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HW0210 Technical Communication
TUTORIAL 1

COURSE INTRODUCTION

Your Tutor
Aileen Ng Lecturer from Language & Communication Centre

6592-1556
asccng@ntu.edu.sg

Consultation Hours: Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Friday: 9 – 11 a.m.

How is this course different from HW110?
 Much of your time will be devoted to project-based

learning.

 This involves working on a science/engineering

research project in groups of 4/5.

 The outcome is an academic product comprising:

 Research Report
 Abstract  Oral Presentation

How will you be graded for this course?
1.

Group research report – 35%

2. Individual abstract of the report – 15% 3. Individual oral presentation of the research project

– 30%
4. Individual class participation – 20%

What are the learning resources for HW0210?
1.
  

Main EdveNTUre course site to retrieve the following essential documents: Assignment Guidelines and Feedback Forms Tutorial Activities Tutorial Notes

2. Tutorial site to work on online activities 3. Recommended textbook: Engineering Your Report

What is the HW0210 research project?
 It is a small-scale science/engineering-based experimental

research that does not involve the use of sophisticated equipment and the laboratory. experimental design using materials that can be found in our everyday lives.

 The challenge of the HW0210 project is to conceptualize an

 Students need to rely on their ingenuity and creativity to come

up with their experiments in order to collect reliable data. research report.

 This will ultimately influence to some extent, the quality of the

What have your seniors done so far?
 How do different folding patterns of plastic bags affect their durability?  How is physical attractiveness influenced by vocal quality?  Which is the best color and material combination of sports wear to absorb            

UV rays? How do colors affect human heart rate? How does PH level affect detergent performance? How does caffeine affect human reaction time? When is the best time to consume essence of chicken? Do highlighter pens influence memory retention? What is the most effective exercise to increase alertness during lectures? Which natural ingredient could act as an effective air freshener in a hostel room? Which is the most effective energy drink? Which location in NTU offers the best signal strength and transfer rate? How does heat affect computer speed? How does whitening toothpastes affect enamel strength? What is the best way to keep sandwiches fresh when we are on the go?

How can you get started?
 Form your research group.  Brainstorm topics of interest.

 Throw ideas at each other and read up before selecting one

topic.

 Write a sentence to describe your purpose.  Come up with 2/3 questions that you would like to answer in

relation to your purpose.

 Start planning your research design.

Example 1
MAIN QUESTION Is the highlighter pen useful in helping students to remember keywords? This study aims to determine the usefulness of highlighter pens in aiding memory retention. (Purpose statement) SPECIFIC QUESTIONS (Research Questions) Can students remember highlighted words better than words in black print? Among the words that have been recalled, how many are highlighted words? (Scope of your research)

Example 2
Does Essence of Chicken help students in their academic performance? Purpose Statement  The purpose of this research is to determine whether consuming essence of chicken will significantly improve academic performance. Research Questions  How do students perform before and after consuming essence of chicken?  When is the best time to consume essence of chicken?  What is the duration of optimum performance after consuming essence of chicken? Activity 1

1. What is each study’s purpose?

Answers – Question 1

Text 1
The objective of this project was to design a portable system capable of acquiring...
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