About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering formal technical reports will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to write formal reports. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to construct or use formal technical reports
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning writing skills (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about technical reports
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra writing resources
How It Works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the formal technical reports chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the formal technical reports chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about formal reports. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a formal technical reports unit of a standard technical writing course. Topics covered include:
- Criteria and standards for using formal reports as problem-solving documents
- The components of formal reports
- Purpose, structure, and content of recommendation, feasibility, and evaluation reports
- How to consider the audience when composing and distributing formal reports
- Importance of research in composing formal reports
- Ways to use visuals in formal reports
- Ethical issues to consider when writing formal reports
1. Formal Reports as Problem-Solving Documents: Criteria & Standards
How do organizations solve problems and evaluate solutions? In this lesson, we'll examine the role of formal reports in organizational problem-solving, including the three major types of formal reports and the criteria for a great formal report.
2. The Three Main Components of Formal Reports
Organizations use formal reports to present information, analysis, and options to organizational leaders facing complicated problems, issues, or decisions. In this lesson, you'll learn about the three major components of formal reports.
3. How to Write Recommendation Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
Deciding between two or more products or solutions can be an onerous process in business. In this lesson, we'll look at a helpful decision-making tool, the recommendation report. We'll examine what it is, what it includes, and how it is organized.
4. How to Write Feasibility Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
What, exactly, is a feasibility report, and how is it written? In this lesson, we'll examine feasibility reports, including when they are needed, what content goes into a feasibility report, and the two most common organizations of feasibility reports.
5. How to Write Evaluation Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
How do you decide whether a program or product is effective? In this lesson, we'll examine the evaluation report, including what they are, how they are used in business, what information is included in them, and how they are organized.
6. Considering the Audience in Formal Reports
When drafting a formal report, it is important to think about the audience and the purpose of the report. In this lesson, we'll explore strategies you can use to identify the audience and assess their needs.
7. Research & Visuals in Formal Reports
Your technical writing may be superb, but at some point even the best writers need a little help to make their work more readable. In this lesson, we look at how research and visuals can assist in doing that.
8. Ethical Issues in Formal Report Writing
Businesses use formal reports for a variety of situations, but they are often fraught with ethical issues. In this lesson, we'll examine the ethics of formal report writing, including ethics when doing research and honesty issues when writing reports.
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Other chapters within the Technical Writing: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Technical Writing: Help and Review
- Prewriting for Technical Documents: Help and Review
- Writing Technical Documents: Help and Review
- Technical Editing & Rewriting: Help and Review
- Elements of Technical Documents: Help and Review
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing: Help and Review
- Informal Technical Reports: Help and Review
- Business Reports for Technical Writing: Help and Review
- Technical Correspondence: Help and Review
- Technical Resumes & Cover Letters: Help and Review
- Technical Instructions: Help and Review
- Writing Technical Manuals: Help and Review
- Writing Proposals: Help and Review
- Language & Style
- Language in Context