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  • 1. Jennifer Ambrose Assistant Director, Hanson CTC
  • 2. Statics Writing Assignment: Overview
    • Your team will write three documents to an organization that funds engineering education projects:
      • A 1-page letter of intent (confirms your intention to submit a proposal).
      • A 4- to 6-page proposal (what you intend to do, how you intend to do it, what you hope to learn).
      • A 4- to 6-page final report (what you did, how it was done, what you discovered).
  • 3. Who Do You Write to and Why? (1)
    • Grants for Furthering Education, or GFE, has issued an RFP (request for proposal) for engineering students who wish to conduct an experiment-based study of Statics principles.
  • 4. Who Do You Write to and Why? (2)
    • The decision makers at GFE include engineers but also people unfamiliar with statics or engineering principles, so you will need to make your case for funding with persuasive arguments, precise descriptions, and clearly defined terms.
  • 5. Who Do You Write to and Why? (3)
    • Demonstrate that your proposed experiments will enhance your knowledge of statics and contribute to your growth as engineers.
    • Describe your experiments for readers who may be unfamiliar with engineering principles.
    • Cite your sources.
    • Practice writing as a team.
  • 6. The Letter of Intent
    • Written in a professional tone, this 1-page business letter should —
      • Confirm that your team plans to submit a proposal in response to the GFE’s RFP (welcome to the world of acronyms).
      • Note briefly why your team is “a good match” for the GFE (you will discuss your team’s qualifications more fully in the proposal).
      • Indicate at least two sources you plan to consult for your proposal, such as an engineering web site (don’t use Wikipedia!) and your textbook.
  • 7. The Proposal (1)
    • Your proposal should—
      • Convince your readers that your plan is sound and that your team is qualified to accomplish it.
      • Serve your readers as a roadmap to the final report.
  • 8. The Proposal (2)
      • Introduction —Introduce yourselves and state your objectives. Why should the GFE choose your team to conduct these experiments?
      • Specific Aims — What do you intend to do? What knowledge do you hope to gain?
      • Background and Significance — Why is the work important? What has already been done?
  • 9. The Proposal (3)
    • Research Design and Methods — How are you going to do the work, what tests do you intend to conduct, where will you conduct them, and when will the tests take place?
    • Conclusion —Summarize the merits of your proposed experiments; ask the GFE to grant your request for funding.
    • Reference List — Use APA formatting for Reference List and for parenthetical citations in the proposal where needed.
  • 10. The Final Report (1)
    • The final report—
      • Leads your audience through the experiments you described in your proposal.
        • Serves as a measure of your team’s ability to document your work coherently and explain its significance to a broad audience.
  • 11. The Final Report (2)
    • The final report should demonstrate—
      • Precise grammar, spelling, and organization.
      • Unified voice.
      • Smooth transitions from paragraph to paragraph.
  • 12. Using APA: sample of in-text and Reference List citations
    • In-text:
      • Such a bridge is said to be in equilibrium, meaning that the net result of the forces and moments acting on the structure are equal to zero ( Meriam and Kraige, 2007 ).
    • Reference list:
    • Meriam and Kraige (2007). Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 6 th Edition . John Wiley & Sons.
  • 13. How to Get 15 Free Points!
    • Turn in the Letter of Intent to the Hanson CTC (2224) on time — 9/23 by 4:00 p.m.
    • (5 points)
    • Turn in the Proposal to the Hanson CTC on time.
    • (5 points) — 10/21 by 4:00 p.m.
    • Sign up for a writing appointment at the Hanson CTC
    • between September 10, 2009 and December 1, 2009. (5 points)
  • 14. Schedule and Deadlines Wed., Sept. 23 Letter of Intent due to the CTC, Rm. 2224, by 4:00 p.m. Week of Sept. 28 Letter of Intent returned during discussion sections. Sept. 10 to Dec. 1 Schedule an appointment with the CTC. Note: You receive 5 points if you have an appointment as a team no later than Dec. 1, 2009. Wed., Oct. 21 Proposal due to CTC by 4:00 p.m. (submit with folder and your Letter of Intent). Week of Oct. 26 Proposal returned during discussion sections. Wed., Nov 4 In-class visit by Hanson CTC to discuss writing the final report. Wed., Dec. 2 The Final Report must be submitted in two forms: (1) A hard copy directly to the CTC by 4:00 p.m. in your folder (2) An electronic copy mailed to: [email_address] Week of Dec. 7 Final papers and folders returned during discussion sections.
  • 15. The assignment and evaluation sheet can be found on the Center’s web site at http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/~ctc . We’ve expanded our hours: Monday-Friday,1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday morning, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sunday evening, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Location: 2224 SC (in the Student Commons area) Scheduling: Appointment sign-up sheet posted on window outside door of 2224 SC. Questions?
  • 16. Thank You

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