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  • Instructor: Gerald B. Moulds
    • Office hours: Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm (or by appointment)
    • Office Location: Engineering-2 #237A
    • e-mail: gmoulds@soe.ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Maria Hovanessian
    • Office Hours: Thursdays 7pm-9pm Jack's Lounge, Baskin Engineering
    • Email: mhovanes@ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Brad Thompson
    • Office Hours: Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm in the Baskin Engineering Lobby
    • Email: bradt@ucsc.edu
  • Class meetings
    • Location: Baskin Engineering #152
    • Time: Tuesday and Thursday 5:20-6:55pm


  • Assignments:



Rough Draft Due

Final Due

1. Resume and Cover Letter

Jan 11

Jan 16

2. LaTeX Tutorial

Jan 25

Jan 30

3. Project Proposal


Feb 6

4. Grant Proposal

Feb 8

Feb 13

5. Document Specification


Feb 20

6. Literature Review

Feb 22 Feb 27

7. Poster Project


Mar 6 and 8

8. Final Project

 Mar 13

Mar 20

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 March 6 and March 8 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.