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Report writing (DE 1A)

Unless one can communicate effectively after working on something, the knowledge, and skills one is possessing is of very little use to others. One must be able to collect information, align and organize it framing a context, and present it in a logical sequence albeit, in a concise form. In certain cases, even though a targeted audience is unknown, the structure and organization of report must convey the exact meaning a writer is intending to. a poorly written report may call into questioning the credibility of the work and may fetch frustration among readers. Writing is an art; an engineer must develop and a skill of report writing (in a presentable form of course) be developed.

“Reports can cover a wide range of topics, but usually focus on transmitting information with a clear purpose, to a specific audience. Good reports are documents that are accurate, objective and complete. Often reports are structured in a way that reflects the information finding process and the writing up of the findings: that is, summary of the contents, introduction or background, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and/or recommendations. ” (“The Purpose of Reports,” n.d.).

Design Engineering – 1A (2130005) (3rd Semester)

The Module 1 is primarily focusing, “Understanding Design Thinking” wherein the learning of a new approach begins in the 3rd semester of Degree Engineering programs at GTU.

By the end of an academic term, all the students need to make a compilation of their individual and group efforts (the course work during the semester) in form of a Process report. As per the GTU guidelines, the process report shall be comprising of the following but not limited to:

  1. Introduction (Describe the project in detail including domain – type, place, why and how team selected this domain and why this domain is important in relation to Design Thinking/Human-Centered process and so on);
  2. Preparation of canvases based on different phase of Design Thinking;
  3. Feedback analysis with the user shall be clearly included in the report;
  4. Summary of findings of Prior Art Search on purpose/project theme (2 summary papers per student);
  5. Summary of the learning from Design Thinking;
  6. Summary on validation process and refinement in the rough prototype;
  7. Any other important aspects the students feel, should be included.

Basic end-semester submission requirement will include:

  1. A Process report
  2. Portfolio with canvases and sheets
  3. Rough prototype, as applicable.

Here is a template that students should use for compiling a process report. It is pre-formatted and students need to include texts/ images as applicable to each case. The contents lined up is also at par with minimum requirements as suggested by the GTU. The file created and shared here is uploaded to be used by all, for free and on will after modifications as applicable.

Download the .Docx file aaeaaqaaaaaaaadcaaaajdhhnjm0njg4lwyxmjutndfiyi1hytc0ltlmm2e3njgxmdblng

Some tips on using the .Docx file.

  • Just write below the section head (titles) formatting is all set.
  • If some part of text is ‘paste’, while the pasting, ‘Paste as Text’ – justified text in ‘Times New Roman – 12 Pt will set;
  • Once an image/snap is inserted, select the image, right-click/open context pop=up menu, “Insert Caption” and type image title;
  • Use Reference above for inserting reference citation for referring to others’ work/text;
  • When a direct copy-paste needs to be included, use “Quotation mark”;
  • Want to check the originality of your report? Copy entire report by selecting all part of the report, “Ctrl+A”, paste “Ctrl+V” in a notepad file; Again copy all the text on the clip (temporarily; use of RAM) and open browser, go to www.pensters.com and paste the text in the box, soon one can see the % of copied content. (Boost your confidence of creating original stuff…!)

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Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, www.new.bvbhatt.com for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

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