Writing a laboratory report for senior electrical engineering courses: Guidelines and recommendations

Mahmoud I. Masoud*

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4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Improving students' soft skills is considered one of the important pillars of effective learning. Soft skills include various abilities such as communicating effectively using communication and writing skills. This paper focuses on the improvement of writing skills, particularly when writing a persuasive technical mini-project or laboratory report. The report should encompass all the factors that enhance levels of organizing and writing technical reports using the appropriate language and conventions. Improving the writing skills of students, especially electrical engineering students, falls under outcome 'g' of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) student outcomes. Hence, this paper introduces recommendations and guidelines for the structure of mini-projects or laboratory reports for senior (level 4 and level 5) electrical engineering courses. Moreover, it contains a discussion of a case study conducted over eight consecutive terms to assess student performance in three different courses using the suggested structure. In addition, the researcher discusses the results of a student questionnaire exploring students' satisfaction with the proposed report structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages340-346
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509054671
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 7 2017
Event8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Apr 25 2017Apr 28 2017

Other

Other8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period4/25/174/28/17

Keywords

  • ABET
  • Communication skills
  • Effective learning
  • Electric machines course
  • Electrical engineering
  • Lab. report
  • Teaching electric machine
  • Writing skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education

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