Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Generic Feedback “ Assignment 2012-13 Having now marked all the assignments I would like to offer some general comments which I hope you will find helpful. Obviously not all will apply in every case. 1. In general the coursework was of a very high quality with the marks reflecting this. 2. Not everyone followed the presentation requirements for example that the report should be bound and that 1.5 line spacing should be used (the latter point is simply to make it easier to annotate the report when marking). 3. A key aspect of a professional report is how it looks. Formatting needs to be well thought out and consistent. There were many cases of changes in font style, line spacing, random use of capital letters etc. 4. The Summary section was the one area that most reports could improve on. A summary is not an introduction. It should be a potted account of what the report is about and what its findings are. It should be sufficient to advise a potential reader whether or not the contents are likely to be of any interest to them. 5. The quality of writing was generally good. However there were some common issues. One in particular is the tendency to write very long sentences. These are then broken up with incorrect use of commas and semi-colons. It is always best to keep sentences short. 6. It is important to proof read the final version. There were many examples of writing that simply did not make sense. Also, if English is not your first language then ask a native English speaker to proof read on your behalf. 7. Some submissions were in the form of essays. Whilst this is acceptable it is not the norm for technical reports. Reports, rather than essays, are usually broken down into chapters and sub-sections. This makes the report easier to read as the intended logical flow of the material is much clearer. 8. Try not to write in the first person in formal reports. This is more a standard convention that something which is wrong. So instead of saying In this report I will show that¦ you say This report will show that¦. 9. Always use SI units and beware of data from US sources. For example when quoting such sources is a gallon a US gallon or an Imperial gallon. Not that you should use gallons anyway! 10. A kilowatt is small k and capital W, ie kW. A kilowatt-hour is kWh and not kW/h. 11. It’s is short for it is, not of it. So the sentence the cat drank it’s milk is incorrect. 12. Probably one of the main issues was that of referencing. All images must be referenced at the place in the report where they appear. It is not sufficient simply to have a list of references at the back of the report. Also, one of the key things about a reference is that it should identify the author (and almost all web pages have an author so the URL on its own is not enough). Also try not to put full URL’s within the text of a report. Just include a brief link to the full citation in the reference list. 13. There is a tendency to cut and paste images from the internet even when the image quality is poor. If it is too small or not readable then don’t use it. 14. Lastly, make a final check of what you are actually submitting. Especially check for print quality, pagination (tables spread over two pages or labels lost), missing pages, pages the wrong way round, things that shouldn’t be there (there was a least one shopping list). For a custom paper on the above topic, place your order now! What We Offer: ¢ On-time delivery guarantee ¢ PhD-level writers ¢ Automatic plagiarism check ¢ 100% money-back guarantee ¢ 100% Privacy and Confidentiality ¢ High Quality custom-written papers