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Report Writing Course

Synopsis


Module 1 – How to study.


Module 2 – Writing Style and Technique – I

The eight parts of speech – nouns – pronouns – ambiguous pronouns – problems with pronouns – verbs – active v passive – conjunctions – adjectives – adverbs – prepositions – the use of numbers.


Module 3 – Writing Style and Technique – II

The 5 Cs – teaming clarity with completeness – circumlocution – avoiding repetition – using the right word – using linking words and sign posts – idioms – jargon – foreign words in English – use of adjectives, adverbs, similes and metaphors – sentence structure – paragraphing.


Module 4 – Preparing to Write Your Report

Routine reports – special reports - technical reports – verbal reports – questions to ask: purpose, readership, content, structure, organisation and style – making notes – using abbreviations.


Module 5 – Form and Layout of Reports

Title page – circulation list – notes and acknowledgements – table of contents – list of illustrations – abstract/summary – introduction – body of report – conclusions – recommendations – appendices – bibliography/references – glossary – index. A worked example.


Module 6 – Constructing a Report

Planning the outline – gathering information – arranging the information – selecting material – interpreting information – writing the report – presenting the report – checking your work: content, design, text and style. Case study constructing a report. Some further aspects of report writing.


Module 7 – Presenting Visual Information

Graphs – bar charts – pie charts – symbol charts (pictograms) – diagrams, plans and sketch maps – charts – flow charts – photographs – tables.


Looking ahead


Supplement: Punctuation and Spelling

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