Report writing

Overview

Reports usually contain the following sections, in this order:

Title

A concise description of what is covered in the report.

Abstract

A summary of the information contained in the report.

Introduction

Provides relevant background information and presents the aims and hypotheses of the study.

Materials and methods

A description of the materials and methods used to produce the results. Includes any statistical methods used to analyse the data.

Results

The collected data summarised as tables and figures with accompanying text describing what the data show.

Discussion

Where the data is interpreted and related to previous research.

Conclusions

A brief summary of your research findings.

Acknowledgements

Give credit to anyone who helped with the research eg, lab group members, supervisor, tutors, technicians, etc.

References

A list of information sources referred to in the report eg, journal articles, books, etc.

 


Basic report template

* This template provides an outline of report headings, but report contents and requirements may differ between tutors and labs. Follow the instructions given to you by your tutors. 

 
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