The introduction provides a brief and succinct description of the topic, its scope, and your
purposes in preparing the paper. Limit is from 75 to 150 words.
Body of the paper:
You will use headings for the body of the paper which depend on the topic, purposes, and
scope of your effort, as well as on the resources you use to put the report together. You do not
present your own opinions in the body of the paper unless you are a published expert in the field.
You should give a brief (2 pages) theoretical background on your topic. This should
focus on explaining the materials engineering at a level relevant to this class. That is,
explain your topic using the content in this course. The point of this is to show an
understanding of the materials engineering topic. You will be graded based on how well you
articulate this material (you need to show that you understand the materials theory of your topic). The next section (1 – 2 pages) should discuss one application to which your topic is relevant.
This involves locating a journal article with current research relating to your overall topic. You
need to give some detailed description about the application, how it operates, and how it utilizes
your materials engineering theory. You must cite the material.
Trends and the future…. :
Include a discussion of where the technology is going in the near and intermediate (25
years) future, as well as its implications for users and for society. Make sure the reader can tell
when you are ‘speaking’, and when you are presenting the opinions of others. Use the
information from your application for this section.
In the summary, you will condense the major points of the paper into one or two
paragraphs. You may not introduce anything here that has not already been presented and
discussed in the body of the paper. In the conclusion, you get to tell your reader what you think
it all means, and what its significance is. Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages long, not
including the reference page.
The Department of Technology follows the reference formats described in the APA Style
manual, available in the bookstore. It is your responsibility to learn and use this style. A simple
example is the listing of your textbook in the Course Syllabus. Your paper should show a
minimum of three references, at least two from the library. These should be books which you can
access directly from the library or online. Be sure to include the journal article that you used for
your application. Include a Reference Page listing the books, articles, and/or websites that you
used in your paper.
Additional Grading Criteria
In addition to being graded on the content described above, your grade will also be based on:
• Writing quality: the paper should be well written with no grammatical or spelling errors.
Do not write in the first person (avoid us/we/I) as this is not common in technical writing.
Get a friend or classmate to proofread your writing. If you struggle with writing, you
should utilize the Writing Center which offers free, one on one tutoring in writing. The
Writing Center also has excellent resources on its website.
• Writing style and flow: part of your grade will assess how well the content in the report
flows together. Connect your ideas in a logical sequence. Include enough information on
each topic so that the paper does not read like a bunch of disjointed sentences that were
strung together. Creating an outline, even for a short paper such as this, helps set the
foundation for a logically flowing paper. Make sure you have an opening and concluding
sentence. Don’t end on a new fact or statement. Your concluding sentence should be a
• Referencing: You must include all the references you used to research the topic. In
addition, make sure all main facts and data are properly referenced using APA style. The
Writing Center has some good resources on referencing (scroll down to the bottom of:
• This is an individual assignment. It is a maximum of 5 pages. This must be typed
(double or one and a half spacing is fine, but make sure you cover the content above).
You upload the file directly into the Canvas Dropbox. Note that the Dropbox will be
checking for plagiarism. Be sure to write all of it in your own words. A good tip to
prevent accidentally copying from another source is to take notes in your own words
(using something like a bulleted list of short phrases). Then when you write your paper,
use only your own notes (don’t look at the original source).