1st Edition

Writing for Engineering and Science Students Staking Your Claim

By Gerald Rau Copyright 2020
    324 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    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)



    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