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What is a report?

Students often ask the question "What is the difference between a report and an essay?" This short video is a brief overview of the main features of a report that has an expected structure that must be followed in academic writing.

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Writing a report

This tutorial clearly explains the main features of a report, focusing on the overall structure with model examples. It also highlights the differences between some reports as well as the differences between reports and essays.

Professional report writing

This tutorial will outline the requirements for writing a successful business report. It outlines report writing structure and organisation as well as the features of strong, effective business writing.

Professional report writing (Accessible version)

Assignment slammer

This short tutorial walks you through the process of preparing, planning and writing an assignment with quick links to the resources you can use at each stage.

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Student sample technical report (PDF 137KB)