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Sample report structures

 

 

Here are some exapmples of common report structures.

The highlighted bolded headings and subheadings show some of the differences between reports for different fields of practice or for different purposes.

Short report

  • Title page
  • Introduction
  • Discussion
  • Recommendations
  • References

Science report

  • Title page
  • Introduction
    • Aims/objectives
  • Method
    • materials
    • participants (for psychology or biological/sports sciences)
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • References

Business report

  • Title page
  • Executive summary
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Findings or observations
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices
  • References

Engineering report

  • Title page
  • Executive summary (optional)
  • Introduction
    • Aim/Objectives
  • Results
  • Analysis
  • Discussion
  • Recommendations & action plan
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • References

Research/project report

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method/methodology
  • Results/findings
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography

Short report

  • Title page
  • Introduction
  • Discussion
  • Recommendations
  • References

Science report

  • Title page
  • Introduction
    • Aims/objectives
  • Method
    • materials
    • participants (for psychology or biological/sports sciences)
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • References

Business report

  • Title page
  • Executive summary
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Findings or observations
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices
  • References

Engineering report

  • Title page
  • Executive summary (optional)
  • Introduction
    • Aim/Objectives
  • Results
  • Analysis
  • Discussion
  • Recommendations & action plan
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • References

Research/project report

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method/methodology
  • Results/findings
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography

Example of a student's report

This technical report was submitted by a university student. It is an excellent example of a report written by a student. 

Student sample technical report (PDF 137KB)