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2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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CV 5800 - Research and Writing

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is designed to equip students with the research and writing skills necessary to successfully complete an engineering capstone design project. After selecting a capstone topic, the student will learn how to use the MSOE library’s online databases and print/electronic resources to locate relevant and credible literature, as well as other sources of information. In conjunction with an ongoing critical assessment of their proposed capstone topics, students will evaluate the source material to refine their topics, and to articulate questions and issues for further investigation. After an introduction to the purposes and methods of literature reviews in technical writing, students will be required to write a review of the literature read during the term. Weekly referencing exercises and writing discussions will help the student master the MSOE Style Guide. (prereq: graduate standing or approval of program director)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Develop a research question the answers to which will form the basis of a capstone design project
  • Locate relevant and credible sources of information that can be used to answer the research question using the MSOE library’s online databases and print/electronic resources
  • Reference the relevant sources of information - including books, journal articles, governmental documents, and online publications using the MSOE Graduate Student Style Guide
  • Read 6-12 of the relevant and credible sources of information found
  • Write a literature review on a topic related to the student’s research question

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Richard A. DeVries

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