Identify a contemporary issue in your field of study

HW#6 Contemporary
Issues
Spring 2012
Due 4/23/12

Identify a contemporary issue in your field
of study (i.e. Biomoechanical Eng., Civil Eng., Electrical Eng., Environmental
Eng., Mechanical Eng.) and present a 1-2 page summary of the issue and a proposed
solution.
Use
the format described in the document below (excerpted from Introduction
to Design Document Writing, J. Danowsky, Ed., ENGR 2169 Tech. Comm. , Fall 2011).
Your submission must include all
four subheadings (Historical Perspective; Candidate Solutions; Proposed
Solutions; Major Challenges).
You must use and list at least 2
independent, credible sources. Note that
Wikipedia, Ask.com,e-how.com, etc. are not credible or independent and
therefore not acceptable.

You may
choose any contemporary issue you like.
If you cannot identify a contemporary issue within your field of study, choose
one from the list below.

1) Biomechanical: Genetic Engineering, Pacemakers, Artificial
Limbs
2) Civil
Engineering: Porous Pavement, Earthquake
Engineering, Intelligent Transportation
3) Electrical
Engineering: Quantum Computing,
Alternative Energy, Telecommunication Networks
4) Env.
Engineering: Emerging Contaminants,
Stormwater Management, Water Supply, PM2.5
5) Mechanical
Engineering: Alternative Energy, Fuel Efficiency, Heat Exchange

Poor grammar,
incorrect spelling and excess verbiage may earn a score of 0.
Assignment Formatting:Assignments must
be submitted via email as a WORD compatible attachment. The attachment must be named using the
following convention:
LastName_FirstName_ENGR4169_Contemporary_Issues_HW6

1. Preparing the Problem Statement
The Problem
Statement section starts by exploring both technical and nontechnical aspects
of the project’s problem or challenge. This exploration includes both documented library-database research and
independent analysis by your project
team. This exploration leads to a list of candidate design solutions, and
concludes with your reasoned selection of a proposed solution concept
from that list. The rest of the document will then focus on the detailed
design, implementation, testing, and refinement of that proposed concept.
In ENGR 2196, the
Problem Statement section should be organized into exactly the following
level-two headers (Heading 2 style), with additional topic-specific lower-level
subheads as necessary:
·
Historical and Economic Perspective
·
Candidate Solutions
·
Proposed Solution Concept
·
Major Design and Implementation Challenges
The following
paragraphs detail the content of these required subsections.
Historical (and Economic?) Perspective
Provide a background
overview of the problem or challenge you are researching:
q Help
readers understand the significance of the problem.
q In
addition to a technological history, include relevant societal, ecological, and
other factors that will affect your choice of a proposed design solution.
q Explain
if and how your project seeks a solution that differs from what is currently
available.
q If
applicable, provide a market analysis (size, revenues, price, etc.) and
competitive product analysis.
Candidate Solutions
Explore
potential solutions in an open-minded way, so as not to prematurely settle on a
possibly inferior solution:
q List
possible technical and nontechnical solutions or responses to the overall
problem.
q Briefly
mention and dismiss any apparent solutions that are clearly not feasible, to
show that you considered them (and to enable your reviewers to challenge your
dismissal of them).
q Methodically
discuss the pros and cons of the remaining candidate solutions along with any
tradeoffs or other relationships between them.
Proposed Solution Concept
Based on the
preceding subsection:
q Propose
a particular solution (or complementary combination of solutions) that you want
your project to pursue.
q Justify
your choice by explaining how the previously discussed pros and cons make your solution
concept preferable to other alternatives.
Major Challenges
Concisely describe
the main hurdles to be overcome in your proposed solution concept:
q First
do so in nontechnical terms.
q Then
provide a more specific technical formulation of the major challenges.
2.Preparing
the References List
Take source
crediting and reference listing seriously, so as not to ruin an otherwise good
report. Apart from being a major academic violation, failure to properly credit
sources impairs the work of reviewers and could lead your organization to
inadvertently infringe a patent or copyright.
APA format required
The References list
and corresponding in-text citations must follow current APA format rules.
Instructions for APA formatting are detailed in Appendix B of the Markel
textbook; the revised 9th edition includes APA’s 2010 updates. APA
rules are also widely available via online sources, including the Writing
Center’s website, but check to see if they include the 2010 changes.

Checking source usage and crediting
Check the entire
document, as follows:
q Make
sure all statements based on sources — whether summaries, paraphrases, or
quotations — are properly credited to the appropriate entry in the reference
list.
q Make
sure the reference list includes only entries that correspond to at least one
in-text citation. Entries not explicitly referenced by a citation should be
omitted or moved to a supplementary list titled Additional Sources Consulted or
the like.
q Make
sure any quotations are
o Clearly
markedas quotations (either by quote marks or block indention)
o Precisely transcribed from the
source
o Not
taken out of context (i.e., not selected to give an impression contrary to the
source’s real meaning)
q Make
sure all your summarizing and paraphrasing from sources is
o Substantively
accurate
o Consistent
with the source
o
Thoroughly
rewritten (vs. a near quote)

Body type and line spacing
q
For body type, choose one of the following
fonts, all of which consume about the same amount of space for a given amount
of text:
11-point Calibri
11-point Times New Roman
10-point Arial
q
For easier readability, useragged-right alignment (vs. right-and-left justification).
q
Documents are single-spaced.

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