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Professional Writing: Report Writing

January 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Audience:Current Students

This module aims to introduce participants to the process of report writing. We will begin by exploring various report writing principles and formats before examining both short and long forms, including progress and research reports. Our discussion will revolve around three levels: (1) formats of reports, memoranda and formal letters, (2) types, purpose, and contents of reports, as well as (3) report writing techniques. Participants may bring up other related topics.

This module is comprised of two 90-minute sessions. In Session 1, we will focus on understanding and critiquing the writing principles and advice presented in the readings. Participants will then be asked to compose a short text to be circulated to the entire group in anticipation of session 2 which will focus on critiquing the writing samples. All participants are expected to discuss the writing samples’ strengths and possible areas of improvement.

Session 1 will take place on Thursday, January 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Session 2 will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 1-2:30 p.m.

Please note that you will be asked to write an executive summary (200-250 words) for a report (real or imagined). The details of this assignment will become clear after doing the readings and attending Session 1.

All graduate students and postdocs are welcome. If you are working as a TA, this session counts toward voluntary paid training hours, provided that you are working as a TA in the term when the training takes place.