Develop a final outline of a technical report to identify how a reader will use the report. The focus of an outline includes the content, the facts, the support, and the analysis. In this video, understand how to logically order and organize content so ideas are grouped together for context and flow. Judy also explains how to develop subsections or headings and use appropriate numbering in a final outline.
- [Instructor] You had a tentative outline to help you begin…thinking about information that you will need,…areas to research, and you've…collected the bulk of the research.…Now's the time to, no, not begin writing,…but to develop a final outline.…Think of it as your blueprint, your instructions,…your overall plan in its final form.…Preparing and evaluating your final outline…will help you see the big picture as well as the…little pictures making up the collage of the parts.…
Is everything included?…Is the arrangement, the ordering of the parts,…logical to the reader?…Are the relationships clear?…At first, the final outline need show…only the report body parts.…The meat, or heart, of the report…layer the prefatory parts, and appended parts…can be included, but the primary focus…needs to be on the content, the facts,…the support, the analysis.…So look at the tentative outline again.…Does anything need to be changed,…rearranged, deleted or added?…Did you add research as your study progressed?…If so, where does it fit logically?…
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- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.
Skill Level Intermediate
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