If you’ve taught report writing, you may have found it difficult to explain how to weigh the importance of one solution criterion against another. Filippo A. Salustri, a professor of mechanical engineering at Ryerson, has devised a straightforward pairwise comparison problem-solving method that you could introduce to your students. Thanks to Richard McMaster for drawing my attention to this tool.
You may also want to look at Professor Salustri’s engineering design site. His uncompromising policy on grade bumping requests, entitled “don’t bother begging for marks,” is eye-opening.