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  • Instructor: Gerald B. Moulds
    • Office hours: Wednesdays 1pm-3pm (or by appointment)
    • Office Location: Engineering-2 #237A
    • e-mail: gmoulds@soe.ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Maria Hovanessian
    • Office Hours: Immediately after class on Tuesdays/Thursdays in the Baskin Lounge
    • Email: mhovanes@ucsc.edu
  • Teaching Assistant: Maryam Tebyani
    • Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12pm in Engineering-2 #584
    •  Email: mtebyani@ucsc.edu
  • Class meetings
    • Location: Engineering-2 #192
    • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:20-6:55pm


  • Assignments:



Rough Draft Due

Final Due

1. Resume and Cover Letter

January 10

January 15

2. LaTeX Tutorial

January 24

January 29

3. Project Proposal


January 31

4. Grant Proposal

February 7

February 12

5. Document Specification


February 19

6. Literature Review

February 21 February 26

7. Poster Project


March 5 and 7

8. Final Project

 March 12

March 18

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 5 and 7, 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.