Introduction to Tutorial

First Year Professional Engineering Group Project Report

The aim of this tutorial is to help you understand how to write the Professional Engineering Group Report.

The purpose of this particular report is to report on a group task which asks students to design and construct a Rube Goldberg device - an excessively complex system of chain reactions engineered to complete a relatively simple task. The primary aim of the task is to design and construct such a device which functions to successfully trigger a party popper after exactly sixty seconds of operation, and includes a range of energy transfers between components of the device. The project focuses on the group processes as well as the design and construction phases.

In this online tutorial you will learn about:

  • The main sections of the project report and how to structure them
  • Tips on successful group work

We have used examples of students' project reports in First Year Engineering to illustrate different points.

GENERAL POINTS ABOUT REPORT WRITING

 

1. Documentation and record keeping

You should document all stages of project planning

  • Research, idea generation
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Testing, results, re-design

2. Figures and Tables (including in the Appendix)

  • Graphs, images, drawings
    • should be identified and interpreted in the text
    • should be labeled and numbered with a brief, informative caption below the figure
  • Tables
    • should be identified and interpreted in the text
    • should be labeled and numbered with a brief, informative caption above the table

3. Front matter

  • Title page
    • title
    • authors' names (& group)
    • date
  • Executive summary
    • brief factual description of report
  • Table of contents
    • consistent numbering system