Course Code: REPORT

Duration: 1 Day

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Course Aims:

Write informative and persuasive reports.

Reports are designed to give information concisely and accurately; they should inform, persuade and initiate change. A well-structured report with clear objectives will attract more attention and produce the intended results.

Course Pre-requisites:

This programme is for you if you want to produce reports that propose an argument clearly and in the minimum number of words. You will learn how to write persuasive and coherent reports, organise information and communicate powerful ideas to support decision-making.

Course Objectives:

On completion of this course delegates will be able to:
▪ Understand the functional nature of reports
▪ Prepare and construct persuasive reports
▪ Organise information more efficiently and convincingly
▪ Improve your use of language
▪ Use a set of objective criteria to evaluate and improve your reports

Course Content:

Introduction and Objectives

Communicating on Paper
▪ General principles
▪ Managing information

Reports as a Tool of Management
▪ Functions of reports
▪ Writing for different types of reader
▪ Time management

Planning the Report
▪ Creating a statement of purpose
▪ Clarifying and checking the report’s message
▪ Organising information
▪ Practical exercises in planning a report

Constructing an Outline
▪ Control criteria
▪ Practical exercise: preparing an outline

From Outline to First Draft
▪ Essential apparatus of a report
▪ Functions of prose; techniques of explanation
▪ Summaries and introductions
▪ Practical work: developing the outline; identifying necessary prose techniques

Editing the Report
▪ Paragraphs
▪ Sentences: length and construction
▪ Choosing the best words
▪ Plain English
▪ Practical exercises: editing for clarity

Action Session
▪ Participants commit themselves to actions they will take as a result of attending

Action planning

Review of Programme