Engineering Essay Final Written Report

Final Written Report

      The final written report in essay form must present your completed literature review making a claim about the current literature related to the scenario described by the terms you chose. The essay must progress the narrative from the general context and topic to the particular themes and thesis you chose tied to the context outlined by class. Then it must review the specific literature that provides the support of the theme you identified as the one to review. Finally, the essay should conclude with the outcome of this review to highlight the results of the analysis (research debates, consensus, gaps in knowledge, etc.) along with your claims for the resulting conclusion of the analysis based on what you have chosen as articles to include.

The essay should be between 6-8 pages double spaced but can be longer if needed to accomplish your argument for the chosen thesis. Your essay will contain citations to over 20 articles and must have at least eight (8) quality sources just included in the specific chronological review from the NJIT database representing an article from each year 2018-2022 and an additional one that is most significant outside of these seven. These must all support your main theme in the literature review in the specific section in addition to those needed for the other areas of the essay. Be sure to provide proper in-text citations with full citation at the end in a reference page. To assist, the following breakdown is provided for possible sections of the work with description:


Open your essay with a clear concise opening that defines an expert and  distinguishes that from expertise. Then, explain your perspective on the specific aspect of this general domain you chose to examine with the chronological literature review. This will provide the reader a sense of the main theme you focused upon and the factors that are related to it. You are setting up the area of interest that the literature review will explore based on what you found for keywords and in the articles you will present with the chronological review. You should end this section with a clear concise thesis statement followed by a description of how the paper unfolds to cover the subsequent content.

Particular Background

This section must describe the general conception of the components of the concept of an expert and how that informed your decisions as you explored the literature.  This should provide the basis that underpins the baseline knowledge. Then explain the common thread you identified in the literature that serves as a theme. Explain the rationale for why that is a major theme and ow it ties your investigation together connected back to your original domain. This may be due to the significance of the topic, the prominence of the source or author, the number of other articles cited, or even just a relevance to your own experiences. This reasoning must be clearly and completely explained with elaboration, detailed support, and examples. All content drawn from class materials and the annotated bibliography must be cited properly with in-text citations and in the works cited page.


Review of Specific Literature in the major theme

This section presents your chronological literature review for at least eight (8) scholarly sources from the NJIT database. The analysis of each article for the years 2018-2022 needs to explain the major thesis of the article, its conclusion and how it ties to the thread of the review. Once this storyline of the history of a narrow theme is presented, the literature review must present at least one article of major significance tied to the theme described by those articles. Typically, this article is comprehensive in nature and/or foundational to the work discussed in the theme being explored. Explain the significance of the article, the quality of its conclusions and the trustworthiness of the author and publisher.


Article description of quality and significance.

For each article to be presented in the literature review it is necessary to objectively describe and evaluate  the content and the researchers.  This allows a better understanding of how that work fits within the larger collection of research being done on the topic and if the findings can be trusted.  This type of analysis needs to be presented for each item included in the literature review.


Quality and Relevance of Article

When describing the article you chose to include in the literature review, you need to describe how it is relevant to your   topic and domain as well as its quality.  This can be accomplished by answering the following items:

  • What is the Author’s thesis, major claim and conclusion presented in the article
  • Why did you select the article as significant and related to this literature review? Provide a detailed explanation with examples.
  • How does it relate to the topic of interest for the course and your chosen domain?


What is your argument for why this article is trustworthy and of quality?  Provide detailed explanations.

  • What is the reputation of the author? Be sure to explain the credentials of each author in relation to the topic of research and their expertise.  Explain the training and record of accomplishment of the authors and how that is relevant to the subject being
  • What is your analysis of the reputation and quality of the publication?
  • How many sources were cited and how many times was this source itself cited?
  • What are the limits, possible bias and other issues of objectivity or applicability for the source and its content?


NOTE: Do not just pick any seven articles to list and add another unrelated article to discuss. All the work must fit together and lead to the conclusion of the value of the work to a common theme.


Finally, the essay should conclude with your own opinion about the topic explored and the value of the theme you identified in the literature. This should highlight the results of the analysis (research debates, consensus, gaps in knowledge, etc.). This analysis should be the basis for the claim of a major focus at the start of the essay in your thesis statement. Be sure to make a convincing argument in your conclusion so that there is a clear take-away about your findings from the research you explored.


You must produce a 6-8 page essay not including front matter or reference page in MS Word following the class submission guidelines for presenting the body. You may choose to use MLA or APA style format for the in-text citations and list of references at the end. Do not use numbered footnotes or end notes. The paper must have in-text parenthetical citations with the associated list of cited references at the end with the style you select used consistently. The essay must have sufficient evidence properly cited to support your written work. DO NOT Plagiarize, as that will lead to failure in the course and referral to the Dean of Students for further action. In addition, you should use citations correctly and effectively to integrate the research-based evidence into the work. Thus, do not include long quoted sections nor large areas of paraphrased content in the text. Cite all work with in-text citations and full proper reference in the works cited page.