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1st Edition

Writing for Engineering and Science Students
Staking Your Claim

ISBN 9781138388253
Published August 19, 2019 by Routledge
324 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Writing for Engineering and Science Students is a clear and practical guide for anyone undertaking either academic or technical writing. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience of teaching students from different fields and cultures, and designed to be accessible to both international students and native speakers of English, this book:

  • Employs analyses of hundreds of articles from engineering and science journals to explore all the distinctive characteristics of a research paper, including organization, length and naming of sections, and location and purpose of citations and graphics;
  • Guides the student through university-level writing and beyond, covering lab reports, research proposals, dissertations, poster presentations, industry reports, emails, and job applications;
  • Explains what to consider before and after undertaking academic or technical writing, including focusing on differences between genres in goal, audience, and criteria for acceptance and rewriting;
  • Features tasks, hints, and tips for teachers and students at the end of each chapter, as well as accompanying eResources offering additional exercises and answer keys.

With metaphors and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience, as well as quotes from famous writers to make the text engaging and accessible, this book is essential reading for all students of science and engineering who are taking a course in writing or seeking a resource to aid their writing assignments.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
To the student
To the teacher

Part 1: Getting the big picture

Chapter 1: General principles of writing

Chapter 2: Overall format of research articles

Chapter 3: Argument structure of research articles

Part 2: Argument structure in exemplar articles

Chapter 4: Establishing the importance of and need for the research

Chapter 5: Demonstrating the continuity and novelty of your research

Chapter 6: Verifying the contribution of your research

Chapter 7: Evidence from past research

Chapter 8: Evidence from current research

Chapter 9: Clear reasoning

Part 3: Exploring different genres

Chapter 10: Argument structure in different types of writing

Chapter 11: Undergraduate writing

Chapter 12: Graduate writing

Chapter 13: Academic writing

Chapter 14: Technical writing

Chapter 15: Writing about yourself and others

Chapter 16: Academic and technical presentations

Chapter 17: Principles for successful email

Part 4: Creating your masterpiece

Chapter 18: Writing in stages

Chapter 19: Prewriting

Chapter 20: Writing

Chapter 21: Rewriting for organization

Chapter 22: Rewriting for clarification

Chapter 23: Revision and finalization

Part 5: Adding the final touches

Chapter 24: Illustrating your manuscript

Chapter 25: References and citations

Chapter 26: The first shall be last

Chapter 27: Submission and Review

Appendix 1: Generalized component list
Appendix 2: Concordance, Academic Word List, and related tools
Appendix 3: List of Supplemental Material (Online)


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Gerald Rau is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan.


"A useful work to help students develop awareness of structures and forms typically used in key genres in engineering and science. The book provides many examples and descriptions to help students understand expectations for academic writing."   

Helen Basturkmen, University of Auckland, New Zealand