The introduction of a technical report offers an overview of why and how the report was prepared. Introductions include the problem, the purpose, and the importance of the study, along with possible limitations. Key terms or jargon that need to be explained can also be included in the introduction. In this video, learn how to consider the reader’s needs when organizing and writing this section.
- [Instructor] Set the stage.…That's what the introduction does,…provides the reader with an up front overview.…Why and how the report was prepared.…It provides the main subject,…necessary background,…how the report need originated,…possible limitations to the investigation.…The introduction will also give…an overview of the problem,…the purpose of the report,…maybe the importance of the study…and how the information is organized.…All essential preliminaries.…Everything the reader should know before reading…the main body, the finding section.…
Look at these questions to help you determine…what to include in the introduction.…Why was the report written?…Provide a brief description of the problem,…and clearly identify the question the report is answering.…What steps need to be taken to protect…the environment around highway construction areas,…is an example.…Closely related is: What were the motivation for…and the significance of the study?…Why is the analysis important or relevant?…How were the data collected?…What sources were used?…
- 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.
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