Content of summer practice reports is expected to be different from one another due to the variation of institutions visited. However, as a general guide, below sections should be included in your summer practice reports:
- Introduction (do not forget to include the scope (aim) of your summer practice)
- The main section tittles (section headings) can change according to the institution and practices employed. However, the following information has to be supplied under appropriate tittles:
- Description of the institution (If applicable, provide an organization chart, employee backgrounds, summary of the works or responsibilities of the institution, especially the purpose of establishment, the kind(s) of environmental work carried out, examples of remarkable work the institution has performed, etc.)
- Description of the specific work you did during your summer practice
- Technical Details (e.g. If you carried out your summer practice at a factory with a treatment plant, then you should give a flow-scheme of the TP, basic sizing of the units, design parameters, etc. Please see the next page regarding common mistakes made in summer practice reports)
- Discussion (Your observations, suggestions, and what you think you gained during your summer practice)
- Appendix (Details of some of the processes mentioned in the text, pictures of the treatment plant/institution that you preferred not to include in the text, etc.)
- Page margins : 3 cm from left, 2 cm from all the rest
- Paper size : A4
- Line Spacing : 1.5
- Font : Times New Roman, 12pt
- Cover page : Should include the below:
- Tittle : (ENVE 300 (or 400) Summer Practice Report)
- Name of the institution (and related section)
- Your name, student id, year
- Submission date : ( GG / AA / YY )
- Length : 25 - 35 pages text (according to the suggested format) + relevant Figures, Tables, Appendices
Common Mistakes in Summer Practice Report Writing
- Improper use of language in technical writing (no spelling checks, improper sectioning, misuse of English vocabulary and technical terms, redundancy, using limited number of words (use Thesaurus for help) etc.)
- Lack of referral to the Appendix, or Table/Figures. (e.g. Providing all the technical brochures, etc. in the Appendix without giving the reason to include them in your report)
- Lack of proper citations in the text (sources of the information you are presenting), and improper format of the reference list.
- Sloppiness in handling/organizing/reporting on observations.
- Providing too much technical detail (e.g. full details of all hydraulic calculations for a treatment plant) or direct copy of technical documents (e.g. EIA preparation specifications)
- Lack of pertinent data (e.g. basic design parameters or flow scheme of a treatment plant) among long, irrelevant descriptions.
- Discussions in too general terms. Arguments not related to the specific organization you did your summer practice.
- Giving no sign of observations made, lack of your own comments and input.
- Little attempt to relate your observations and experiences with material learned in courses.
Format of referencing:
Typical reference formatting
- Agarwhal, V.C., and Mishra, R. (2000). "Design of pipeline to transport neutrally buoyant capsules", Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, 126(1), 91-92.
- ASTM. (1997). Standard test methods
Checklist for Summer Practice Report Submission
- Submission date is the Monday of the third week of the semester you have registered for the class.
- Make sure you have followed the suggestions given for report writing and cited the references in the correct way.
- Be sure to submit your report in a binded form. Unbinded ones will not be accepted.
- Submit the survey form with your report.
- Check with our department secretary whether the companies/institutions, you performed your summer practice at, had sent the evaluation form or not. If not, please contact them and make sure they send it before the end of the semester.