About This Chapter
Reports Designed to Inform - Chapter Summary
In this chapter on reports designed to inform, you'll learn about the type of content found in incident reports. There's also a lesson that will provide helpful information about laboratory reports, including their purpose, structure and content. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to do the following with ease:
- List different types of informal reports
- Provide the structure of progress reports
- Explain how to write progress reports
- Describe the type of content used in research reports
- Outline the purpose of incident reports
- Detail ethic issues related to informal report writing
Professional instructors provide plenty of examples to assist you with grasping the concepts presented on reports designed to inform. Self-assessment quizzes follow each lesson so that you know which areas require additional study time. The quizzes link back to the corresponding points in the lessons, so if you get a question wrong you can easily revisit that topic.
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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the DSST Technical Writing: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Basics of Technical Writing
- Prewriting for Technical Documents
- Technical & Business Writing Techniques
- Technical Editing & Rewriting
- Formatting Technical Documents
- Technical Document Design
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing
- Reports to Persuade & Make Recommendations
- Business Report & Proposal Basics
- Technical Instructions
- Writing Technical Manuals
- How to Write Proposals
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST Technical Writing Flashcards