Writing the Essay: Tandon
Students should be able to:
- Practice writing as a way to learn, explore ideas and communicate with readers.
- Develop interpretive strategies to analyze different types of evidence (including texts, images, and objects).
- Generate a meaningful problem or question.
- Close read and represent sources, offering context, distilling main ideas and effectively integrating and applying quotations.
- Stage a conversation among texts, identifying shared themes and references.
- Synthesize and integrate reflection, interpretation, and analysis into a coherent argument or idea.
- Craft evidence-based, persuasive essays that explore and respond to a problem, question, or idea.
- Structure clear, cohesive essays with a strategic use of paragraphs and transition sentences.
- Develop a self-reflective revision process that incorporates readers’ feedback and creative iteration.
- Discover useful, reputable sources with research tools, including academic databases.
- Demonstrate academic integrity through ethical quotation, paraphrase, and citation practices.
Advanced College Essay: Tandon
Students should be able to:
- Compose for a range of rhetorical situations, attending to genre, audience, discipline, and convention.
- Identify and engage with a public conversation about a controversy and STEM innovation.
- Formulate an independent research plan that explores a fresh problem or question.
- Demonstrate information literacy by identifying a source’s credibility, positionality, stance, and genre.
- Situate sources and evidence within relevant cultural, historical, disciplinary or theoretical contexts.
- Structure long-form essays that are complex and varied in terms of style and evidence.
- Write essays that articulate a nuanced argument or idea, acknowledging complications and unanswered questions.
- Use multimodal approaches, such as data visualizations, videos, oral presentations and websites, to communicate ideas.
Advanced Writing for Engineers
- Analyze and produce academic, public and professional genres used by engineers, working independently and in teams;
- Develop your critical thinking skills, analyzing and synthesizing evidence from an array of sources to develop a cohesive, coherent argument;
- Articulate an ethical framework for engineering research/service/entrepreneurship, contextualizing your goals within larger societal problems and needs;
- Research a technical topic, drawing from databases and first-hand experience (interviews and observation), and using sources ethically, complying with professional standards;
- Write clear, concise, compelling prose;
- Use drafting and revision processes effectively;
- Deliver a clear, compelling oral presentation;
- Reflect on how writing and communications feature in ethical engineering practice.