Homework 1 - MEEN 260 Introduction to Engineering...

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MEEN 260 Introduction to Engineering Experimentation Homework 1: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Assigned: Thursday, 22 Jan. 2009 Due: Thursday, 29 Jan. 2009, 5:00 pm Task 1) Read the attached article regarding the debate over the first professional degree in engineering. This discussion will likely have a direct impact on your career in the future (e.g. to be licensed engineer, you may need to have an M.S. degree). Type a single paragraph presenting your persuasive argument for, or against, the change (less than 250 words). Task 2) Go online to http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=4917#toc and read the booklet “On Being a Responsible Scientist” published by the National Academies. Afterwards, for each of the sub-sections below, type a concise paragraph (~200 words) answering the questions posed in the booklet. a. “The Selection of Data” b. “Credit Where Credit is Due” c. “A Case of Plagiarism” Task 3) Consider the data in the associated excel spreadsheet (HW1_P3.xls). What conclusion(s) can you draw from the data? Create a single plot that clearly conveys this information to the reader. Correctly use axis labels, legends, units, and figure title to communicate with the reader. Do not include a paragraph describing the plot. Remember to use the HW cover sheet when submitting your homework!
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www.ieee.org/theinstitute W e’d l i ke you r opinion. Should the first profes- sional degree in engineering be at the Bachelor or Master level? The IEEE is considering whether to follow the recom- mendations of several other professional bodies and de- clare that a Master of Science or Master of Engineering (rather than Bachelor-level degrees) should be an engi- neer’s first professional de- gree. While electrical and computer engineers make up the IEEE’s single largest group of engineers (with mechan- ical engineers forming the next largest contingent) the policy being worked on—in collaboration with other pro- fessional associations—will address all branches of en- gineering. To help guide the IEEE’s position, we are solicit- ing our members’ opinions. THE BASICS Let us start with some background. The first professional degree in engineering is the cus- tomary degree needed for the practice of engineering. Practice is understood to be carried out in an industrial setting, and does not require much additional training. However, it is widely ac- cepted that in a field as large and diverse as engineering, some specialties require more training. For example, researchers and academ- ics often need advanced degrees. Individuals who branch into sales and mar- keting often seek additional degrees in business admin- istration. Still, the concept of the first professional degree is useful, since it informs the public (and li- censing bodies) about the minimum requirements that qualify an aspiring pro-
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