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Writing Kit for Engineering Design Reports


The “Writing Kit for Engineering Design Reports” is a suite of tools designed to support the development of improved technical writing skills in undergraduate engineering students. Originally created for integration into a third-year design course that requires students to prepare a 40-page design report for a client-based project, the kit can be adapted to other writing assignments and academic levels.

The kit is available in a zipped file that contains four elements:

  • Writing guidelines
  • Supplemental support materials on effective writing (workshop slides)
  • Assessment Rubrics (for self- and peer evaluation)
  • LaTeX templates (for formatting the reports)

A README file provides information on how this kit may be used, as well as copyright and licensing information.

Details of the development of the writing kit and its integration into the third-year design course at the University of Guelph (Canada), were presented at the first annual conference of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, held June 7-9, 2010 at Queen’s University, Kingston,ON, Canada. The conference paper citation is: Hundleby, M., Moussa, M. Lubitz, W. D. and Pritchard, P. (2010) A Writing Kit for Engineering Design Reports. Proceedings of the 2010 Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference.

Distribution notes

This kit is freely available for use and adaptation.

We encourage you to share the kit with colleagues and we request that you refer them to the source URL:

To access the kit please complete the following two steps:

  1. Register by clicking the link under "My Account" in the panel to the right.
  2. Send an email to requesting access. In this email, please indicate your institutional affiliation and comment on how you might use the kit.

Thank you for your interest in the Writing Kit for Engineering Design Reports.

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