English Technical Writing

Numbering Code Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name NISHIWAKI SHINJI (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
Wever Steve (Part-time Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course  大学院学生にとって,英語により論文執筆する知識・能力を得ることは必須課題である.本講義では,英語による技術論文の執筆の仕方について,演習を踏まえながら講義を行う.すわなち,論文を執筆する際に必要となる,英語論文の常識,論文の構成方法,アブストラクト・緒言・結論のまとめ方,図・方法の記載方法,更にはより理解を深める英語の表現方法ついて,演習を交えながら,講述する.
Course Goals 英語の論文を構成・執筆できる十分な知識と能力を習得する.
Schedule and Contents 1) What Is Technical Writing?
This class will provide an introduction to technical writing with specific examples showing the difference between general and technical English, as well as a review of the grammar forms that are important for technical writing.

2) The Patterns of General to Specific and Comparison and Contrast
Writing well-organized paragraphs is important for communicating your ideas clearly and efficiently. This class will provide students with two common patterns used for organizing paragraphs: 1) starting the paragraph with a general idea and then expanding on this with more specific detail, and 2) describing how things are the same and how they are different.

3) The Patterns of Cause and Effect and Sequencing
This class will provide students with two more common patterns used for organizing paragraphs: 1) showing the connection between an effect and its cause, and 2) describing a sequence of steps in a process.

4) Definitions and Describing Products
In technical writing it is essential to be able to write accurate descriptions of various aspects of your research. This class will focus on how to write clear and understandable definitions of your work as well as accurately describe the characteristics of items and products.

5) The Introduction Section
This class will focus on what information is required for a good introduction to your research. Students will begin writing the Introduction section to their research.

6) The Experimental Section
This class will examine what features and language are required for the experimental section of a paper. Students will begin writing the Experimental section to their research.

7) Describing Graphs and Other Visuals
There are many kinds of figures and graphs required for technical papers. When presenting figures and graphs, you cannot just simply show them, you must also describe them in words. This class will help students describe changes over time in graphs as well as the relationship between 2 variables.

8) The Discussion Section
It is not enough just to present data. Good technical writing should also interpret the results, discuss their importance and make recommendations for action or future research. This class will focus on how to write a good Discussion section of a technical paper. Students will begin writing the Discussion section to their research.

9) The Conclusion Section
The Conclusion section is very important because it is one of the most read sections of the report. This class will focus on how to organize and write a good Conclusion for your paper. Students will begin writing the Conclusion section to their research.

10) The Title and Abstract
A good title and abstract are essential for describing the content of your report. This class will focus on how to write good titles and abstracts. Students will begin writing the Titles and Abstract section to their research.

11) Resumes - Part 1
A resume is a written description of you that potential employers, etc., use as an important first evaluation of your background, experience and accomplishments. This class will examine what information is generally given in a resume, and how to present this information in an effective manner. Students will begin writing resumes about themselves.

12) Resumes - Part 2
This is a workshop session where students will work together and with the instructor to evaluate the other students’ resumes and give feedback on improvements they can make. The goal of this class will be for each student to have a good draft resume prepared for their future use.

13) Final Paper Preparation
This is a workshop session where students will work together and with the instructor to evaluate the other students’ final papers and give feedback on improvements they can make. The goal of this class will be for each student to have a good draft final paper prepared to finalize for the next week.

14) Final Paper Submission and Class Wrap-up
Students will submit their final papers about their research. There will be a review of the semester course work with final comments and questions.

15)学修到着度の確認
学修到達度の確認の後に、フィードバックを行う。
Evaluation Methods and Policy 期末試験とレポート課題による.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) 講義資料による予習・復習を充分行うこと。
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