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ENGR 399 / GEOL 450 - Intermediate Special Topics in Engineering: Home

Library Instruction Goals

This guide should help you:

  • Form an approach to initiating an assignment.
  • Use keywords related to your chosen acoustics topic.
  • Distinguish the differences between popular and scientific journal articles.
  • Explore the library's information resources.
  • Evaluate the information you are finding on your topic.  
  • Select appropriate sources to use for your assignment.  
  • Cite the journal articles in the required format.

Assignment and Research

surfboards on the beach

camera iconby Prayitno.  Used with Creative Commons license permission.


After you have researched the following points of your research topic, you need to prepare a 5-7 minute presentation.  Do NOT just tell us what Google or Wikipedia might have to say on your topic!  


Focus on the engineering aspects of your topic - specifically:

•       Materials available at the time and environmental impact

•       Known technology at the time

•       Shape of the design including fins

•       Strength and weight of boards

•       Types of waves ridden

•       How waves were ridden at the time