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Report Writing

Report Writing

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ECF5600 Report Writing
Presenter: Diane Click to edit Master subtitle style Bunney

Learning Skills Advisor School of Accounting, Finance and Economics Room: Jo 2.351 Email: d.bunney@ecu.edu.au

500 report must be professionally presented and follow the directions provided in the unit plan 22  The  The  The .5/4/12 Your ASSIGNMENT  You are required to produce a business report on a company or industry of your choice report is a group effort and all members are expected to contribute word limit is 2.

Preparing you for THE real world of economics 5/4/12 33 .

3.Step by step approach to your case study 1. select the most useful and reliable information Discuss the economic theories you have learnt and apply them to your business or industry Critically evaluate the strategies used 44 by the company or industry 2. 5/4/12 Research your chosen company or industry extensively – target multiple sources of information Share with your group. . 4.

5/4/12 Planning your report  Meet with your group and agree on a an outline for the report sections to group members plan  Write  Allocate  Set deadlines for drafts  Arrange  Rewrite a meet to critically evaluate and edit report drafts report draft final draft and submit 55  Proofread .

66  Executive  Introduction  Analysis . issues.5/4/12 Report structure  Title page of Contents  Table  List of Appendices – tables. reports. graphs etc Summary – overview of entire report –purpose of report and background information – discussion of data.

5/4/12 Report format Include the following in your report:  Separate  Separate Title page Table of Contents page headings and sub-headings  Numbered  Clearly  Page identifiable paragraphs footers and page numbers  Professional presentation – consistent font. formatting etc 77 .

5/4/12 Appropriate language  Use  Be formal business English clear and concise – aim for quality v quantity impersonal English . ‘we’.. however. furthermore. ‘you’..avoid personal pronouns ‘I’. consequently 88  Use  Use . not ‘We think.’ but ‘It seems that’ transitions to link ideas – therefore. conversely.

5/4/12 Paragraphs 99 .

5/4/12 Linking ideas  Paragraphs  Within follow a logical order. . sentences are linked by transition signals to show the connection between ideas paragraphs are linked by transition signals to show the connection between paragraphs 1010  Similarly. creating a cohesive line of argument paragraphs.

5/4/12 Transition signals  Transition signals are verbal signposts which show the reader the links between your ideas direct the flow of thought in the essay and help the reader follow the line of argument signals add cohesion and fluency to your writing to the next few slides for examples of transition signals 1111  They  Transition  Refer .

on the contrary 1212 Writing about a series of points:  firstly.5/4/12 Making connections Adding to a point already made:  moreover. lastly. in fact. furthermore. next. finally rather. conversely. similarly… to begin with. in addition. in addition. besides. secondly. . on the other hand. Introducing a different view:  alternatively. another.

especially. to conclude. to sum up. in particular accordingly. overall. notably. for this reason. as follows. consequently.5/4/12 More on connections Introducing examples:  for example. Summing up or concluding:  in . in all 1313 Indicating cause and effect:  therefore. hence short. including. in brief. in conclusion. as a result.

5/4/12 Writing process 1414 .

examples – direct and indirect quotes 1515  Structure  paragraphs. order of conclusion – research.  Evidence  References . cohesion  and logical flow of ideas – introduction.5/4/12 Proofreading Checklist Check for:  Meaning – clear line of argument.

lecture notes.5/4/12 Referencing  You must correctly reference your text book. websites and any other sources referred to in your report in-text referencing in the body of the report and end-text referencing at the end referencing is used for direct or indirect quotes referencing refers to a list of all sources referred to in your work 1616  Use  In-text  End-text .

easy to read and understand – convincing line of reasoning – flows well data referenced 1717  Logical  Cohesive  Accurate  Properly . font.5/4/12 Tips for winning reports  Clear  Good  Well structure – appropriate headings looking – format. presentation written – appropriate language.

H. Murphy. 1818 . Cotesta. (2nd ed) Sydney.. A Handbook for Accountants. J. 8th edn..M. New Jersey. M. (2005)..5/4/12 References Crosling. G. Sands. (2009) Effective Writing . May C & G. V. LexisNexis Butterworths. Writing and presenting in accounting. Pearson Prentice Hall. P.

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