9780195445848

Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences A Student's Guide to Research and Writing

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    9780195445848

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    0195445848

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing is intended for undergraduate students in any engineering or technical science-based course with a research and writing component. Its likeliest home will be in first-year courses; however, it isalso suitable for students at the second- and third-year levels.Revisions to the fourth edition of Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences emphasize the importance of technology. Chapter 7, 'Giving Presentations,' includes greater coverage of presentation materials specific to engineering and stresses the importance of electronic presentations.Increased coverage of technology-based research includes expanded criteria for website evaluation and other Internet resources including blogs and wikis. There is also updated information on citations, sourcing materials from the Internet, and plagiarism. Dates and examples have been updatedthroughout the text. Finally, the new edition features a mini-index, outlining the most common research and writing issues, on the inside front cover for quick and easy reference.

Author Biography

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University. Judi Jewinski is an adjunct associate professor of English, administrative dean, and director of the English Language Institute at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. iv
A Note to the Studentp. v
Writing and Thinkingp. 1
Keeping Notes and Doing Researchp. 15
Writing Summaries and Abstractsp. 31
Writing a Lab Reportp. 39
Writing Proposals and Project Reportsp. 46
Working Collaborativelyp. 61
Giving Presentationsp. 69
Writing in Other Contextsp. 80
Documentationp. 95
Following Conventions for Graphics and Formattingp. 122
Writing Tests and Examinationsp. 134
Writing a Resumé and Letter of Applicationp. 144
Writing for Readabilityp. 156
Common Errors in Grammar and Usagep. 178
Punctuationp. 211
Misused Words and Phrasesp. 230
Glossaryp. 248
Appendix: Weights, Measures, and Notationp. 264
Indexp. 266
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