Body of the report
The body section expands and develops the material in a logical and coherent manner, reflecting the structure outlined in the Introduction. It contains a description of the findings and a discussion of them. It should also relate the findings to any theory of relevance. The following questions are examples of some of the types of questions the body of your report should seek to answer:
What were the most significant findings or factors involved in the topic/ problem?
Did the findings support the theory?
Have you found some disagreement with the theory?
Did you uncover any unexpected or new issues that need to be considered?
This section is usually the longest part of the report. The material must be presented logically. The type of headings you use to organise the information in the body of your report will depend on the purpose of the report you are preparing. Make sure the headings and sub-headings you choose are informative. The following general structures are just examples of ways it may be appropriate to structure your report.
Type 1: Findings/ Discussion
• Sub-heading 2
• Sub-heading 2
• Issue 2
The body of a report will also probably contain supporting evidence such as tables, graphs or figures. Only include those that are essential for reader understanding, the rest can be placed in an appendix that is referred to in the text; for example,
Appendix C contains the YoY predicted growth in shareholder accounts for the company.
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