Communication Handouts for Courses in Engineering and Science


This web-site presents materials to help instructors in engineering and science incorporate writing and presentation assignments into their courses. Presented in Table 1 is a set of materials for incorporating writing assignments. Table 2 presents a similar set of materials for incorporating presentations. Please feel free to download these templates and to modify them to suit your course. However, when distributing these handouts to other instructors, please give credit to the author: Michael Alley, College of Engineering, Penn State.


Table 1. Handouts for Incorporating Writing into Engineering and Science Courses.

Evaluation Criteria for Writing Criteria for evaluating the style and form of student writing
Rubric for Evaluating Writing Rubric for evaluating the style and form of writing
Teaching Slides on Evaluation Criteria Teaching slides that explain criteria for evaluating the style and form of student writing
Gray Areas Clarification of positions by instructors on gray-area issues of writing
Template for Formal Report Template for an engineering formal report (with imbedded comments on style and format)
Grading Tips Suggestions to GTAs and senior graders on how to evaluate writing
Positive Comments on Grading Suggestions for different positive comments that can be given to students about their writing


Table 2. Handouts for Incorporating Presentations into Engineering and Science Courses.

Evaluation Criteria for Presentations Criteria for how group presentations will be evaluated
Rubric for Evaluating Team Presentations Rubric for evaluating team presentations
Peer Critique of Presentations Peer critique forms for presentations by student groups
Web-Site on Teaching Slide Design Web-Site for teaching the assertion-evidence structure of slides
Teaching Slides on Slide Design Slides for teaching the assertion-evidence structure of slides
Template for Presentation Slides PowerPoint template for a set of assertion-evidence slides in an engineering presentation (with note pages on style and format)



Originated: 09/2006
Last updated: 12/2008
http://writing.engr.psu.edu/handouts/