About This Chapter
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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to write informal technical reports
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
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- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about informal 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 informal technical reports chapter exam.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an informal technical reports unit of a standard technical writing course. Topics covered include:
- Types of informal reports
- Purpose, structure, and content of progress reports
- Structure, content, and purpose of research and laboratory reports
- Purpose, structure, and content of incident reports
- Ethical issues in writing informal reports
1. Types of Informal Reports
Often, information needs to be communicated within a company or department. In this lesson, we'll examine informal reports, including informational, analytical, and progress reports, and the purpose and types of each.
2. How to Write Progress Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
Progress reports can be important documents, both to communicate within an organization and to communicate with clients and others outside an organization. Watch this lesson to find out how to write a progress report.
3. How to Write Research & Laboratory Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
One of the most common types of technical writing for those who work in scientific fields is the research report. In this lesson, we learn the parts of a research report, as well as why it is written in such a way.
4. How to Write Incident Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
Incident reports may serve as vitally important business documentation in many industries. In this lesson, you'll learn the purpose, structure and content of a typical incident report. A short quiz follows.
5. Ethical Issues in Informal Report Writing
In the business world, informal reports are a common part of communication, but there are some ethical issues that should be kept in mind when writing them. In this lesson, we'll cover common ethical problems in informal report writing.
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- 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
- Formal 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