Writing for Science: A practical handbook for science, engineering and technology students (3e) : 9781442541528

Writing for Science: A practical handbook for science, engineering and technology students (3e)

 
Edition
 
3
ISBN
 
9781442541528
ISBN 10
 
1442541520
Published
 
12/10/2011
Published by
 
Pearson New Zealand
Pages
 
188
Format
 
Available on demand
 
Title type
Book
$48.49
 
 
 
Description

Writing for Science, now in its third edition, is a practical handbook designed for science, engineering and technology students. It presents material in a direct, easily accessible format that has been developed through dealing with many hundreds of students at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, together with professional engineers and scientists in Europe and Australasia. 

Writing for Science 3rd edition

  • Extensively restructures and develops the successful earlier editions of the text by including:
    – expanded, newly developed material on report writing
    – updated information on referencing
    – a new chapter on oral presentations as a guide for students needing to present complex scientific and technological material at a seminar or conference.
  • Gives the basic requirements for writing scientific and technical reports and essays.
  • Provides examples, with explanatory notes, of the various types of technical and scientific reports.
  • Describes and provides solutions for common style problems, in a direct and easily understood way.
  • Covers the writing of documents required to get a job, together with samples of the various types of accompanying letters.

Review of the first edition

‘… the only essential course preparation. While aimed at writing refuseniks, know-it-alls from across the great divide should take a peek. … The chapter on style problems is a real eye-opener. Buy a copy and the journals who later publish your research will thank their lucky stars.’  New Scientist, 1 March 1997.

Table of contents
SECTION 1: WRITING A REPORT
  1 What is a report? How is it different from an essay?
  2 How to structure a report
  3 Requirements for each section of a report
  4 Planning and writing up a major research report
  5 References
  6 Conventions used in scientific and technical writing
  7 Illustrations
  8 Revising

SECTION 2: WRITING AN ESSAY
  9 Choosing an essay question
10 Analysing an essay question
11 Drawing up an essay plan and writing the first draft
12 How coursework essays are marked
13 Writing under pressure: strategies for writing essays in exams

SECTION 3: GIVING AN ORAL PRESENTATION
14 Giving an oral presentation

SECTION 4: WRITING TO GET A JOB
15 Writing a CV and covering letters

SECTION 5: WRITING STYLE
16 Problems of style: how to correct common mistakes

APPENDICES
Appendix 1 The parts of speech and verb forms
Appendix 2 SI units (Système International d’Unités; International System of Units) and their abbreviations
Appendix 3 Style manuals for specific disciplines

Index
Author biography

Heather Silyn-Roberts, BSc Hons (1st class), PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Auckland. She has taught science and engineering documentation at undergraduate level for 21 years; run annual courses on scientific communication at international graduate schools at major universities and Max Planck Research Institutes in Germany and Switzerland for 15 years; and run more than 500 one-day consulting programmes in effective documentation for major engineering organisations.

She has written three books on science and engineering writing: for professional engineers; for postgraduate students and junior professionals; and for undergraduates. Her books have also appeared in Japanese and Chinese editions.