This is a large project that covers many important skills that programs across the country continually value as integral for the education of future technical and professional communicators. First, this assignment requires that students write in the genre of a report and provides two choices: a feasibility report or a proposal/recommendation report. Additionally, this project is designed to be a collaborative assignment, one where students must figure out the best division of labor and teamwork strategies to help them complete their task. Finally, this project also contains a public speaking component by asking that student teams present their findings in a visually engaging demonstration. In these ways, the Collaborative Report Project serves as a cumulative assessment of the many learning objectives set forth at the beginning of the term.
The following resources are intended to serve as a guide for instructors to familiarize themselves with the overall structure of professional reports and the purposes of individual sections within those reports. Many of these resources are extremely prescriptive, some are contradictory, and none can cover the full breadth of reports one would see in a typical field. This list is not intended to be shared with students.
If you are new to teaching long reports, referring to professional examples can be extremely helpful. This is a sample feasibility report from the University of South Florida regarding the viability of building a new stadium. This can be used for instructor reference or as a way to discuss with students how reports look in the workplace.