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Report Exercises

Report Exercises

  1. Find 2 to 3 reports of the same type (e.g., progress/status, analytical/empirical, feasibility/recommendation, etc.) specific to your field of study. Review the reports and address the following questions:Identify the purpose of each document. What did you see in the report to suggest this purpose?
    • Identify at least two target audiences. What did you see in the report suggest these audiences?
    • Identify at least five design choices made by the author. How do these choices meet the needs of the audience? How do they contribute to the achievement of the report’s purpose?
    • Compare the documents (similarities and differences) taking into consideration your PAD analysis of each report. What have you learned about creating the type of report you analyzed?
  2. Have you and/or your friends/family been involved in or witnessed some kind of irregular situation? Sure you have. Maybe you got stuck in the elevators in Cooper Hall (if you haven’t, you will), or you closed your shirt in the car door with the keys locked inside (who does that?). Or maybe you gave your phone to one of your friends when you were out with a group, and, in the morning, you couldn’t remember which one of your friends had your phone, and couldn’t text any of them anyway (#neverhappened). All these are examples of incidents. Think of an incident you or “someone you know” experienced or witnessed, and write it up in an incident report.

Address the following questions in your report:

    • What happened?
    • Why it happened?
    • When did it happen?
    • How was it resolved?
    • Who was involved?

Make sure that you research formats (and forms) for incident reports and design an effective, appropriate, and consistent format for the report.


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