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  1. Engineers take on Writing: Integrating Technical Writing InstructionInto Second- and Third-year Engineering Courses Scott D. Peterson, Department of English Allison Whitney, Electrical and Computer Engineering Eric Beenfeldt, Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Maine

  2. Key concerns about the writing ability of ECE graduates • Inability to identify critical information, Incorrect grammar or syntax, Poor Organization • Imprecise language, Poor readability, Lack of Clarity • Inability to summarize, Poor report format, Wordiness • Weak analysis, Spelling • Inaccurate statements, Poor technical vocabulary

  3. Plan for Integrating Technical Communication into ECE

  4. Incremental Nature of Assignments

  5. Presentation and Workshop Process for ECE Assignments

  6. Sample Assignment for ECE 214

  7. Sample handout

  8. Sample workshop prompt

  9. Sample Assignment for ECE 343

  10. Benefits of the new approach and new writing assignments • ECE students introduced to and make use of technical communication concepts earlier. • Shorter assignments raise quality of student writing and instructor feedback. • Scenarios develop professional context and anticipate on-the-job writing situations. • Team-teaching reinforces instruction by ECE and English Department faculty.