Final Project Assignment
Design your process for becoming a “Successful Buff Engineer”.
Engineers design produces or processes to meet desired needs. Your desired need or goal is to graduate with a degree in engineering from CU Boulder. But what is the process you need to apply to be successful in achieving this goal?
In the past 10 weeks, we’ve assigned you weekly writing assignments that helped you plan for you future as “Successful Buff Engineer”. In each of the assignments, you should be thinking through these questions:
By analyzing a. and b. you will be able to answer c., which will tell you what your path to success is! Keep in mind, you will be describing the your personal process to success.
The final report should include the following sections:
This table shows the weekly Write and Do assignments and how the assignments relate to the outline described above. You should have been building this material throughout the semester and will compile it all into your final report. This gives you double exposure to the material, this gives you the chance to revisit your assignments and review your plan for becoming a “Successful Buff Engineer”.
Note that the Introduction and Conclusion sections will be new material!
Final Project Outline
Write and Do Assignments
1a. Introduce yourself and tell us who you are
1b. Explain why you are a CU engineering student
NEW - Write an introduction to this report. This should be about 200-300 words in length.
2a. Setting goals after graduation
Week 10 - Write: Your goals
2b. Setting a road map to guide you over the next few years
Week 10 - Write: Your goals
This section should also reference Appendix A (Week 2 - Course Planning) in this section
3a. Participating in extracurricular activities
Week 1 - Write: Extracurricular opportunities
3b. Identify resources to help you along your path
Week 3 - Write: Resources available to you
3c. Focus on integrity in engineering
Week 8 - Write: Ethics and careers
4a. Your personal strengths
Week 7 - Write: Your unique strengths
4b. Identifying opportunities available to you
Week 6 - Write: Opportunities in engineering
4c. Future plans
Week 4 - Write: Additional items on your resume
You should also reference Appendix B (Week 4 - Do: Resume) in this section
5a. What you need to do to move from where you are to where you will need to be to become a “Successful Buff Engineer”?
NEW - Write a conclusion to this report. This should be 200-300 words in length
Appendix A: Course Planning
Week 2 - Course Planning
Appendix B: Resume
Week 4 - Do: Resume
The final project assignment will be a combination of your weekly assignment, plus the introduction and conclusion (which will be new) in one single document.
You may use your former assignments and paste them directly into the final report. We encourage you to re-read your former assignments and think about what you have learned during your first semester as a CU engineering student. If you want to change any of your responses, you may do so, but it is not required.
You will be required to write the introduction and conclusion section, these should each be 200-300 words in length.
The length of the report should be around 9 pages, without the appendix. The minimum acceptable length is 8 pages, without the appendix. There is no maximum page limit.
The formatting of this document must follow the formatting guidelines for all other written assignments in the semester. These formatting guidelines will be the same as the previous Write assignments, so you should not have to change much when compiling everything together.
All assignments must be submitted in docx or pdf formats (no .gdoc, .pages, .txt, etc) and must follow these format guidelines:
Since the final report will be longer, we ask that you add section headers and sub-headers to break up the different sections. Please use the following formatting for headers:
You may use the one of the following templates to start your final report:
Submit a pdf or docx copy of your report on D2L by Sunday, November 6th 11:59PM MST. Name your file in the following way:
For example if your name is Jane Doe your file name should be: doe_jane_final_report
All final reports will be graded on this grading rubric:
All prompts as outlined on the project are addressed sufficiently
Two or less prompts are not sufficiently addressed
Four or less prompts are not sufficiently addressed
Less than 6 prompts are sufficiently addressed
Each sentence is clear and has obvious emphasis. All sound natural when read aloud
Some sentences are awkward or difficult to understand; almost all sound natural when read aloud
Several sentences are awkward or difficult to understand; most sound natural when read aloud
Almost all sentences are awkward, repetitive, or difficult to understand
Grammar and Spelling
Less than 2 spelling or grammar mistakes per page
Less than 4 spelling or grammar mistakes per page
Less than 6 spelling or grammar mistakes per page
More than 6 spelling or grammar mistakes per page
Meets or exceeds the stated length requirement
1 page short
2 pages short
Less than 6 pages
Formatting and Organization
Adheres to all formatting requirements, has clear organization, and follows outline
Adheres mostly to all format requirements, mostly follows outline
Has major formatting issues and/or major organizational deficits
Does not adhere to format requirements and does not show any organization