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Technical Report Writing Guidelines

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This document specifies the recommended format to be used when submitting a formal technical report in a variety of disciplines and purposes. Also, this manual can be used as a guide to compose less formal reports, such as lab reports, that may consist of a subset of the items presented here.  It is a useful general guide from which faculty can specify the particular requirements for reports in their courses.

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Introduction

The Formal Technical Report

Universal Report-Writing Considerations

Standard Components of a Formal Technical Report

Title Page

Abstract

Table of Contents

Introduction

Background Theory

Design

Theoretical Analysis

Procedure

Results and Discussion

Conclusion

References

Appendix

Why You Should Know How a Reader in Industry Peruses a Technical Report

Questions to Ask Yourself Prior to Submitting Any Report

Conclusion

APPENDIX A: “How To” Guide on References and Citations

APPENDIX B: Page Numbering and Table of Contents using MS Word

APPENDIX C: Writing Tips for Discussing Results

Percent Difference/Error

Significance of Difference

Writing Discussion Based on Questions

Guidelines for Graphs

Considerations for Technical Responses