Assignment Description
The goal of the assignment is to briefly explain/describe a
breakthrough or cutting-edge technology, device, or process related to
your engineering discipline to an audience of your peers (your
classmates). Follow the six steps below to create your technical
synopsis. The writing assignment should not exceed three pages of
double-spaced text (not including your bibliographic entries, which can
be displayed on a subsequent page).
Formatting Guidelines
The format (visual appearance) of your technical synopsis should
consist of double-spaced and left-justified text using an appropriate
font size and style (e.g., Times New Roman 12-point text, Arial 11-point
text, etc.). Use 1-inch margins for the top, bottom, left and right
margins. Be sure your name appears on your synopsis. Pagination,
headers, paragraph headings/footers are not required for this
assignment. The form (organization) of your technical synopsis should
follow the guidelines listed below. The style (tone and formality of the
writing) should reflect a formal, scientific tone, avoiding the use of
contractions, colloquial expressions and unnecessary use of first-person
references (I, me, my, we, ours, us).
Creating the Synopsis
Before beginning the writing assignment, consider your purpose, audience and scope.
Purpose – provide
an overview/summary of a breakthrough or cutting-edge technology,
device, or process related to your engineering discipline using an
expository rhetorical mode of writing.
Audience –
structure your writing (terminology, syntax, diction) to be suitable for
your peers (classmates) who come from a variety of engineering
Scope – the
synopsis should be within the range of three pages of double-spaced text
(not including your bibliographic entries) and should include the
appropriate level of detail expected of your peer audience.
1. Search relevant and applicable
databases of scholarly information related to your engineering
discipline. Set up your search query to retrieve the most recently
published works in your field. Skim relevant articles to find an
emerging and/or breakthrough technology, device, or process.
2. Choose a suitable topic from your
collection of articles and then further refine your search query to find
specific information for your chosen topic from a variety of articles
that you can use for your technical synopsis to explain/describe your
chosen technology, device, or process.
3. Create an outline to help map the
order and number of technical points you plan to include in your
synopsis. Using an outline will ensure your technical points are
presented in a logical order and keep your synopsis within the
prescribed scope of the assignment.
4. Begin your synopsis with an
introductory statement (approximately one or two sentences) that defines
your chosen technology, device, or process to provide context for the
5. Using multiple paragraphs, briefly
explain/describe the major attributes, functionality, and/or
applications of your chosen technology, device, or process using
specific, quantitative information adapted to the expectations and level
of understanding of your peer target audience. Include an appropriate
amount of detail to provide sufficient clarity for the reader yet remain
within the prescribed scope (an approximate range of three pages) for
the synopsis.
6. Conclude your technical synopsis with a
forward-looking statement (approximately one or two sentences) that
forecasts how this technology, device, or process could evolve in the
future. The forward-looking statement can be your opinion or be the
opinion of one of your selected sources.
Citing Source Material
As part of scholarly research and writing practices, in-text
citations are required for this writing assignment to identify the
various sources referenced in your synopsis including any additional
sources used in your synopsis to define any complex concepts or
specialized terminology. The full bibliographic citations of the
articles you referenced in your synopsis should be listed on a separate
page at the end of your synopsis using IEEE citation style. A quick
reference guide for the IEEE citation style is posted under the Course
Resources link in the Canvas course space for your convenience. NOTE:
It is unnecessary to list every article you reviewed or considered when
searching for suitable sources. Only those sources you summarized,
paraphrased, or directly quoted in your synopsis need to be cited in the
text and listed in your bibliographic entries at the end of your paper
(on the last page).

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