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DD10HW2 Reflection on P#2

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_QG1rId8H-t0jp5YmVIryERmFr0Owwq5jgOAUQ0b4-Y/edit

I was actually glad we did a project like this and was able to look up information about our own individual fields. Also, initially, I didn't realize the importance of visuals/visualization in Engineering. As I was going through my second year in engineering, I was taking courses such as Vector Calculus and Electricity and Magnetism, and every one of my friends, including I, had trouble visualizing the 3-D component of the problems.

The purpose of my column was to notify the audience that we need implement classes all around the nation that boost spatial visualization skills. My hope was that the audience was supervisors of university's would read this and realize the importance of early visualizing skills as an engineer and include classes in their own curriculum. Hopefully, my column would be posted on a well known news outlet and be read from your own laptop, all the way down to our mobile …

DD9HW6

[1]X. Jiang, “How to Motivate People Working in Teams,” International Journal of Business and      Management, vol. 5, no. 10, 2010.
In Xin Jiang's jounal article "How to motivate people working in teams,"(2010), he claims that there are many benefits in teamwork. The author first describes the benefits of teamwork by providing a list of the benefits, he then goes further into the benefits by describing each of the listed benefits, and to conclude he wrote in the conclusion of the article that all of these benefits can be funneled down to three main points. His purpose is to provide evidence to the audience in order to prove that there are many benefits in teamwork. He seems to have an innovative audience in mind because he is trying to bring a new idea to the field which could change whether group work is applied or not.

[2]K. A. Jehn, “Enhancing Effectiveness: An Investigation Of Advantages And Disadvantages Of Value‐    Based Intragroup Conflict,” International Journal …

DD9HW2 Reflect on PR

Being a pretty novice writer trying to improve my writing skills, I can see some problems with my paper. First of all, I can work on the flow of my column. I should include an introductory paragraph to introduce the audience to what I am about to discuss in the column. Second of all, I can work on expanding my vocabulary to entice to readers to read further. Lastly, I can try to make it more understandable by making references the audience would understand.

DD9HW1

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_1frjh_r_QaZqLiynE5iR-3oR7ZB6W7wz3o6T4q8ZA/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10LekzNlpTBepEGVXHDPtgdAMZr2Vkl0HSRZe1g0rHn4/edit

DD8HW5

Old:There have been studies with the assessment scores of the 3-D Spatial Visualization Tests and they confirmed prior findings of a positive relationship between this spatial test and success in engineering drawing and descriptive geometry courses as well as positive relation between the test and graduation from an engineering college. New: Old: There was an unreliable indication of a difference in level  of spatial visualization ability required to succeed in the four branches of engineering offered by The Cooper Union(mechanical, electrical, civil, and chemical)  

Old: In my couple of years as an engineering student, I’ve developed a different way to look at certain situations.
Old: I have looked at the 3-D Spatial Visualization Tests and they test you ability to rotate a item a certain way and know what the new view on that same item will be.
Old: It is a little hard to explain, but especially in classes such as vector calculus and electricity and magnetism, I had an especially har…

DD8HW3

After looking over my annotated bibliography, I realized that some of it needed to be italicized. Luckily for me, I was able to find a website to do the actual citation but with the bibliography, it doesn't seem like there is any problem with punctuation or capitalization.

DD7HW4 Identify Key Ethical Issues

As a Mechanical Engineer, I will see many types of visuals in the field. For example:

Checklist: When developing a new creation at a company, a instruction manual with a list of required materials will be needed. Also, when operating huge machinery, there will be a safety checklist required to be read before each use.

Ethical Issue: Using the checklist at the end of Chapter 2, I can see how a checklist can run into problems with ethics. In the professional world, you have to abide by the appropriate corporate/ professional code. For example, in a safety checklist, you have to make sure the checklist includes everything or else people's lives will be in danger.

Tables: Tables are very useful in my field. With Mechanical Engineering, I might be task with finding the cheapest material that will accomplish the task. In order to find those materials, there are hundreds of books with tables of each material and it's properties.

Ethical Issue: On the checklist at the end of Chapter 2…

DD7HW3 Identify Key Visualization Techniques

As a Mechanical Engineer, I will see many types of visuals in the field. For example:

Checklist: When developing a new creation at a company, a instruction manual with a list of required materials will be needed. Also, when operating huge machinery, there will be a safety checklist required to be read before each use.

Tables: Tables are very useful in my field. With Mechanical Engineering, I might be task with finding the cheapest material that will accomplish the task. In order to find those materials, there are hundreds of books with tables of each material and it's properties.

Photograph: This previous semester I took a class called "Fluid Mechanics" and there were these photographs of "vortex shedding" when can't really be described in words.

Line Graph: Also last semester, I took a class called "Component Design" and in that class we looked at how many numbers of cycles can an object take a load before failure. When talking about the Enduranc…

DD7HW2 Rhetorical Precis

Article 1:
Article Title: Increase in spatial visualization test scores during engineering study
Authors: Blade, Mary F.; Watson, Walter S.
Journal Title:  Psychological Monographs: General and Applied, Vol 69(12), 1955, 1-13.
Where/how you found the full text of the article: In order to see full text, you have to purchase the pdf and it is located at the right side of the screen when looking at the abstract.

Rhetorical Precis
In Mary F Blade's journal article "Increase in Spacial Visualization test scores during engineering study," she suggest that a student's growth/change is measured by the spacial visualization test. The author first suggest that high scores on the spatial visualization test indicate an aptitude for engineering study; she then argues that low scores do not indicate lack of aptitude, and to conclude she suggest that teachers of drawing and descriptive geometry may wish to consider differential programs of study for students who have undeveloped sp…

DD7HW1 Citation Style

Citation Style: IEEE

Support Links:
http://www.bibme.org/items/new
http://pitt.libguides.com/c.php?g=12108&p=64736
https://www.ieee.org/documents/ieeecitationref.pdf

For engineers, IEEE format is the most used citation format. The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional organization supporting many branches of engineering, computer science, and information technology. In addition to publishing journals, magazines, and conference proceedings, IEEE also makes many standards for a wide variety of industries.

DD6HW6 Tech Comm Journal Search

Article 1
Article Title: Ethics and the Engineer: Professional Codes and the Rule of St. Benedict
Author: W. Richard Bowen
Journal Title:  Volume: 25 issue: 3, page(s): 277-294
Article first published online: July 24, 2012;Issue published: August 1, 2012
Where/how you found the full text of the article: located at the bottom of the abstract is the button to press if you buy the pdf of the full version.

Article 2
Article Title: Engineering Practice and Engineering Ethics
Authors: William T. Lynch, Ronald Kline
Journal Title: Volume: 25 issue: 2, page(s): 195-225
Issue published: April 1, 2000
Where/how you found the full text of the article: located at the bottom of the abstract is the button to press if you buy the pdf of the full version.

DD6HW5 Complete a Google Scholar Search

Article 1
Article Title: Increase in spatial visualization test scores during engineering study
Authors: Blade, Mary F.; Watson, Walter S.
Journal Title:  Psychological Monographs: General and Applied, Vol 69(12), 1955, 1-13.
Where/how you found the full text of the article: In order to see full text, you have to purchase the pdf and it is located at the right side of the screen when looking at the abstract.

Article 2
Article Title: The Development and Assessment of a Course for Enhancing the 3-D Spatial Visualization Skills of First Year Engineering Students
Authors: Sheryl A. Sorby, Beverly J. Baartmans
Journal Title: Journal of Engineering Educatiuon, Volume 89, Issue 3, July 2000, Pages 301–307
Where/how you found the full text of the article: In order to see full text, you have to purchase the pdf and it is located at the right side of the screen when looking at the abstract.

DD6HW4 Complete a Library Database Search

Article 1
Article Title: Circular Cylinder Wake Configurations: A Flow Visualization Survey
Authors: Madeleine Coutanceau, Jean-René Defaye
Journal title: Appl. Mech. Rev 44(6), 255-305 (Jun 01, 1991) (51 pages)
Database Title: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Digital Collection

Article 2
Article Title: FLOW VISUALIZATION AROUND A CIRCULAR CYLINDER NEAR TO A PLANE WALL
Authors: S.J. Price, D. Summer, J.G. Smith, K. Leong, M.P. Paidoussis
Journal Title: Journal of Fluids and Structures
Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2002, Pages 175-191
Database Title: Science Direct

DD6HW2 Brainstorm

Brainstorm

What graphics are important to your field?
Most engineering firms have logos/brands and they want their brand to be widely known. Graphics in terms of Charts can be very helpful. Charts such as a Bar Chart can be very helpful. When presenting to a group of people information, they'd rather see a bar chart representing the data you chose instead of seeing boring numbers.

How graphics are important to your field?
Just like a Bar Chart, you can represent data in a more visual way instead of looking at numbers. When it comes to manuals/instructions, people would rather see a visual with the parts being place together, as it is easier and has less confusion than a verbal description.

Why graphics are important to your field?
Graphics can save space and communicate steps in a process more effectively than words alone(like described earlier) Presenting information in a paragraph is uneconomical and makes the information hard to remember. Presented as a table however, the infor…

DD6HW1 Chapter Info about Your Field

a. The three largest or most important professional organizations in Mechanical Engineering are

American Society of Mechanical EngineersAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and AstronauticsAmerican Society of Civil Engineers http://www.engr.arizona.edu/undergrad/clubs-organizations
b. Three important journals read by the people in Mechanical Engineering are Progress in Energy and Combustion ScienceAdvances in Applied MechanicsInternational Journal Of Plasticity
https://blogs.ntu.edu.sg/library-resources/top-10-mechanical-engineering-journals-with-highest-journal-impact-factor/
c. Three important online discussion list or bulletin board in my field are
http://www.engineeringclicks.com/forum/http://ww38.mechengforum.com/index.phphttps://mechanical-engg.com/forum/ d. Unconventional Resources Technology Conference is in Austin, Texas from July 24, 2017 to July 26, 2017

https://www.asme.org/events-map
While looking up every part to this exercise, I didn't realize this information was availab…

DD5HW4 Project #1

This being the first time I created an instruction manual; I actually learned a lot about creating a document and revising it to be readable to a certain audience. For my project, I created instructions on how to use Google Slides. This is applicable to me because in this next semester of 2017, I will be in a Senior Design class and I will have to work with randomly assigned students in my group and we will need a presentation program that all of us can use. The idea that everyone can work on the same program at the same time still blows my mind. During my middle and high school years, I remember when we would be given group work and it was such a hassle to create a presentation together. It was almost always forced onto one person to do the presentation. In Senior Design, I will be given a project and have to present it to a certain company. With the help of Google Slides, it will mitigate any hassle within groups. Along with learning the in's and out's of Google Slides, I al…

DD5HW2 Proofreading

Grammar:
For some of the steps in my instructions, I realized that the audience might not have a clear idea of what the pronoun is describing, so I took out the pronouns and added the specific subject. For example, I would have the picture of the button and have in the step, "click the button." I changed the wording from click the button to click the specific button even though the picture of the button is below the step. This avoids ambiguous pronoun references. Also, I had to change some of the tenses to match each other. In an instruction manual, the tense should be in the present. In the present, you are doing the actions currently.

Sentences:
In my instructions, I did have new or important information near the end. Usually, I had the specific button specified at the end of each step. Along with the picture of the button, it gives little room to be confused and negates ambiguity. I simplified some of the steps to fit an "appropriate" length. A step that is too …

DD5HW1 Emphasis

After reading over the Writer's Checklist in Chapter 9, I learned some things about how titles, headings, paragraphs should look. In my project, I changed the title of my third manual from "How to change the template/layout of each of your Google Slides/ Slide Theme/ and Slide Transition" to "How To Change the Layout, Theme, or Transition of each of your Google Slides." The revised title is less wordy and more straight forward. I changed the wording of the descriptions for each of the titles to be more accurate, including what I assumed what the user already knows. This provides appropriate support to the titles and ensures that the audience is able to reach Step 1.

DD4HW4 P#1 Usability

Kendra Hernandez did a run with my instructions on 6/12/17 in class. After seeing her read aloud and follow my instructions, I saw flaws in my instructions that needed fixing. I couldn't find "TC's Basic Usability Survey, p.466" but I did find pages in the book about "Conducting Usability Evaluations, p.345-348" Within these pages, it talks about 3 categories of people in addition to the writer. Users, Subject-matter experts, and usability experts. Like I said in my reflection of peer reviews, the instructions have to be readable to everyone. Users can be current or in the future. Subject-matter experts include people who are experts in a certain subject. Usability experts evaluate a draft himself or herself.

Usability evaluations usually take one of five major forms. The ones that I used were surveying users and observing users. While observing Kendra following my instructions, I would see her pause and seemed puzzle and I would ask what needs changing.

DD4HW3 Reflect on PR

I learned that you can't assume the knowledge of the audience. You have to make the instructions readable by everyone. From a master of the application to a person that only knows how to click on a computer, you have the make the instruction friendly to them. I also learned how much a picture can help further explain a simple step. Also with pictures, at least for me, I prefer to look at those than to read instructions. Also, back to what I was saying about how the instructions should be readable to everyone, you have to take each step and break it down to its core so everyone is able to follow the instructions without confusion.

DD4HW2

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wTC8bUqAiBdd7G9NGi9QMc8pOll9_3rN2WMN4yTKFV0/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oC7IRaNIIpNdmGBXlqH9gz62Gp9uP-23v6h5lQCCnow/edit

DD3HW2 P#2 Outline

Outline Project #1
Creating your own google account
In the first pamphlet, I will be giving specific instructions on how to create your own google account
1. Use either of the internet browsers by double clicking using your mouse, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Google Chrome(Have pictures of each logo)
2. Go to the address bar at the top(have picture of address bar) and type in www.google.com, then press Enter on your keyboard
3. On the next screen, you will see a button




In the second pamphlet, I will be giving specific instruction on how to invite other people to view/edit the document.

1.When creating a project, you have the option to invite others edit your file

In the third pamphlet, I will be giving specific instructions on how to change the design of each slide of all of the slides at the same time. Also I can instruct on how to change the template of the slide, whether you want to have one side to be a picture and the other side to have bullet points or…

DD3HW1 P#1 Audience Analysis

AUDIENCE PROFILE SHEET Reader’s Name: Christopher Sloman Reader’s Job Title: Vice President of Google Kind of Reader: Primary X Secondary
Education:   Professional Experience:   Job Responsibilities: Manages the Google Team, Gives Final Okay on Final Drafts Personal Characteristics:   Personal Preferences: Advised that pictures be inserted in almost every step to further explain each step Cultural Characteristics: Attitude Toward the Writer: It better be perfect, because that is what is paid to do. Attitude Toward the Subject: I need a manual to help people troubleshoot the program. Expectations about the Subject: It needs to be accessible to the public. Easy words and simple steps is recommended. Expectations about the Document: Professional, easy to read, not intimidating   Reasons for Reading the Document: To acquire assistance on how to use Google Slides Way of Reading the Document: Skim it

DD2HW5 Researching Existing Instructions

I typed in Google, "Google Slides Tutorial," and clicked the first link, https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/slides/get-started/, and it brought me to a page with all the basic information on how to use Google Slides. Something I learned from this website is that you can import a Microsoft PowerPoint to Google Slides. If you didn't know how to start your own Google Slide(which is what one of my pamphlets will conveniently cover), you could've started working on your project in Microsoft PowerPoint, then late import it to Google Slides. Also, I learned that you can restrict people to only being able to view the slides or actually being able to edit the information in them.

DD2HW1 Chapter 3

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To: Christopher Sloman
From: William Chan
Subject: Evaluation of a Microsoft Word Template
Date: June 8, 2017

The purpose of this memo is to present my impressions of a template on Microsoft Word. The goal of the template is to give the user an easy way to create their own cover letter.
Summary
In general, I think the template itself is very effective in being clear and giving the user an easy way to create their own cover letter

Discussion
In Microsoft Word, there is a template called "Polished cover letter," designed by MOO. In this template, you are able to simply plug in your information and turn it in with your application for a job. It is clear and professional looking. The template seems straight forward and one page. You are able to easily locate the fundamental sections needed in every cover letter. The template is user-friendly and easy to use for essentially all users. If I were to change the template to improve it, I would delete the initials on the top left corner…

DD2HW4 Analyze Example Instructions

iMovie
https://help.apple.com/imovie/mac/10.1/#/

The reader's expectation when arriving to this website is to set up iMovie and how to use iMovie to its full capacity. Only one set of instructions will suffice as the only people that will need it are the users of the application. On the other hand, I didn't see the set of instructions available in other languages. The design of the manual doesn't seem intimidating due to the fact that it looks plain. As soon as you arrive to the page, you can see a list of options that will help you with your needs. As you click through the options, there are images that do help further explain each step.

Prezi
http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/ALofquist/files/Prezi%20Instructions.pdf

The reader's expectation when arriving to this website is to learn how to use Prezi to its fullest capabilities. I essentially feel the same way about this manual compared to iMovie. It doesn't have the option available to read the document in ot…

DD2HW3 Project 1 Topic

Project #1
As a Mechanical Engineering student, I will need to do a Senior Design with a group of other students. With those students, we will need to present to a company the research we have done. I don't have any experience with Google Slides, and would like to learn in the case I'll need to know the in's and out's of the program. I do know in Google Slides, everyone who is invited to edit, is allowed to edit the program all at the same time, which is really helpful.

-One pamphlet can explain how to create a google account and access google slides.-
-Another pamphlet can explain how to invite people to edit and put restrictions on certain people whether you are allowing one to view and edit, or just view
-Last pamphlet can explain how to edit slides, such as changing the design of just one slide, or all of them, changing the template, and inserting images into slides.

DD1HW8 Chapter 14

To: Christopher Sloman
From: William Chan
Subject: University of Arizona's Home Page and How Well It Meets The Measures of Excellence
Date: June 7, 2017

The purpose of this memo is to present my impressions on the clarity, accessibility, and professional appearance of the University of Arizona's website. The goal of the website is to entice students to come and attend the university.

Summary
In general, I think the university's website is very effective in the areas of clarity, accessibility, and professional appearance.

Discussion
In terms of clarity on the University of Arizona's website, you can see instantly the words "University of Arizona" and the brand right next to it. With the links to apply, visit, virtual tour, and give, it is blatant, to me at least, that this is the university's website. As you scroll down, you can see some of the rankings the University has acquired. With that information, it is clear that the website's goal is to entice …

DD1HW6 Chapter 1

Exercise 1

In terms of clarity on the University of Arizona's website, you can see instantly the words "University of Arizona" and the brand right next to it. With the links to apply, visit, virtual tour, and give, it is blatant, to me at least, that this is the university's website. As you scroll down, you can see some of the rankings the University has acquired. With that information, it is clear that the website's goal is to entice you to attend this college. When you scroll down even further, you can find recent news about some of the campus community's activities, which should further entice you to attend this college as you can maybe find a community on campus that you can join. To my understanding, sometimes a student can feel dissuaded to attend a college because they don't know anything about the college. With the rankings and news about the activities on campus, it can help comfort you and put aside those feelings towards the University of Arizo…

DD1HW2 Introduction

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My name is William Chan. I am a student at the College of Engineering here at the University of Arizona. I graduate in December of the year 2018.

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