Cleveland State University

College of Engineering

 

ESC 720 - Research Communications

Fall 2015

 

Textbook (recommended; not required): Technical Communication, by Mike Markel

 

Recommended References:

The Elements of Style, by Oliver Strunk

Guide to Grammar and Style, by Jack Lynch

The King's English, by Henry Fowler

The Chicago Manual of Style, by University Of Chicago Press

The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, by Allan Siegal and William Connolly

A Writer's Reference, by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Goals and Objectives: This course is designed to enhance the ability of engineering doctoral students to communicate effectively in technical areas and in technical venues.

 

Overview of Assignments:

 

Homework: Expect to work two hours outside of class for every one hour in class. Homework will be assigned throughout the course and will be shown at http://academic.csuohio.edu/simond/courses/esc720/homework.html. Homework must be handed in to the instructor at the start of class on the due date in hard-copy format, except as noted below. Email submissions will not be accepted. If you cannot attend class on the due date, fax your homework to 216-687-5405.

 

On-Line Homework Submissions: The following assignments must be submitted at www.turnitin.com. The deadlines for these assignments are enforced by the turnitin web site, so late submissions cannot be accepted.

1.      Presentation slides

2.      Job application (cover letter and resume)

3.      Paper Version A - The requirements for this report and the grading criteria are explained on the grading rubric.

4.      Research Proposal - The format must follow specific proposal format guidelines.

5.      Paper Version B - The requirements for this report and the grading criteria are explained on the grading rubric.

6.      Research Poster

7.      Get the Turnitin Class ID and Password from the instructor

 

Course Ethics:

See https://www.csuohio.edu/engineering/sites/csuohio.edu.engineering/files/Ethics%20Policy.pdf for the EECS Department Ethics Policy.

 

Grading Criteria:

20%

Homework and participation

20%

Paper Version A

10%

Peer Reviews and Response Documents

20%

Report Version B

10%

Research Poster

10%

Research Proposal

10%

Final exam (open book and open notes, but no electronic devices are allowed)

 

Grading scale:

A

93-100

A minus

90-93

B plus

87-90

B

83-87

B minus

80-83

C

70-80

  

Instructor:

Dan Simon

 

Phone:

216-687-5407

 

Fax:

216-687-5405

 

Email address:

d.j.simon@csuohio.edu

 

Web site:

http://academic.csuohio.edu/simond/

 

Course web site:

http://academic.csuohio.edu/simond/courses/esc720

Office:

Stilwell Hall 343

 

Lab:    

Stilwell Hall 310

 

Office Hours:

TBD

 

Lecture / Discussion Topics:

 

Markel Material

Topic

Number of Lectures (?)

Chapter 1

Introduction

2 lectures

-

Success as a DRE Student

3 lectures

Appendix B

References and Citations

1 lecture

-

Journal Impact and Citations -
Theresa Nawalaniec

1 lecture

-

Refworks - Theresa Nawalaniec

1 lecture

Chapter 2

Ethics

1 lecture

Chapter 6, Appendix A

How to Read

2 lectures

-

How to Do Research

1 lecture

Chapters 5, 7, 8, 9

How to State Your Thesis

1 lecture

Chapters 3, 10

The Writing Process, Effective Writing,
and Common Mistakes

2 lectures

-

Peer Review

2 lectures

-

How to Respond to Peer Reviews

1 lecture

-

ACC Reviews

 

Chapters 7, 9

Writing Structure and Style

1 lecture

Chapter 12

Graphics and Tables

1 lecture

Chapter 21

Oral Presentations

1 lecture

-

Dissertation Proposals

1 lecture

Chapter 16

Research Proposals

2 lectures

-

Research Posters

1 lecture

Chapter 14

Letters, Memos, and Emails

1 lecture

Chapter 15

Job Applications and Resumes

1 lecture

-

LaTeX - LaTeX.zip

2 lectures

 

Other Slides

Selekted Riting Wrules

Common Writing Errors

Poor Writing Sample

 

Research and Writing References

Technical report template

How to do research, by Dan Simon - published as Research in the balance (7.2 MB)

You and your research, by Richard Hamming

Hints on Writing Technical Papers and Making Presentations, by Victor Li

CSU Writing Center

 

Sample Research Proposals

Electrocardiology proposal

Biogeography proposal

 


Professor Simon's Home Page

 

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 

Cleveland State University


Last Revised: November 23, 2015