Report Paper

  • You can write any of the following reports:
    1. Proposal–is created to offer a product or service to a buyer or client
    2. Justification/recommendation–is created to generate change or justify a need. This type of report varies greatly in terms of topic and is most often used in business
    3. Feasibility–second in popularity is the feasibility report where you determine if something is reasonable or prudent to change
    4. Informational–is used to deliver information to your audience. Think “research” paper on steroids.  You want to educate your receiver on a subject while considering how it relates to the success of a business and offer recommendations on how to proceed.
  • A successful report includes three main parts–the bolded items MUST be headers in your report:
    1. Introduction with the problem—discusses the current situation and clearly states the problem or need for change
    2. Purpose (which can include benefits)—presents goal and importance of your report. This section can also stress the benefits that influenced your decision to write on this issue
    3. Conclusion (which can include recommendations)—brief statement summarizing your report and extending goodwill to the recipient
  • Outside sources— must use two outside sources for your report, but they must augment, not be the focus of, the report.
    1. A good outside source helps you explain some of the details of your report, but the outside sources are only there in a supporting capacity, and your report should make sense even without the outside sources. Your report will be graded in part on how well you analyze a problem and propose to solve it, and excessive reliance on outside sources will have a deleterious effect on your grade.   Additionally, these outside sources must be scholarly in nature–a peer reviewed journal, book, etc …. You may use additional and “popular” sources, but two must be scholarly
    2. MLA Reference
    3. To successfully cite a Paraphrased quote, remember the following: Any wording you use that is not your own or ANY idea that is not your own, MUST be cited.  The latter refers to Intellectual Property.
  • MLA and plagiarism
    1. you MUST give credit for ideas, statistics, dates, or any other information you use that did not come from your brain.
    2. your opinion/analysis does not need to be cited, but if you read a 10-page article and explain your proposal in terms of that author’s thesis, you must cite that author as a contributing source.
    3. Likewise, if you learn from an article that nylon was invented in 1935, you must give credit to the article where you read that.
  • Length
    1. your report MUST be least 5 full pages in length, single-spaced with 1″ margins all the way around and using 12 point or smaller type.




Oral Presentation and PowerPoint(same topic)

Please be sure to do the following:

  1. Know the purpose of your presentation–what do you want to accomplish?
  2. Know your audience and how to best deliver your message/presentation. What will work for them?  Turn them on or off? Like writing, considering your receiver is crucial for success.
  3. Create a presentation that is well organized, clear and interesting to listen to. Remember, the topic can be dull, but you can always be dynamic and interesting!
  • Create a PowerPoint for the report presentation, it can include charts, pictures, and videos.
  • Please write a speech draft of the presentation.





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