Air Pollution

Essay: Issues of national/global importance

ENVE – 441

Spring – 2016

Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar




















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Competency and Comfort

State-of-the-art (currently in the news)

Writing an executive summary

Writing style (Persuasive preferred!!!)

Plagiarism (Penalty according to match!)










Essay (5 %) Selecting a good topic…



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Google scholar

Quality of the journal

Peer reviewed

Sci-finder Scholar

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Relevancy can be checked by asking following questions:

Does it relate to environmental engineering (too broad)

Does it relate to EGCE – 441 content (Specific)

How old the paper is?

Is it peer reviewed?











Competency and Comfort

Am I familiar with the subject content?


Will I be able to write comfortably?


What is the scope of the problem? Regional, National or Global?











For this class, ”Only papers/reports published between 2011-2016 will be considered”

Older material might be good but may not be related. Might involve old technology.

The data might be outdated











Writing an essay

Maximum, two page summary

Two page (plus any additional pages for references) summary should be written in single space

Two pages of original write-up; additional page for references if needed

Times New Roman font size 12 should be used throughout the summary

References should be cited on separate pages that will not be counted towards the two page limit

Always write in neutral form: Avoid using I, me, she, they.

Do not plagiarize! HEAVY PENALTY (Penalty goes with the match)










Plagiarism! Do we practice…











Writing an essay

When citing someone’s work in the body of the executive summary:

If there are more than two authors then (Fitch, et al., 2009)

If there are only two authors then (Fitch and Adams, 2009)

Citation format should be: Fitch, M. K.; Adams, J. K.; Chamberlain, C.W., (2010). Modeling persistence of insecticides in the environment. Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 7, pp. 817-235

If you cite a website, make sure to include the date on which it was accessed

If you are citing a book, then make sure to include the page numbers, ISBN number and the publisher










Writing an essay

When citing others work, use the following format:

Study conducted by Volker et al. (2009) reported that…

A study on persistence of insecticides in the soil environment by Volker et al. (2009) demonstrated that…

Volker et al. (2009) showed that the persistence is

Fitch and Adams also reported similar observation in their study…











Writing an essay

To critically evaluate the research work of others:

Although the authors proposed an excellent approach to deal with rise in sea level… however, it would have been great if they would have considered….

The authors study suffers from the following weakness…

The authors failed to demonstrate that the model holds its validity under…

The authors did not validate the model

No statistical analysis or the validity of the model was proposed or presented










Writing an essay

Your summary should have a CONTINUITY. Abrupt changes will not be appreciated












Writing an essay

No citation will receive -2 point penalty

Only one citation (chosen paper) will receive –2 point penalty

More than five citation will be rewarded +2 points











Essay grading rubric




















Name of Students Organization

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