Writing 2E
Academic Writing for Engineers








Course Description
Writing 2E is an introductory writing course designed especially for freshmen in the College of Engineering. It provides you with instruction and practice in the following: reading and analyzing a range of material, including scientific and technical discourse; writing formal, research-based documents; conducting both primary and secondary research; learning technical writing genres and formats; working with a range of computer software and networking programs. The overall goal of Writing 2E is to help you become a more capable and more confident reader and writer, of technical as well as non-technical documents.

Required Texts
A Guide to Writing as an Engineer, David Beer & David McMurrey (available at the UCSB Bookstore)
Writing 2E Reader, Sorapure (available at Grafikart in Isla Vista)

Assignments and Grades
Detailed descriptions of all assignments are included in the Writing 2E Reader and at our class website. The two major assignments for the course—the Research Essay and the Technical Report—each have smaller component assignments that you will be asked to turn in. Your final grade will be determined (roughly) as follows:

30% = Research Essay
30% = Technical Report
15% = Oral Presentation
15% = Perfect Paragraph
10% = Classwork & Participation

Important Information

  • We meet every Wednesday from 1:00 to 1:50 in the Miramar lab (Phelps 1526).
  • Your attendance and participation in this class are very important. You are allowed two absences; after that, your final grade will be lowered by one grade for each absence (e.g., if you are absent 3 times, an A becomes an A-; if you are absent 4 times, an A becomes a B+).
  • If you arrive late to class, I count that as half an absence
  • Please keep in mind that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given during class.
  • Note to disabled students: If you are a student with a disability and would like to discuss special accommodations, please contact me.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University.
  • My office hours are Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00. I am also available to meet with you by appointment. Please don’t hesitate to see me or to make an appointment if you have any questions about the course.