Technical Writing for Computer Engineers



This is a required course for UCSC CE and EE students.

What would you like to know?

  • Instructor: Gerald B. Moulds
    • Office hours: Thursdays 3:00pm-5:00pm (or by appointment)
    • Office Location: Engineering-2, Room 237A
    • e-mail:


  • Teaching Assistant: Janelle Yong
  • Teaching Assistant Tracy Ballinger
  • Class meetings
    • Location: Engineering-2 #192
    • Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:45pm


  • Assignments:



Rough Draft Due

Final Due

1. Resume and Cover Letter

Jan 10

Jan 15

2. Algorithm Description

Jan 29

Jan 31

3. IEEE Formatting Exercise


Feb 5

4. Article Database UI

 Feb 7

Feb 12

5. Project Proposal


Feb 14

6. Previous Work Chapter

Feb 21

Feb 26

7. Document Specification


Feb 28

8. Poster Project


Mar 5 and 7

9. Final Project

 Mar 12

Mar 19

10.Oral Presentations


Throughout Quarter




  • IEEE Formatting Exercise
    • You can download a .doc version of the text, or a plain text version.
    • Follow the instructions in brackets.
    • You are on your own to find the formatting rules.  Feel free to use a template if you find one.  Also, use the text editing or word processing tool of your choice.
    • You may collaborate with others, but each student must turn in his or her own printed copy.
    • In the Acknowledgements section, list anyone you collaborated with and the URL of any Templates you used.



  • Submitting papers:
    • All assignments must be submitted on paper.
  1. Electronic submission will not be allowed except through special arrangements.
  • All papers (except the Resume and Cover Letter assignment and the IEEE Formatting Exercise) should be double-spaced.
  • All papers must be peer edited before they are submitted.
  1. Papers should be signed "Peer edited by [insert name]"
  2. Any paper not peer edited may be returned ungraded.
  • Late papers are subject to a reduction in grade.
  1. Grade reduction applies to rewrites, affecting the maximum possible grade for the assignment.


  • Portfolios: At the end of the quarter, you will hand in a portfolio of all your work for the quarter, including rough drafts and any rewrites.


  • Grades: Grades will be mostly (~80%) based on the total portfolio of work you turn in at the end of the class.  This consists of five major writing projects (including your final project).  Failure to turn in a major writing project will most likely result in a failing grade.  To a lesser degree (~20%) your grade will be based on your oral presentation, poster project, various minor writing assignments, and your participation in class discussions.


  • Collaboration is good, and plagiarism is bad. Read more about it here.



On March 5 and 7, meet at the Jack Baskin Lounge in Baskin Engineering, otherwise known as the Whiteboards room.


Poster Information:

  • You can get your poster printed for $33-$83 (see below) at BELS if it meets the standard size of 48"x36"
    • The cost of your poster depends on how early you submit it.  Cost is $33 if submitted 5 business days before pickup, $83 for one-day turnaround, and a sliding scale in-between.   See the BELS page for details, and plan accordingly.
    • BELS has suggestions and requirements for making a good poster.  Go to their pages on poster printing and poster guidelines.
    • BELS also lists some excellent poster resources at Cornell and Swarthmore.


Poster Dates:

March 5

Ambriz, Christian
Cremin, Michael
Donovan, Margaret
Gan, Ting
He, Wayland
Jackson, Stephen
Krzeminski, Olivia
Kwok, Justin
Kwok, Stephanie
Li, Robert
Mandyam-Komar, Sangeetha
Monshi, Ardalan
Ortiz, Omar
Petersen, Mimi
Shadeed, Francesca
Smith, Austin
Sun, Qian
Tsang, Herman
Tse, Kevin
Tucker, David
Weber, Stephanie
Wells, Zachary
Wu, Stanley

March 7

Alonge, Michael
Aweti, Ramsey
Brower, Nicholas
Cottrell, Peter
Do, Julie
He, Tony
Jacoby, Joshua
Jasser, Jacob
Kazanchyan, Christofer
Lawrence, Kyle
Lawton, Michael
Li, Gabriel
Mitra, Ileena
Moore, Jarred
Perez, Gerardo
Riggs, Joe
Ronaghi, Amin
Scanlon, Kelly
Selling, Christopher
Shen, Andy Jia Lang
Sun, Yanbin
Swerdon, Colin
Takahashi, Shuhei
Townsend, Chad
Yan, Steven
Yee, Phillip


Oral Presentation Dates:

  • Jan 10
  • Jan 15
    • Margaret Donovan
    • Amin Ronaghi
    • Chad Townsend
  • Jan 17
    • Gabriel Li
    • Ileena Mitra
    • Stephanie Kwok
  • Jan 22
    • Jarred Moore
    • Sangeetha Mandyam-Komar
    • Stephanie Weber
    • Philip Yee
  • Jan 24
    • Matt Reissman (pending enrollment)
    • Peter Cottrell
    • Herman Tsang
  • Jan 29
    • Wayland He
    • Bing Sun
    • Julie Do
    • Michael Cremin
  • Jan 31
    • Michael Alonge
    • Kyle Lawrence
    • Christofer Kazanchyan
    • Tobe Panar
  • Feb 5
    • Kelly Scanlon
    • Qian Sun
  • Feb  7
    • Mimi Petersen
    • John Collins
    • Joe Riggs
  • Feb  12
    • Stephen Jackson
    • David Tucker
    • Kevin Tse
    • Nick Brower
  • Feb  14
    • Joshua Jacoby
    • Francesca Shadeed
  • Feb  19
    • Gerardo Perez
    • Olivia Krzeminski
    • Zachary Wells
  • Feb  21
    • Jacob Jasser
    • Christian Ambriz
    • Ramsey Aweti
  • Feb  26
    • Omar Ortiz
  • Feb  28
    • Stanley Wu
  • Mar 12
    • Steven Yan
    • Christopher Selling
    • Andy Shen
    • Robert Li
  • Mar 14
    • Tony He
    • Austin Smith
    • Justin Kwok
    • Colin Swerdon


Instructors and Assistants