Based on the outline, learn how to productively write a first draft of a technical report. When drafting a report, start with the findings section and use the outline as a guide. Judy explains how to draw on research during the drafting process. She then explores how to write a draft of the report's conclusion, and finally the introduction. This video also discusses the importance of moving forward during the writing process to create the draft.
- [Narrator] Finally, you are ready…to begin drafting the report.…The planning and data collection are completed.…That doesn't necessarily mean…that you won't have to return to the planning stage,…or that you won't need more research.…But you are to the stage in the entire process…that you can begin writing.…As you looked at these lessons,…you may have noticed that this…is one of the shortest lessons.…And if you really thought about it,…that may have surprised you.…Shouldn't the writing the report be the most involved step?…Actually, the opposite is true.…
Remember, you already know…what information you will include and in what order.…You've considered your reader…and the expectation of those readers.…And you've analyzed the data.…You're ready and eager to finally draft.…Or maybe you dread the thought…of actually beginning the writing.…But in whichever group you are, remember,…if we've scheduled 15 days to write the report,…only three days, 20%, will be spent on this first,…and I emphasize, first draft.…
So let's begin writing the body, the findings section.…
- 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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Evaluate audience needs3m 41s
3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
5. Mechanical Elements
Next steps2m 29s
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