Studying Engineering at University: Everything You Need to Know

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10
REPORT
WRITING—THE
NUTS AND BOLTS

Professional engineers write many reports. Most articles in engineering journals and in the workplace are based on a report structure. In a consulting firm, your reports or proposals to clients will also use report structure and language. Within your corporation, you will report on new product developments or recommend research or investment. You will write up interviews and write proposals. Proposal writing is a valuable skill which your prac reports help you develop.

Here are basic guidelines for report writing. If you are studying in more than one faculty and department, you may find differences in report headings or the referencing system. If your departmental guide is different, then follow it.


ORGANISATION BY HEADINGS

Reports are organised around headings. Headings help the reader follow the logical course of the report. They also

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