Determine if a technical report is organized logically based on the content, the purpose, and how readers will use the information. Examine the report’s sequence and arrangement of sections based on cause and effect, chronology, or the importance of the subject. This video explores the primacy and recency of content and how information should be grouped together.
- [Instructor] One of the keys to any…well-written business document is organization.…Analyzing the reader is important,…collecting the data must be done,…but only if a technical report is organized logically,…will it meet the readers' needs.…All sections, main and sub,…must be arranged in a logical sequence.…Whichever sequence you choose will be logical to you,…but it must also be logical to the reader,…it must flow to show the reader…that the arrangement is logical,…and helps the reader know…where to locate specific information.…
Most technical reports follow the generic IMRaD pattern,…the acronym for Introduction, Methods,…Results, and Discussion.…Of course, companies and organizations may decide…to adjust the pattern to fit their specific need or purpose.…The introduction has subcomponents,…most likely they will include the subject, purpose,…main point, significance of the study,…and any necessary background information.…Next, the methods section will include the overall approach,…the materials, the steps in the research process,…
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- Identifying the purpose and main point of the report
- Evaluating audience needs
- Conducting research
- Writing a first draft
- Writing an abstract
- Including methodology and procedure
- Creating a cover letter
- Crediting sources
- Considering language formality
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3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
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