Online Class: Report Writing 101
with CEU Certificate*
Organizing and writing reports for business can take up a lot of valuable time and money. Yet, they are a necessary evil used to explain and or justify expenses, events, accidents, propose policy changes, and 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 another.
That said, not everyone is a writer or even likes to write. 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.
This course was 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 using the report pyramid
Identify the information that should be include in a report and gain the readers' attention
Present the information, as well as how to be convincing and persuasive when writing reports
Create reports that achieve their desired goal or intended impact
Write informal, semi-formal, and formal reports
Edit the reports you write
Add illustrations to reports
Create a list of references or a bibliography for a report
Create a table of contents
This course is divided into twelve lessons to ensure that each topic is covered fully and that you have all the information you need to learn. Although you are not required to write an actual report in order to successfully complete this course, you will be required to identify all aspects of a report, determine what information should go into different types of reports, and structure your own reports. From there, writing a report will be as easy as filling in the blanks.
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.
- Organize reports to make writing them easier and less time consuming using the report pyramid
- Identify the information that should be included in a report and gain the readers’ attention
- Present the information, as well as how to be convincing and persuasive when writing reports
- Create reports that achieve their desired goal or intended impact
- Write informal, semi-formal, and formal reports
- Edit the reports you write
- Add illustrations to reports
- Create a list of references or a bibliography for a report
- Create a table of contents
- And more
All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.
Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.
|Assignment 1A - Review the Report Pyramid||1|
|Write an Incident Report - Assignment 5||50|
|Progress Completion Report - Assignment 6||50|
|Write a Test and Lab Report - Assignment 7||100|
|Investigation and Evaluation Report - Assignment 8||50|
|Suggestion Report Writing - Assignment 9||50|
|The Final Exam||57|
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