Explanation for results comments on unexpected

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Explanation for Results Comments on unexpected results, offering hypothesis for them Comparison to literature Does your research confirm previous studies? Deviate from them? Explanation for how info can be applied in broader context
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Report Format and Organization Summary Discusses: What was learned through research What remains to be learned Weaknesses and shortcomings of study Strengths of study Possible applications of study (how it can be used) Recommendations
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Organizational Considerations Your audience, purpose, and contents should influence your report organization and format Example: your professor may have very specific guidelines Carefully consider your decisions
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Headings and Subheadings Headings and subheadings guide readers’ attention Can be used to keep track of various parts of project: For example: “Making Components,” “Assembling Components,” and “Testing Assembly” They should be: Specific and helpful Used to break up text and “chunk” information Used to guide readers’ attention
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Headings and Subheadings Example of vague heading: “The use of some computing technologies in certain engineering classrooms” Example of specific heading: “Using Matlab in the Freshman engineering classroom”
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Language and Vocabulary Reports should be easily accessible Be straightforward and concise Use simple terms, not jargon and technical terms Keep sentences short and simple (20 words max) Be specific and not general Use concrete numbers and metaphors or similes
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Visual Design A report’s visual design can make or break its communication success Visual Design includes: Use of graphs and other graphics Use of white space
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Visual Design Graphics: Should be used to illustrate specific points Should be incorporated in a way that is natural to report’s content/context Should be explained fully in text using references such as “Fig. 1 shows…” Should be cited if taken from a source
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  • Spring '12
  • A.Young
  • Academic publishing, report format

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