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  • Instructor: Gerald B. Moulds
    • Office hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm (or by appointment)
    • Office Location: Engineering-2 #237A
    • e-mail: gmoulds@soe.ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Maria Hovanessian
    • Office Hours: Monday and Wedesday 7:00pm-8:00pm in Jack's Lounge
    • Email: mhovanes@ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Mariette Souppe
    • Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm outisde Engineering-2 #234
    •  Email: msouppe@ucsc.edu
  • Class meetings
    • Location: Engineering-2 #192
    • Time: Monday and Wednesday 5:20-6:55pm


  • Assignments:



Rough Draft Due

Final Due

1. Resume and Cover Letter

October 3

October 8

2. LaTeX Tutorial

October 17

October 22

3. Project Proposal


October 24

4. Grant Proposal

November 5

November 7

5. Document Specification


November 7

6. Literature Review

November 14 November 19

7. Poster Project


November 26 and 28

8. Final Project

 December 3

December 10

9.Oral Presentations


Throughout Quarter

 Submitting papers:

  • All assignments must be submitted on paper.
  • Electronic submission will not be allowed except through special arrangements.
  • All papers must be peer edited before they are submitted.
    • Papers should be signed "Peer edited by [insert name]"
    • Any paper not peer edited will be returned ungraded.
  • Late papers are subject to a reduction in grade.
    • Grade reduction applies to rewrites, affecting the maximum possible grade for the assignment.
  • Portfolios: At the end of the quarter, you will hand in a portfolio of all your work for the quarter, including rough drafts and any rewrites.


Grades will be mostly (~80%) based on the total portfolio of work you turn in at the end of the class.  This consists of five major writing projects (including your final project).  Failure to turn in a major writing project will most likely result in a failing grade.  To a lesser degree (~20%) your grade will be based on your oral presentation, poster project, various minor writing assignments, and your participation in class discussions.

  • Collaboration is good, and plagiarism is bad. Read more about it here.


POSTERS: On November 26 and 28 meet at the Jack Baskin Lounge in Baskin Engineering.

Poster Information:

  • You can get your poster printed for 33.00-83.00 (see below) at BELS if it meets the standard size of 48"x36"
    • The cost of your poster depends on how early you submit it.  Cost is 33.00 if submitted 5 business days before pickup and 83.00 for one-day turnaround, and a sliding scale in-between.   See the BELS page for details, and plan accordingly.
    • BELS has suggestions and requirements for making a good poster.  Go to their pages on poster printing and poster guidelines.
    • BELS also lists some excellent poster resources at Cornell and Swarthmore.


Poster Dates:


November 26: TBA

November 28: TBA


Oral Presentation Dates:
October 17
- Full
October 22
- Full
October 24
- Full
October 29
- Full
October 31
- Full

November 5

- Guest speaker, no presentations.

November 7
- Full
November 14
- One open time slot.

November 19
- Full
November 21
- Full

December 3

- Full

December 5

- 2 open time slots