|Unit Name||Doctoral Dissertation Research Paper 1|
|Unit Duration||24 week|
Doctor of Engineering
Duration 3 years
|Unit Creator / Reviewer||Dr Martin Murray|
|Pre/Co-requisites||Successful completion of all 600 and 700 level units|
Total Program Credit Points 120
|Mode of Delivery||Online or on-campus.|
20 hours per fortnight:
Supervisor/advisor consultations 2 hours
Assessments / Practical / Lab - 2 hours (where applicable)Personal Study recommended - 16 hours (guided and unguided)
Unit Description and General Aims
Clear and accurate communication of ideas and outcomes is critical to the advancement of engineering science and its application for the betterment of humanity. This criticality is shown most in the communication of research outcomes to the wider engineering community. Research and development of new techniques, ideas, processes, materials, analytical tools, and the like have been fundamental to the development of our advanced economies and societies, and communication of that R&D most often takes place through conferences and journal articles.
This unit develops the skills of the candidate in technical writing, with a particular emphasis on preparing a conference paper in collaboration and co-authorship with an expert colleague. The primary source of the content of the paper will be the research undertaken in the Industry Project unit DEng700, but the unit will also draw upon skills obtained through units DEng602 and DEng603. The industry Project Thesis unit required preparation of a report, whereas the present unit DEng802 provides the candidate with their first opportunity to present some of the key findings from that Project in a recognised formal conference paper. It is a crucial part of the assessment in this unit that the paper is in a form ready for submission to an engineering conference at least at a local level, and which involves peer review.
Though the paper will be co-authored with someone who has proven expertise in publishing technical engineering papers, it is important that the candidate undertakes all of the work in preparing and writing the paper. The role of the candidate’s co-author is intended to be as a guide, mentor, advisor and reviewer prior to submission.
The quality of writing and presentation in the paper will be fundamental to the outcome of assessment in this unit. The candidate will be writing for a very experienced, technically expert audience with high standards and expectations for the papers presented to them in conference proceedings.
On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Contrast, express and demonstrate the differences between conference and journal papers.
Bloom’s Level 2
- Analyse and describe the differences between the styles of technical writing needed for papers, vs writing for dissertations, for business operations and for formal advanced academic technical reports.
Bloom’s Level 4
- Compose a (co-authored) paper (with a colleague) suitable for publication in at least a local technical conference by drawing on one’s research outcomes
Bloom’s Level 6
The cognitive domain levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:
|Bloom's level||Bloom's category||Description|
|1||Remember||Retrieve relevant knowledge from long-term memory by recognising, identifying, recalling and retrieving.|
|2||Understand||Construct meaning from instructional messages by interpreting, classifying, summarising, inferring, comparing, contrasting, mapping and explaining.|
|3||Apply||Carrying out or using a procedure in a given situation by executing, implementing, operating, developing, illustrating, practicing and demonstrating.|
|4||Analyse||Deconstruct material and determine how the parts relate to one another and to an overall structure or purpose by differentiating, organising and attributing.|
|5||Evaluate||Make judgments based on criteria and standards by checking, coordinating, evaluating, recommending, validating, testing, critiquing and judging.|
|6||Create||Put elements together to form a coherent pattern or functional whole by generating, hypothesising, designing, planning, producing and constructing.|
|Assessment Type||When assessed (eg, After Topic 5)||Weighting (% of total unit marks)||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
Type: Brain Map / Proposal
Word length: n/a
Prepare a detailed brain map showing topics and relationships extracted from the Industry Project DEng700, which are planned for conversion into a publishable conference paper.
This also serves as a proposal for the research project / topic to be continued throughout this unit, the research paper 2 unit, and the final doctoral dissertation unit.
|After topic 3||10%||1,3|
Type: Project Plan
Word length: 2000Prepare a plan and Gantt chart of actions in the 2nd term of this unit with regard to preparation and submission of the final paper, with a clear description of how it will differ from other forms of technical writing. Include an annotated bibliography of all the sources planned on being drawn from in the paper.
|After topic 6||15%||1,2|
Type: Draft Submission
Word length: n/aSubmit a draft of your paper using same dissertation topic with at least 60% of the text completed, together with the completed and detailed heading structure, and a full reference list with all bibliographic details shown correctly.
|After topic 9||20%||3,4|
Type: Final Paper
Word length: n/aThe completed, polished conference paper is to be submitted ready for assessment and publication. Because this is a co-authored paper, assessment will include consideration of the degree and regularity of consultation with the supervisor and collaboration with the co-author, throughout the operation of this unit.
Prescribed and Recommended Readings
Laplante, P.A. (2012) Technical writing: a practical guide for engineers and scientists. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Florida USA. ISBN: 13:978-1-4665-0309-0
The required text book provides a number of important references in each chapter. These references and those provided by the instructor will form the basis of the reference materials. Additionally, a number of useful texts, peer-reviewed journals, and websites may be found online. Suitable information may also be found through the following resources:
Creating in-text citations and referencing lists in Word:
Conference vs journal papers:
Software Reference Material
EndNoteTM software for constructing reference lists, bibliography (www.endnote.com)
To prepare the student for writing technically in collaboration with a co-author
- The nature of technical writing for publication
- Writing with collaborator(s)
Technical Writing Basics
To focus on the purpose of writing papers
- Concision, consistency and precision
To examine the methodology of writing technically
- Preparing to write
- Drafts vs editing and review
To explore the outcomes and analysis of technical writing
- Types of research papers
- Opinion vs fact
- Reviews of papers
Graphics in Writing Papers
To identify exemplary use of graphics
- Purpose of graphics in a technical paper
- Types of graphics and how to present them
- Linking graphics and text
To expose the process and pitfalls of publishing
- Why publish
- Submission process
- How to deal with reviewer comments and/or rejections
Conference vs Journal Papers
To make clear the differences between the two main forms of publishing
- Purpose of papers in conferences vs journals
- Promoting discourse vs promoting research
- Adding to body of knowledge vs networking expertise
To identify the differences between writing for business communication and for formal papers
- Types of business communication
- Differences in audiences
- Differences in style of writing
To identify the differences between writing technical reports and formal technical papers
- Differences in purpose between reports and formal papers
- Differences in audiences and outcomes
- Differences in style of writing
Topic 10 and 11
To provide opportunity for the conference paper to be finalised ready for submission
- Pulling the paper together
- Self-critical review and editing
- Proofing and polishing
The final week of this unit is when the students will submit their final, polished paper ready for assessment and for submission for publication.
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