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Report Writing
Structure of the reportWriting Business Reports

In business, the information provided in reports needs to be easy to find, and written in such a way that the client can understand it. This is one reason why reports are divided into sections clearly labelled with headings and sub-headings. Technical information which would clutter the body of the report is placed in the appendix.

The structure of a report and the purpose and contents of each section is shown below.

TITLE PAGE report title
your name
submission date
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY overview of subject matter
methods of analysis
TABLE OF CONTENTS list of numbered sections in report and their page numbers
INTRODUCTION terms of reference
outline of reportís structure
BODY headings and sub-headings which reflect the contents of each section. Includes information on method of data collection (if applicable), the findings of the report and discussion of findings in light of theory
CONCLUSION states the major inferences that can be drawn from the discussion
makes recommendations
REFERENCE LIST list of reference material consulted during research for report
APPENDIX information that supports your analysis but is not essential to its explanation


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