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Practical and concise, this is a student’s essential guide to writing effective reports. It shows students how to tailor report structures and conventions to different audiences and purposes and how to manage changes in format and requirements, so that they have the tools to write reports with confidence. Real-life examples from a wide range of student reports demonstrate features of good report writing, and a comprehensive checklist keeps students on track.

This is an invaluable resource for all students who are required to write reports as part of their degree course.

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2. Gathering your information

Sometimes your investigation calls for you to establish your ‘aims and objectives’ — particularly for longer reports or dissertations. People often get aims and objectives confused and find it hard to distinguish between them. This is not surprising as major dictionaries usually define them as meaning the same thing.
Michelle Reid

4. Business plans, project proposals and dissertations

Business plans, project proposals and dissertations share many of the features of reports, such as a formal structure divided by headings. However, since they have different purposes to fulfil there are some differences between these assignment formats and reports.
Michelle Reid

7. Report writing at work

Once you leave university, the good news is you’ll probably never have to write an essay again! But reports are a universal form of presenting information, so it is likely you will be writing reports in your chosen career.
Michelle Reid
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