Training Courses for Report Writing from Activia

Professional Report Writing

A 1-Day Training Course

Course Content

Course Aims

This intensive, practical, one-day course looks at the various aspects of both planning and writing professional reports. By looking at the anticipated audience, the course focuses on how to prepare reports that will match up to, and exceed, the expectations of the reader.

It will teach you to plan, design and write a structured report, ensuring that only suitable content is included, and that the argument provided is logical and provides suitable calls to action.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for anybody that either anticipates having to write reports in the future, or is already having to produce reports and is looking to improve.

Delegates may find that they are operating within 3 main spheres, namely the academic environment, a commercial environment, or one that aims for various reasons at influencing policymakers, such as lobbyists.

Course Outline
This course is a 1-day training course structured into 8 modules.
Module 1
Introduction and Course Overview
Module 2
What is a Report?
Learning outcomes
To clearly define what a report is, and to list the key aspects that define a report
Topics covered
  • The Definition of a Report
  • 9 Key Aspects of a Report
  • Module 3
    How to Structure a Report Professionally
    Learning outcomes
    To outline the structure that a professional report should be built around, and the appropriate order of appearance
    Topics covered
  • An Abstract or Executive Summary
  • A Table of Contents
  • The Introduction
  • A Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Summary
  • Module 4
    What Makes a Good Report
    Learning outcomes
    To list the essential criteria that make up a good report, based on reader expectations
    Topics covered
  • Objectivity
  • Accuracy
  • Directness
  • Criticality
  • Appropriateness
  • Sound Logic
  • On Time!
  • Module 5
    5 Common Complaints about Reports
    Learning outcomes
    To investigate the 5 most common causes of complaints about reports, and how to avoid making them
    Topics covered
  • Not answering the brief
  • Poor Structure
  • Inadequate Content
  • Wrong Kind of Results
  • Unnecessary Use of Jargon
  • Module 6
    A Checklist for Successful Reports
    Learning outcomes
    To provide a checklist to use before submitting a report to ensure it is of a good quality
    Topics covered
  • Does the report answer the original brief?
  • Does the report answer the needs of the reader?
  • Is the material presented in relevant and logical sections?
  • Is everything correctly and clearly labelled?
  • Are all graphs and tables explained properly?
  • Does all content relate to the stated objectives?
  • Is the report jargon free?
  • Have you proof read the report before submitting?
  • Module 7
    How to Plan Your Report
    Learning outcomes
    To provide a step by step guide to producing good quality reports that will be well received
    Topics covered
  • Fully understanding the brief
  • Visualising who the reader will be
  • Creating the structure of the report
  • Obtaining or producing the data
  • Analysing the data and information
  • Arriving at a conclusion, with a call to action
  • Writing the report
  • Using the checklist to appraise and edit the report
  • Submitting the report
  • Module 8
    Your Personal Action Plan

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