This Week

T 6/3

R 6/5

  • Revise and complete your conference paper

F 6/6
Assignment #7 due: Conference Paper
please turn in the Conference Paper and any other assignments/revisions to my mailbox (South Hall 1519) before 5:00 p.m.




Course Description
Writing 109ST focuses on analyzing and practicing various forms of scientific and technical writing, both academic and professional, such as memos, reports, proposals, journal articles, and abstracts. Through a series of assignments and readings, you will develop skills in research methods, design of papers, use of graphics, technical style, and editing strategies. You will also be asked to deliver a formal oral presentation.

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found on the Web at

Required Texts
Writing 109ST Course Reader (available at Grafikart in Isla Vista)
How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, Robert A. Day (available at the UCSB Bookstore)

Your final grade for the course will be based on the grades you receive on your writing assignments and class participation. Each assignment is weighted (approximately) as follows:

Assignment #1: E-mail with Attachment
Assignment #2: Resume
Assignment #3: Cover Letter

Assignment #4: Procedural Instructions
Assignment #5: Memo
Assignment #6: Presentation
Assignment #7: Conference Paper

Class Participation




Because much of the work of the course will be done during class time, your attendance and participation are very important. Your grade will be lowered if you miss more than two class sessions; if you are late to class, I'll count that as half an absence. Remember that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are due during class. Call a classmate, call me, send me a message on e-mail, or come by my office during my office hours to find out what you missed.

Plagiarism is using other people's words or ideas without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Please don't hesitate to see me during my office hours or to make an appointment if you have any questions about the course. I am most easily contacted via email: