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?

Overview

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:

  1. Where do you think a “Successful Buff Engineer” would want to be?
  2. Where you are now?
  3. What you need to do to move from where you are to where you will need to be to become a “Successful Buff Engineer”?

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.

Final Project Outline

The final report should include the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  1. Introduce yourself and tell us who you are
  2. Explain why you are a CU engineering student
  1. Goal Setting
  1. Setting goals after graduation
  2. Setting a road map to guide you over the next few years
  1. Academic and Career Path
  1. Participating in extracurricular activities
  2. Identify resources to help you along your path
  3. Focus on integrity in engineering
  1. Personal Development
  1. Your personal strengths
  2. Identifying opportunities available to you
  3. Future plans
  1. Conclusion
  1. What you need to do to move from where you are to where you will need to be to become a “Successful Buff Engineer”?
  2. End with a quote that inspires you
  1. Appendix
  1. Course Planning
  2. Resume

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

What to turn in

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.  

Length of Report

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.  

Formatting

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:

Submission Requirements

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


Rubric

All final reports will be graded on this grading rubric:

Category

4pts

3pts

2pts

0pts

Content

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

Fluency

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

Length

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