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Report Writing

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students' report writing skills.

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ACADEMIC WRITING FOR REPORTS

A group editorial activity aimed at highlighting examples of bad practice in academic writing. Presents the opportunty to make selective changes in order to develop academic writing skills.

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IDENTIFY THE AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE

A classroom activity showing the importance of tailoring writing for a specific audience. Downloads can be adapted to be subject specific.

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IDENTIFY THE SECTIONS OF A REPORT

A classroom activity which helps to develop understanding of the reasons why reports are organised as they are. Further to this, it highlights the differing writing styles appropriate for each section.

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IS A DISSERTATION JUST A LONGER REPORT?

This guide is designed to show you how to adapt your current report writing practices for doing a longer independent research project like a dissertation. If you are planning to do a dissertation project that involves some kind of primary data...

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ORGANISE YOUR REPORT

A classroom activity in which the participant must rearrange a jumbled list of report sections. Includes two list examples.

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STRUCTURE OF REPORTS

A detailed explanation of the content of subsections of a report. This includes information about titles for sections as well as suggested content.

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD REPORT?

This resource includes a list of commonly perceived tropes of sub-standard reports as well as a detailed breakdown of suggested content of report sections.

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Is a dissertation just a longer report?

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Academic writing for reports

A group editorial activity aimed at highlighting examples of bad practice in academic writing. ...

Why is report writing so important?

An explanation of why reports are a critical format for presenting research results. Includes...

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