A report is a structured document that allows students to communicate and demonstrate their knowledge on key subjects, theories, and, concepts. They are structured using headings and sub-headings. Different reports will require you to:
Reports are structured with several components. The type of report you are writing will determine what sections you will need to include.
This should be an inviting and attractive page, that will include the following information.
Abstract/ Executive Summary*
*Business reports often require an Executive Summary instead of an abstract. This should be written in complete sentences. The abstract/ executive summary provides an overview of the report for the reader, it should include:
This provides the reader with a clear understanding of the structure of the report. You will use main headings and sub-headings, and provide page numbers. Follow the video instructions below to find out how to Insert a Contents Page in WORD.
This is where you will introduce the report. Be clear and as concise as possible here.
Body of the Report (Discussion)
This is the part of the report where you will employ the use of main headings and sub-headings, this is where you will address the problem/questions/objective of the report.
This is a brief summary of the entire report, it is quite similar to your abstract. Provide an overview of your main findings.
This is where you will introduce solutions and recommendations based on the data you have presented in your report.
This is a list that provides bibliographic details of all the sources you have used in your report. To find out more about Referencing visit the AFTRS Referencing Guide.
Different types of reports require different sections, check your assignment brief before beginning your report. Sections may include