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Reading will form the basis of your study. Good reading strategies will help you to do well in all of your assessment tasks.
Not everything you ought to know is in your course notes. You are expected to read from many sources. Some of your reading can be done quite quickly. You need to prioritise and use the available reading time to the best advantage. Table 8.1 shows some of the sources of information.
University students consult many sources because universities recognise that there may not be one right and true answer to every engineering question. In fact, we know that different circumstances affect different cases— there are exceptions, there are sets of data that are incomplete, and there are theories that are impossible to test. There are certainly situations which no-one has ever encountered before. Engineers also need to be aware of changes happening in the wider community, for what were perfectly good answers to engineering problems ten years previously may not be acceptable to current community aspirations, attitudes and values. In addition to all that,