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. You have to submit several technical reports. Some ideas include:
1. Write from an outline
2. Expect to write several drafts
3. Use Tracking function in MS Word to enter and 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
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.
Some hints for achieving success in group projects or ones in which collaboration is central to the assignment:
Make sure that you include the full citation of the article about which you are summarizing or writing.
A summary is different than an abstract which states the hypothesis, findings & conclusion with an acceptance or rejection of the hypothesis. A summary provides more discussion and analysis with input from the reader - a more interpretive essay that can offer commentary and criticism. The reader can state whether they agree with the methodology, findings and conclusions and whether they will stand up to the test of time or what impact they may have. Basically a short critique. You can measure the number of words in MS Word by highlighting the text of what you have composed.
The criteria for participating in peer review suggests an open mind and objectivity. It also includes the ability to answer some of the following quedstions:
A Gantt Chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates a product schedule and is more fully described in the wikipedia entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gantt_chart
There are many ways to develop a Gantt Chart. Without investing in special software you may want to try using Excel and follow the directions noted at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/create-a-gantt-chart-in-excel-HA001034605.aspx There are some free software packages that you can download which appear to create the Gantt Chart for you to populate - see http://www.smartdraw.com/specials/ppc/project-charts.htm?id=45107&gclid=CKGz5f3k_LQCFc6DQgodBUwA7w
You have several assignments in this class. They include writing essays, group collaboration, presentations, research papers, technical papers.