The methodology section of a technical report offers an explanation of the methods used to collect both primary and secondary data. This video covers the different ways a methodology can be presented. It explains to the reader that the method should be logical, unbiased, and sequential to ensure the report’s accuracy. A methodology also focuses on how data is collected so an experiment can be replicated.
- [Woman] Of course you had a method,…and followed a procedure, and it worked,…because you have an almost completed technical report.…But now you need to share with your readers…what that method was.…Why?…So that the reader can see that the method was…logical, unbiased, and sequential.…And that the research is accurate, valid, and reliable.…A technical explanation of the methods…you used to collect your data.…How, when, and from what sources.…Think of this information as a way to prove…you used a scientific method,…and that your conclusions or recommendations…are logical and well-supported.…
The findings section will later report…the results of these methods you used.…Even though most technical reports…will include a methodology section,…not all reports will have it in the same place,…nor may call it the same thing.…Method, the methodology, or even the procedure.…Although more commonly, procedure is included…as one subsection of the methodology.…Rather than an individual section, it might be found…as a sub-point of the introduction, or as an appendix.…
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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.
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