In essays and reports you need to state your aim and scope (also referred to as remit and terms of reference). When stating your aims be specific – are you going to analyse, examine, provide data, evaluate, discuss, make recommendations or do several of these things? When stating your scope it is often useful to say what you are not going to cover as well as what you will discuss. Note that the use of I is increasingly acceptable in academic writing, but check this with your tutor.
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