Formal report guidelines_Lab10_Fall2010

Formal report guidelines_Lab10_Fall2010 - ECE 345 Fall 2010...

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ECE 345 Fall 2010 Formal report guidelines for Laboratory #10 The Formal lab report is due December 2 nd or 3 rd at the beginning of your lab session. Remember that during your lab session you will be taking your final lab exam and if you are late, you will lose valuable exam time. Follow these guidelines very carefully. This lab report will be graded in a stricter manner than the previous lab reports. No handwriting is permitted in this report. Everything must be organized, and formatted consistently and in a logical manner. If you would like to get some feedback, you can submit a draft to myself or Keith by November 29 th , but keep in mind it will take us a day or two to respond with comments. The following guidelines have been adapted from http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/workbooks/reports.html What distinguishes a formal report from an informal reporting of information? The answer lies not in the topics of formal reports, but in the expectations of the audiences for formal reports. In a formal report, the audience expects a methodical presentation of the subject that includes summaries of important points as well as appendices on tangential and secondary points. Note that the readers for a formal report are often two or more distinct audiences. These distinct audiences include professionals specializing in the report's subject matter, professionals not specializing in the report's subject matter, and managers overseeing the report's subject matter. Format distinguishes formal reports from an informal reporting of information. A well-crafted formal report is formatted such that the report's information is readily accessible to all the audiences. For that reason, formal reports are split into different sections. One way to group these sections is in terms of the front matter, main text, and back matter. The front matter, which presents preliminary information for the report, serves to orient all intended audiences to what the report contains. The text portion of the formal report is the report's "story" and contains the introduction, discussion, and conclusion of the report. The text delivers a methodical explanation of the report's work to the report's primary audience. The report's back matter portion, which contains the appendices, glossary, and references, serves to
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