Course Readings

Course Textbook

Whitmore, S. and Stevenson, S. 2002. Strategies for Engineering Communication. John Wiley & Sons Inc. Available at the SFU library and SFU bookstore.



Additional Web Reading Materials


The following provides links to other reading you will be expected to do throughout the course of the semester.


Alan Sokal Hoax Article This link provides Alan Sokal's (in)famous paper, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermaneutics of Quantum Gravity" which was reviewed and published in Social Text, vol. 46/47 (Spring/Summer, 1996), pp. 217-252. You may also want to peruse Alan Sokal's home page for further information about the subject.
Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy This link provides a copy of the hoax paper submitted in 2005 by 3 MIT Computer Science students to the 9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.
IEEE Document Templates This link takes you to a page on the IEEE website where you can find the IEEE publication templates for Microsoft Word and LATEX.
Unofficial APS Word Template This link provides an unofficial MS Word template for American Physical Society (APS) manuscripts (from UC, San Diego).Use at your own risk.
APS Manuscript Preparation This link provides manuscript preparation instructions for APS Journals.
The Promise and Perils of Desktop Slideware This essay by David Porter provides some useful cautions about the use of PowerPoint when presenting data.
Helping Engineers and Scientists Avoid PowerPoint Phluff This article by John Mignot suggests a range of strategies to improve technical PowerPoint presentations.
Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion-Evidence Structure This on-line material collected by Michael Alley suggests an alternative way to organize PowerPoint slides.
De-mystifying the Peer Review Process: My Experiences as a Peer Reviewer This article by Debbie Davy provides a brief introduction to the peer review process.

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

This article in The Guardian asks whether the business model of scientific publishing impedes scientific research.

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