English - III (HMME3033)



Recommended Book(s)

1. Davies J.W. Communication For Engineering Students (Longman 1996)

 2. Van Emden J. Effective Communication For Science And Technology (Palgrave 2001)

3. Van Emden J. A Handbook Of Writing For Engineers 2nd Ed. (Macmillan 1998)

 4. Van Emden J. And Easteal J. Technical Writing And Speaking, An Introduction

                     (McGraw-Hill 1996)

 5. Pfeiffer W.S. Pocket Guide To Technical Writing (Prentice Hall 1998)

 6. Eisenberg A. Effective Technical Communication (McGraw-Hill 1992)

7. John Langan, College Writing Skills. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 2004.

Course Objectives

Developing technical documents, writing reports of various types, and contributing to the existing stock of knowledge through writing research articles are the tasks which can be the writing-related assignments of any engineering professional. This course of English-III is designed to ensure that the students are able to learn all the intricacies of the aforementioned technical as well as academic writing, to be used in their professional life. It aims at making the students learn all the basics of writing technical reports and research articles. At the end of the course, the students will be able to • Know the importance, purpose and characteristics of technical writing • Have knowledge of the basics of academic writing • Learn in-text citation methods, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography • Differentiate between technical writing and academic writing • Write proposal for a research article • Know the style, content, language, form, clarity and consistency in technica

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

CLO-1: Produce academic writing and classify between in-text citation methods, footnotes, endnotes, references and bibliography. (A2)

CLO-2: Examine the style, content, language, form, clarity and consistency in technical and academic writing by analyzing user manuals, research proposals, technical papers, and project reports. (A3)

CLO-3: Produce short and long reports, memorandums, cover letters, and other official letters on letterhead stationery. (A4)

CLO-: Recognize the common mistakes in PowerPoint presentations, learn presentation rules, and develop sound presentation skills. (A1)

Course Contents




1 & 2



Introduction to Technical Report Writing

Importance of Technical Report Writing

Purpose of Technical Report Writing


Characteristics and style of Technical Report Writing


3 & 4


Analysis of  various User’s Manuals, Product Descriptions and Warning Labels as technical report writing samples



5 & 6

Basics of Academic Writing

How is Academic Writing Different from Technical Writing

Overview of various kinds of essays (for comparison)

Class discussion on the differences between technical and academic writing

7 & 8

Writing Research Proposal, Research Article

Style, content, language, form, clarity and consistency in writing


Introduction to in-text citation methods, footnotes, endnotes, bibliography in academic writing


What is a Short Report?

Format of a short report


Interim Progress Report & Personal Activity Report


Planning Long Reports


Writing Long Reports


Feasibility Report

15 & 16

Presentation Skills and Final Project Presentations

Mapping of CLOs to Program Learning Outcomes






PLO:1 (Engineering Knowledge)





PLO:2 (Problem Analysis)





PLO:3 (Design Development of Solutions)





PLO:4 (Investigation)





PLO:5 (Modern Tool Usage)





PLO:6 (Engineer & Society)





PLO:7 (Environment and Sustainability)





PLO:8 (Ethics)





PLO:9 (Individual & Team Work)





PLO:10 (Communication)





PLO:11 (Project Management)





PLO:12 (Life Long Learning)





Mapping of CLOs to Assessment Modules

Assessment Modules \ CLOs





Assignments (10%)





Quizzes (10%)





Class Participation/Presentation (10%)





Midterm Exam (20%)





Final Exam (50%)