Purpose & audience
Before starting to write a report, there are two key questions that need to be clarified:
What is the purpose of the report? Is it to:
All of these reports are forms of a research report, but they fulfil different functions.
Although lecturers are the obvious audience for any assessment task, it is important to think of the task in more objective terms, ie to see it as a 'real' task, eg actually writing a consultant's report for a company. To help locate a report in a more realistic context, think carefully about all the potential readers of a report, and ask:
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