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Report writing

What is a report

This definition is taken from Writing a report on QUT CiteWrite.

A report is a structured document that presents information as clearly and succinctly as possible.  Reports should be easy to read and professional in presentation.

Reports generally contain sections, broken up under headings. 

The sections used for reports include:

  • Executive summary
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Discussion or body
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • References

See CiteWrite for an example report structure.

Also check out the University of New South Wales' Report Writing Support page. 

How to write in an academic style

You will need to write in an academic style for your report. 

The video below shows you how academic writing differs from other forms of writing.

Trying to find the right words?

The University of Manchester has an Academic Phrasebank of expressions you can use in your assignments to help define, describe, critique and introduce your ideas.

Subjects: Engineering / Civil engineering
Tags: engineering writing, referencing, report writing