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Formal Technical Reports - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Formal technical reports can serve numerous purposes and come in a variety of forms. This chapter's effective lessons make the various types and elements of formal reports easy to understand and remember. As you navigate through the video lessons, you can send questions to our instructors if you need to clear up confusion about a particular topic. Upon completion of the chapter, you'll have learned about the following:
- Using formal reports for problem-solving
- The various sections of the formal report components
- Developing recommendation reports
- The inclusion of visuals in formal reports
|Formal Reports as Problem-Solving Documents: Criteria & Standards||Learn about applying formal reports to solve problems.|
|The Three Main Components of Formal Reports||Discover the three primary components that formal reports have.|
|How to Write Recommendation Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content||Become knowledgeable of the writing process behind recommendation reports.|
|How to Write Feasibility Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content||Study how feasibility reports are written as well as what warrants them.|
|How to Write Evaluation Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content||Examine the composition of an evaluation report.|
|Considering the Audience in Formal Reports||Learn the significance of keeping the audience in mind when dealing with formal reports.|
|Research & Visuals in Formal Reports||Evaluate how important research is in developing formal reports in addition to the use of visuals in these reports.|
|Ethical Issues in Formal Report Writing||Become well-acquainted with the leading ethical considerations involving 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. 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.
7. 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 English 305: Advanced Technical Writing course
- Basics of Technical Writing
- Prewriting for Technical Documents
- Writing Technical Documents
- Technical Editing & Rewriting
- Elements of Technical Documents
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing
- Informal Technical Reports
- Business Reports and Proposals
- Technical Correspondence
- Technical Writing in Business Correspondence
- Technical Resumes & Cover Letters
- Technical Instructions
- Writing Technical Manuals
- How to Write Proposals
- Required Assignments for English 305
- Studying for English 305