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Report Writing Skills


Some academic assignments ask for a ‘report’, rather than an essay, and students are often confused about what that really means. Likewise, in business, confronted with a request for a ‘report’ to a senior manager, many people struggle to know what to write. Confusion often arises about the writing style, what to include, the language to use and the length of the document.

Most of us need to write a report at sometime. Some people write them only occasionally, while others have to draft reports on a regular basis. This course will use a structured series of related exercises and practical skills activities. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques and actively practice newly learnt skills during the course.


Planning your report

  • What is a report?
  • The different types of reports and what they are used for getting a good brief
  • Deadlines and their implications

Research skills

  • Structuring your report
  • Structuring for success
  • Titles, sub-headings and numbering systems
  • Templates for reports
  • Presenting the report

Writing style, language, design and layout

  • Getting the right style and tone
  • Using plain English
  • Revising your report
  • Editing and proof reading

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