Chapter 9-3: The Technical Report
The format for a technical report can vary depending on the detail, but here is a general outline on what should be included when writing one. It is important to be organized and concise with your information.
Abstract / Summary
An overview of the main idea of the report without giving specific evidence or findings.
Outline or highlights of the report and the importance of the information given.
This is the most important part of the report since this is where all the evidence and information that supports the thesis will be.
Separate the information into different paragraphs and provide different headings for each paragraph.
A summary of the main ideas of the report.
Technical Report Outline
This outline of a technical report should help you with the content of your report.
The following report offers a sample miniature technical report designed to fit on one page of a workbook. Text length, level of language, documentation, and formatting style requirements for your course are probably different than those in the sample report. See your assignment instructions for further details.
The objective of this sample report is to offer you an opportunity to analyze the structure of a technical report. Structure remains the same regardless of text length, level of language, documentation, and formatting style.
An wise author prepares an outline before writing. Here is what the outline for the above sample technical report may have looked like: