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Professional Report Writing

This intensive, practical, one-day course looks at the various aspects of both planning and writing professional reports. By looking at the anticipated audience, the course focuses on how to prepare reports that will match up to, and exceed, the expectations of the reader.

It will teach you to plan, design and write a structured report, ensuring that only suitable content is included, and that the argument provided is logical and provides suitable calls to action.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is suitable for anybody that either anticipates having to write reports in the future, or is already having to produce reports and is looking to improve.

Delegates may find that they are operating within 3 main spheres, namely the academic environment, a commercial environment, or one that aims for various reasons at influencing policymakers, such as lobbyists.

Maximum class size for Business Writing Skills courses is 10 delegates, which ensures that attendees get adequate time for personal attention from the instructor. At some of our centres, the maximum class size is 12 delegates.

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Learning Objectives

This one-day course looks at the various aspects of both planning and writing professional reports. By looking at the anticipated audience, the course focuses on how to prepare reports that will match up to, and exceed, the expectations of the reader.

It will teach you to plan, design and write a structured report, ensuring that only suitable content is included, and that the argument provided is logical and provides suitable calls to action.

Course Content

MODULE 1:  Introduction and Course Overview
MODULE 2:  What is a Report?
Learning outcomes:
To clearly define what a report is, and to list the key aspects that define a report
Topics covered:
  • The Definition of a Report
  • 9 Key Aspects of a Report
MODULE 3:  How to Structure a Report Professionally
Learning outcomes:
To outline the structure that a professional report should be built around, and the appropriate order of appearance
Topics covered:
  • An Abstract or Executive Summary
  • A Table of Contents
  • The Introduction
  • A Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Summary
MODULE 4:  What Makes a Good Report
Learning outcomes:
To list the essential criteria that make up a good report, based on reader expectations
Topics covered:
  • Objectivity
  • Accuracy
  • Directness
  • Criticality
  • Appropriateness
  • Sound Logic
  • On Time!
MODULE 5:  5 Common Complaints about Reports
Learning outcomes:
To investigate the 5 most common causes of complaints about reports, and how to avoid making them
Topics covered:
  • Not answering the brief
  • Poor Structure
  • Inadequate Content
  • Wrong Kind of Results
  • Unnecessary Use of Jargon
MODULE 6:  A Checklist for Successful Reports
Learning outcomes:
To provide a checklist to use before submitting a report to ensure it is of a good quality
Topics covered:
  • Does the report answer the original brief?
  • Does the report answer the needs of the reader?
  • Is the material presented in relevant and logical sections?
  • Is everything correctly and clearly labelled?
  • Are all graphs and tables explained properly?
  • Does all content relate to the stated objectives?
  • Is the report jargon free?
  • Have you proof read the report before submitting?
MODULE 7:  How to Plan Your Report
Learning outcomes:
To provide a step by step guide to producing good quality reports that will be well received
Topics covered:
  • Fully understanding the brief
  • Visualising who the reader will be
  • Creating the structure of the report
  • Obtaining or producing the data
  • Analysing the data and information
  • Arriving at a conclusion, with a call to action
  • Writing the report
  • Using the checklist to appraise and edit the report
  • Submitting the report
MODULE 8:  Your Personal Action Plan

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