Writing for Engineers MSE 801 (3)
The goal of MSE 801 is to improve the ability of students to successfully complete graduate-level research by equipping and supporting them with knowledge and strategies related to writing in an engineering graduate context. Course content will address strategies related to the writing for publication process, including common writing problems as well as the purpose of and information included in engineering research manuscripts. Course activities will be selected based on an initial assessment of graduate student developmental trajectories and will include exercises to apply relevant strategies to writing processes such as: rhetorical analysis, collaborating with a supervisor, identifying areas for investigation, proposing a writing project, locating relevant primary literature, managing research, organizing disciplinary knowledge through concept maps and developing outlines, iteratively honing writing skills through progressive manuscript drafts, applying rubrics to peer-to peer feedback, and developing oral presentation skills. Assessments will be based on participation in class activities and completion of writing assignments. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students who have taken ENSC 803 may not take this course for further credit.