Engineering Writing by Design, 2nd Edition

Book description

Engineering Writing by Design: Creating Formal Document of Lasting Value, Second Edition shows how effective writing can be achieved by thinking like an engineer. Based on the authors’ combined experience as engineering educators, the book presents a novel approach to technical writing, positioning formal writing tasks as engineering design problems with requirements, constraints, protocols, standards, and customers (readers) to satisfy. Specially crafted for busy engineers and engineering students, this quick-reading conversational text:

  • Describes how to apply engineering design concepts to the writing process
  • Explains how engineers fall into thinking traps, and gives techniques for avoiding them
  • Covers the essentials of grammar, style, and mathematical exposition
  • Highlights topics in writing ethics, including copyright, plagiarism, data presentation, and persuasion

Engineering Writing by Design: Creating Formal Documents of Lasting Value, Second Edition addresses the specific combination of thinking and writing skills needed to succeed in modern engineering. Its mantra is: to write like an engineer, you must think like an engineer. Featuring illustrative examples, chapter summaries and exercises, quick-reference tables, and recommendations for further reading, this book is packed with valuable tips and information practicing and aspiring engineers need to become effective writers.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Authors
  9. To the Reader
  10. 1 Introduction
    1. 1.1 Why Bother?
    2. 1.2 Think, Then Write, Like an Engineer
    3. 1.3 Quick Review of Some Design Concepts
    4. 1.4 Chapter Recap
    5. 1.5 Exercises
  11. 2 Clearly Understand the Goal
    1. 2.1 What Is the Goal?
    2. 2.2 How the Information Resides in Your Mind
    3. 2.3 Your Audience
    4. 2.4 Other Aspects of Situational Awareness
    5. 2.5 If Persuasion Is Part of the Picture
    6. 2.6 Chapter Recap
    7. 2.7 Exercises
  12. 3 Mindset for Technical Writing
    1. 3.1 See Rules as Helpful Tools
    2. 3.2 Think Clearly Before Starting to Write
    3. 3.3 Again, Keep Your Reader in View!
    4. 3.4 Getting Started with a Mind Map
    5. 3.5 Chapter Recap
    6. 3.6 Exercises
  13. 4 Avoid the Worst Thinking Traps
    1. 4.1 Why do We Fall into Thinking Traps?
    2. 4.2 Heuristics
    3. 4.3 Cognitive Biases
    4. 4.4 Informal Fallacies
    5. 4.5 Laying Out Arguments
    6. 4.6 The Dangers of Belief Bias
    7. 4.7 Separating Claims from Facts
    8. 4.8 Simple Checks on Calculations
    9. 4.9 Chapter Recap
    10. 4.10 Exercises
  14. 5 Some Points of Grammar and Style
    1. 5.1 Rules and Suggestions
    2. 5.2 Chapter Recap
    3. 5.3 Exercises
  15. 6 Keep Your Reader in Mind
    1. 6.1 More Rules and Suggestions
    2. 6.2 Chapter Recap
    3. 6.3 Exercises
  16. 7 Write Your Math Well
    1. 7.1 What’s Wrong with My Math?
    2. 7.2 Getting Started
    3. 7.3 Writing Math Well
    4. 7.4 The Value of Abstraction
    5. 7.5 Chapter Recap
    6. 7.6 Exercises
  17. 8 Ethical Considerations in Engineering Writing
    1. 8.1 Your Duties to the Reader
    2. 8.2 Personal Issues
    3. 8.3 Dealing with Data
    4. 8.4 Ethical Concerns in Publishing
    5. 8.5 Plagiarism
    6. 8.6 Ethics of Persuasion
    7. 8.7 Chapter Recap
    8. 8.8 Exercises
  18. Further Reading
  19. Quick Reference
  20. Index

Product information

  • Title: Engineering Writing by Design, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s): Edward J. Rothwell, Michael J. Cloud
  • Release date: January 2020
  • Publisher(s): CRC Press
  • ISBN: 9781000033069