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  • Instructor: Gerald B. Moulds
    • NOTE: Office hours will be held on Monday November 21 instead of Wednesday, November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
    • Office hours: Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm (or by appointment)
    • Office Location: Engineering-2, Room 237A
    • e-mail: gmoulds@soe.ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Raquel Robinson
    • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:15am  in Engineering-2 Room #262
    • Email: rbrobins@ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Dennis Castro
    • Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm  in Engineering-2 Room #584
    • Email: dcastro2@ucsc.edu
  • Class meetings
    • Location: Social Sciences 2 Room #179
    • Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:40am-1:15pm


  • Assignments:



Rough Draft Due

Final Due

1. Resume and Cover Letter

September 27

September 29

2. LaTeX Tutorial

October 6

October 11

3. Project Proposal


October 18

4. Grant Proposal 

October 20

October 25

5. Document Specification


November 1

6. Background Chapter

November 3 November 8

7. Poster Project


November 15 and 17

8. Final Project

 November 29

December 6

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:  (NOTE!  THE November 17 location has changed to Jack Baskin Auditorium 101)

On November 15 we will meet at Jack's Lounge (aka the "Whiteboards" room) in Baskin Engineering

On November 17 we will meet at the Jack Baskin Auditorium 101



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.