MIT1_018JF09_Lec04

MIT1_018JF09_Lec04 - 1.018/7.30J Fall 2009 Ecology I Harlan...

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Keep it as simple as possible, yet no simpler. Albert Einstein Based on work by Michael Alley Harlan Harlan Breindel, Lecturer Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies MIT 1.018/7.30J Fall 2009 Ecology I
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2 The fundamental purpose of scientific discourse is not the mere presentation of information and thought but rather its actual communication . It does not matter how pleased an author might be to have converted all the right data into sentences and paragraphs; it matters only whether a large majority of the reading audience accurately perceives what the author had in mind. --George Gopen and Judith Swan The Science of Scientific Writing
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3 How well you communicate affects your career Survey (Richard M. Davis) Successful engineers spent 25% of work week writing Survey (Virginia Tech) Recruiters claim that engineers need more work on their writing Survey (Wisconsin) Professional engineers found writing their most useful subject in college
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4 Scientists and engineers are called upon to communicate in many different situations specific technical audiences non-technical audiences general technical audiences Reports Articles Proposals Web Pages Conferences Lectures Meetings Posters
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5 In scientific writing, formats vary considerably to serve different situations Formal Reports Journal Articles Presentation Slides
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6 The majority of your work is communicated in a variety of documents hat is a document? Like most engineering projects, a document is an artifact that is designed and produced • It is created – For specific purposes – For specific audiences – For specific uses • It is modular
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7 The structure of a document is reflected in the headings, subheadings, and paragraphs
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8 Today’s talk will overview the term project, consider structure, overview the Project Description
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9 The Term Paper consists of a series of five assignments, which will be completed in stages 1) Topic Submission……….………. . Due Lecture #3 2) Project Description………………. Due Lecture #7 3) Introduction………………………. . Due Lecture #11 4) Experimental Design/Proposal….Due Lecture #15 5) Complete Final Paper……………. Due Lecture #22 * Oral Presentation: (15% of term project grade)
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10 The final proposal includes all revised sections, and Conclusion & Recommendations
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11 Your Introduction should consist of three parts, which: Discusses the issues and attributes of the problem addressed by the topic you’ve selected. Identify the problem’s implications ecologically and socially,
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BIO 7.344 taught by Professor Bobsauer during the Spring '08 term at MIT.

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MIT1_018JF09_Lec04 - 1.018/7.30J Fall 2009 Ecology I Harlan...

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