Writing for Science and Engineering

Papers, Presentations and Reports

By

  • Heather Silyn-Roberts, University of Auckland

Learning how to write clearly and concisely is an integral part of furthering your research career; however, doing so is not always easy. In this second edition, fully updated and revised, Dr. Silyn-Roberts explains in plain English the steps to writing abstracts, theses, journal papers, funding bids, literature reviews, and more. The book also examines preparing seminar and conference presentations. Written in a practical and easy to follow style specifically for postgraduate students in Engineering and Sciences, this book is essential in learning how to create powerful documents.

Writing for Science and Engineering will prove invaluable in all areas of research and writing due its clear, concise style. The practical advice contained within the pages alongside numerous examples to aid learning will make the preparation of documentation much easier for all students.

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Audience

All science, engineering and technology postgraduates will find this useful, as well as research and development workers who are expected to write reports and make presentations.

 

Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-098285-4

Reviews

"Silyn-Roberts…presents this technical manual for writing in the sciences, intended to help students build technical competency. The basic structure of a scientific document and how to work from a skeleton of headings is covered, followed by considerations for specific types of documents. Advice on references, conventions, revising and editing is given. A small section on style is included, and the book ends by treating oral presentations."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
'Practical advice contained within the pages alongside numerous examples to aid learning will make the preparation of documentation much easier for all students'.--Engineering Designer, March 2001
"Writing for Science and Engineering will prove invaluable in all areas of research and writing due to its clear, concise style".--The Engineers Journal, October 2000
"Excellent text"--Professor Doug Probert, School of Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield University
'This book could serve as a practical guide to all aspects of documentation in Engineering, Science and Technology areas.'--Chemical Industry Digest, Feb. 2001




Table of Contents

Section 1:  Document Structure. The Requirements for each Section
Chapter 1: The General Structure of a Document
Chapter 2: The Core Chapter: Sections and Elements of a Document

Section 2:  Specific Types of Documents
Chapter 3: Abstract; Summary; Executive Summary
Chapter 4: Literature Review
Chapter 5: Research Proposal
Chapter 6: Journal Paper
Chapter 7: Progress Reports
Chapter 8: Consulting/ Management Report; Recommendation Report
Chapter 9: Engineering Design Report
Chapter 10: Formal Letters
Chapter 11: Emails and faxes
Chapter 12: Procedures or a set of instructions
Chapter 13: Thesis
Chapter 14: Conference Poster

Section 3: Referencing, Editorial Conventions, Revising, Proofreading
Chapter 15: Referencing
Chapter 16: Editorial Conventions
Chapter 17: Revising and Proofreading

Section 4: Writing Style
Chapter 18: Problems of Style: recognising and correcting them

Section 5: Presenting your work orally
Chapter 19: A Seminar or Conference Presentation
Chapter 20: Presentation to Small Groups
Appendices