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Engineering 190W - Winter 2020 - Bach Section: Assignments




There are many hints about how to become a more effective communicator, writer and presenter.  Remember that this first and foremost is an advanced technical writing class.  Some ideas include:

1.  Write from an outline

2.  Expect to write several drafts

3.  Use Tracking to see revisions

4.  Create Bibliography as you write - consider using Bibliographic Management Software -

5.  For a research paper, you may find the following outline helpful:


Background/ Description of Problem or Question/Context/Importance

Research Methodology


Summary of Literature Review


Acceptance or rejection of the hypothesis

6.  Read paper aloud - see cadences and length of sentences - shorten when possible for clarity

7.  Create your portfolio.

Working in Groups

Some hints for achieving success iin group projects:

  1. establish a group leader to keep everyone focused and on task
  2. contract with one another about what each will deliver
  3. share information widely
  4. work from an outline
  5. use Tracking option in MS Word - go to "Review" tab, click on "Tracking Changes" to activate and save different versions that will note editorial revisions
  6. remember that group effort contributes to defining everyone's outcome
  7. consider using a platform such as Google Drive to share writing passages and ideas - you will need to register - see  and

Hints for Specific Assignments

There are several different assignments to be completed in this brief term and some hints follow for each assignment:

  1. Ethics essay - follow the recommended methods to consult appropriate resources about a real-world engineering case study or scenario
  2. Collaborative or Group Research Project - establish some basic ground rules in conducting research, sharing information, drafting sections, editing to create a "common voice" - set up some ways that each group member can lead and be aware of progress of other members
  3. Technical Research Paper - write from an outline; conduct research early on; consider consulting with a librarian
  4. Presentations - consider any supplemental materials that you will use in your presentations - posters, powerpoint, and make sure that it is a blend of text and images, with everything well documented and cited
  5. Finding appropriate journal article.  Consider audience to whom you will present so that content is appropriate and interesting - Think of your topic.  Browse or search in appropriate database or index to find several articles and then choose the one that is most relevant.  Consider the main points of the article when you write up the summary and prepare oral presentation.
  6. Technical description to a generalist audience - consider directions to a new gadget or appliance or summary of something that is complete - a good exercise is to read the general news magazines or newspapers and compare the coverage of it with the original scientific or technical article on which it is based
  7. Public speaking - inject humor and relevance to the talk or presentation; appear relaxed and comfortable with topic as well anticipate any questions that may be posed





Hints for Group Assignments

There are several good sources for each topic - please use them as a starting point and then consider what additional sources of information are needed - the links to the sources are found below:

Section: 12:30pm class

Group 1 - Alternative Fuels for Cars

Subject headings include:  Alternative & renewable energy sources & technology; Biodiesel fuels; Spark ignition engines - Alternative fuels;

Sources will include:  Compendex; Plunketts Research Online (under Automobiles, topic #12 - Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continue/Fuel Cell Cars Enter the Market; ASME Digital Collection; SAE Mobilus

Group 2 - Smart Roads

Recommended Subject Headings: Roads - Economic aspects; Intelligent transportation; Smart roads

Recommended Sources: ASCE Digital Library; Compendex; Proquest Materials Science & Engineering Collection; Transport; TRID; Web of Science; Scopus; Academic Search Complete

Group 3 - Smart Pills

Subject Headings include:  Pharmacology; Psychopharmacology

Sources include the following resources:  Academic Search Complete; Scopus; PubMed, SpringerLink; BCC Research; Business Source Complete; see

Group 4 -  GPS - how it works

Subject Headings include: Automatic tracking; Global position system

Sources will include:  ASCE Digital Library; Compendex; Transport; TRID; Web of Science; Scopus; Academic Search Complete

Group 5 - Government Surveillance Equipment

Recommended subject headings:  Computer security; Electronic surveillance; Government accountability; Intelligence service;

Recommended Sources will include: Compendex; Business Source Complete; IEEE Xplore; ASME Digital Collection; ENGnetBASE; SpringerLink; NTRL


Section: 3:30 pm Class

Group 1 - Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Robotics and Precision Assembly

Recommended Subject Headings:   Manufacturing processes - Automation; Robots, Industrial

Recommended Sources: Compendex; ASME Digital Collection, IEEE Xplore; ENGnetBASE; SpringerLink; Scopus; Knovel; TransTech; Plunkett Research Online (manufactured & robotics industry)

Group 2 - Robotics for the Disabled

Recommended Subject Headings include: Robotics; Assistive robotics; Autonomous robots; Human-robot interaction

Recommended Sources include:  PubMed; Compendex; Scopus; ENGnetBase; ASME Digital Collection; Plunkett Research Online (manufactured & robotics industry)

Group 3 - GPS

Recommended Subject Headings: Automatic tracking; Global position system;

Recommended Sources: ASCE Digital Library; Compendex; Transport; TRID; Web of Science; Scopus; Academic Search Complete

Group 4 - Alternative Fuels for Automobiles

          Recommended Subject Headings: Alternative fuel vehicles; Hybrid electric vehicles; spark ignition engines - Alternative fuels

          Recommended Sources: Compendex; SAE Mobilus; ASME Digital Collection; Plunketts Research Online

Group 5 - Nanotube Transistors

Subject Headings include: Field effect transistors; Nanotube

Sources will include:  Compendex; Web of Science; Scopus; SpringerLink;  Knovel; ENGnetBASE; ASME Digital Collection; IEEE Xplore; Proquest Materials Science & Engineering Collection


Databases & Sources:



Bibliographic Management Software

BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE - allows you to discover, find, manage, recall and apply the citations you retrieve from all formats of work - journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, standards, specifications, patents, conference papers & proceedings, lectures, etc. Neither Zotero nor EndNote support BibTeX or LaTeX, only the usual wordprocessing languages or Legal Style Manual.  For additional information, please visit the Bibliographic Management Software page.

Overall Assignments

You have several assignments in this class.  They include writing essays, group collaboration, presentations, research papers, technical papers. 

APA Citation

The 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 2010 is the current Style Manual and is found at all REF desks at: REF BF 76.7 P83 2010 - for additional support with the APA style manual please consult the following resources and follow this example for a journal article:

author (date of publication). Title of article. Source of article. Volume #, issue #, page references. DOI (if listed) - example:

           Meadows, A., Nolan, L. J., & Higgs, S. (2017). Self-perceived food addiction: Prevalence, predictors, and prognosis.           Appetite 114, 282-298. doi: