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Introduction to Report Writing


Organizing and writing reports for business can take up a lot of valuable time and money.  They are a necessary evil used to explain and/or justify expenses, events, accidents, policy changes, as well as document numerous other activities within a company.   Reports can point out problems and offer solutions.   They can be used to explain costs or to receive an increase in budget.   In addition, when written as a proposal, they can generate new projects and income for a company by bringing in business from other sources. In short, reports are an instrument used to communicate needed information to the appropriate people within the same business or from one business to another.  

That said, not everyone is a writer. Being left with the task of creating a report can seem like a punishment akin to torture.   Staring at a blank screen or a blank piece of paper with no idea of how to start or --once you do start -- figuring out what needs to be included can be a nightmare all of its own.  

Not to mention, if the message in the report isn't well written or appropriately targeted to the correct audience, all of the struggle to write the report becomes a waste of time and money. That's not even addressing the money that could be lost simply because the message wasn't clear or directed at the right people.

About This Course

This course is designed for business professionals who are tasked with writing reports and proposals. The goal of this course is to take the difficulty out of writing these reports and then teach how to write them efficiently and effectively.  

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to organize reports to make writing them easier and less time consuming.

  • How to identify the important information that should be included in a report that will gain the readers' attention.

  • How to present the information, as well as how to be convincing and persuasive.

  • Create reports that achieve their desired goal and have the intended impact. 

This course is divided into twelve lessons to ensure that each topic is covered fully and that each student has all the information that they need to learn.  Although students are not required to write an actual report in order to successfully complete this course, students will be required to identify all aspects of a report, determine what information should go into different types of reports, and structure their own reports.  

Each lesson in this course is followed by a lesson exercise and assignment.  The lesson exercises are mandatory for all students and will determine whether or not a student has satisfactorily completed the course.  Lesson assignments are optional. These will not be graded and only given as a tool that provides for a deeper learning and understanding of the material presented.

In addition, some of the lessons contain section reviews.   Each section review contains three multiple choice questions that directly relate to a certain type of report.   These section reviews are to help you learn how to organize and write different sections on a report.   Just like the lesson exercises, these section reviews are mandatory for all students and will influence whether or not a student has satisfactorily completed the course.

Erase everything you think you already know about writing reports.   Forget that you hate writing them, if you do.   Forget the dread that comes with knowing how you'll struggle with it from beginning to end.   If you or your company has a template that you use for reports, it's important that you cast that aside as well.   Writing reports is not difficult, even if you're not a writer or have no interest in writing.   In fact, writing a report without a template can be easier than writing a report with one.   We're going to prove that to you in this course.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Report Writing

This course was designed for business professionals who are tasked with writing reports and proposals. 12 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction
  • Complete: Assignment 1A - Review the Report Pyramid
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Perfecting Your Writing Style

You don't have to be a professional-level writer, or an aspiring best-selling author to write effective, high-qualityreports. 25 Total Points
  • Review Article: Grammar/Style
  • Complete: Assignment 2
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Using Correct and Consistent Spelling and Abbreviations

Most publishers, editors, and writers use what's called a book of style to ensure that their spelling and abbreviations are correct and consistent throughout a document. 28 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: 14 Steps to writing a report; How to write a report; The report writing process
  • Complete: Assignment 3
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Writing the Report

This course's purpose is to give you all the instruction you need to not only write effective reports, but to write them easily. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Write an Informal Business Report; How to Write an Informal Reports
  • Complete: Assignment 4
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Informal Reports

In this lesson and the ones that follow, we will provide descriptions of the various types of reports by instructing you on how and when they are used. 60 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Online Technical Writing: Progress Reports; Style for Progress Reports
  • Complete: Write an Incident Report - Assignment 5
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Informal Reports, Continued

The informal reports we are going to cover in this lesson are a little different than the ones from the last.They are still informal, and they are still short. However, these types of informal reports can contain attachments. 60 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Example of a Periodic Progress Report; Write it Down: Preparing Progress and Periodic Reports
  • Complete: Progress Completion Report - Assignment 6
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Semi-Formal Reports: Test and Lab Reports

In this lesson, we are going to cover a comprehensive lab report, as well as one created in a classroom setting. 109 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: How to Write a Lab Report; Some Tips on Writing Lab Reports; The Parts of a Laboratory Reports
  • Complete: Write a Test and Lab Report - Assignment 7
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Semi-Formal Reports: Investigation and Evaluation Reports

Semi-formal reports are more personal in their language, because you address your audience. 60 Total Points
  • Review Article: How to Write an Investigative Report
  • Complete: Investigation and Evaluation Report - Assignment 8
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Semi-Formal Reports: Suggestions and Proposals

In this lesson, we are covering suggestions and proposals as two different types of reports, which are essentially the same. They are meant to convey an idea, suggestion, or solution. 59 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Write a Plan or Proposal That Rocks; What Is an Example of an Informal Written Proposal?
  • Complete: Suggestion Report Writing - Assignment 9
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Formal Reports

A formal report is a type of document. It's a bound document with a jacket, and it looks as important as the information inside is to the audience. 13 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Write a Formal Report; Writing Guidelines: Formal Reports
  • Complete: Assignment 10
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Illustrations

The main goal of an illustration is to complement the text. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Questions on Building a template to insert photos on a page; Visual Aids - an overview
  • Complete: Assignment 11
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: References and Bibliographies

Citing your sources is not just a matter of giving credit where it is due. It is also a way to establish credibility with your audience. 92 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Complete: Assignment 12
  • Complete: Exam 12
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Report Writing 101
Course Number: 8900367
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
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