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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

 

 

The Department of M&IE has adopted the following checklist of desired technical writing outcomes for students in each the three programs: Use the checklist as a guide for all writing tasks in your coursework.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Writing Outcomes  
Undergraduate Programs in IE, ME, MET

General Writing Outcomes

         Writing is an important part of an engineering and technology education and career.

         Writing is a process that involves planning, drafting, and revising.

         Engineers and Technologists must be prepared to write to different audiences for different purposes.

  Specific Writing Outcomes 

  • Generate reports with clear and complete engineering content  

o        Content tailored to context (audience, purpose, use)  

o        Clear statement of purpose

o        Complete analysis

o        Correct and thorough conclusions

o        Appropriate backup content in appendices

o        Synthesis and clear presentation of information from various sources (web, library, course content)

  • Generate reports with logical flow

o        Clear connections between sections and within sections

o        Use of paragraphs for change of thoughts

o        Headings and subheadings where appropriate

  • Design and integrate effective graphic elements (tables, figures, and other non-textual elements)

o        Appropriate graphic elements when needed

o        Graphic elements integrated with text or placed in an appendix if appropriate

o        Clear and complete labels for, and references to, graphic elements (figures, tables, equations etc.) and appendices

o        Appropriate use of bulleted/numbered lists

  • Generate grammatically and mechanically correct reports

o        Subject/verb agreement

o        Tense

o        Sentence Structure (complete sentences, no run-on sentences, relatively simple sentence structure)

o        Spelling

o        Punctuation

o        Word usage (e.g., affect vs. effect)

o        Citation of references

  • Write in an appropriate style and tone for the context

o        Voice, Person

o        Word choice

o        Definitions for and correct use of technical terms

o        Conciseness (minimal repetitions, no unnecessary content)

o        Professional tone:  written to inform, not to impress; appropriate level of formality

o        Clarity

o        Consistency (two inches, 2”, 2 in.) 

 

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