A long report usually has the following sections:
This is an example long report template for you to copy to your word processor or print out. Then you can fill in your own details.
The Title; e.g. 'A Report on ....'
'An Investigation into...'
'An Analysis of ...'
'A Comparison of ... and ...'
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement of
If you are a HKPU student, your student number.
"I would like to thank my supervisor, Mr. _______, for the valuable advice and support he has given me in the writing of this report. I would also like to thank my teachers, Mrs. _______ and Mr. _______ for their encouragement and guidance. Thanks also to my typist, Ms. _______, for her immaculate job and her suggestions. My deepest thanks go to my wife/husband, for her/his love, understanding and support."
This study was to ______________________________
It was requested by ____________________________
It was requested on (date).
The investigation was done by ____________________
The main findings were that ______________________
It was concluded that __________________________
The recommendations are that _______should be ______
List of Figures
List of Tables
This report has been written because ....
It was requested by ...
It was requested on (date).
The objectives of this report are to ....
This report examines .... . It does not examine ..... because ...... .
The area of investigation has been commented on by Channel (1994), Hoey (1993), Halliday (1993) and Lesser (1979), who are in agreement that...
However, they have different opinions on ....
Due to the differences highlighted above, it was decided to investigate ....
3. Methodology (also called the 'Method' or 'Procedure')
___ respondents, chosen by the method of _____ were surveyed from (start date) to (end date). Of these, ______ were invited for interview on (date).
The statistics were analysed using a _______ test because .........
The significance of the results was __________
In general, the findings indicated that...
The major finding of the investigation was that...
In addition, ....
Surprisingly, ........ , which was an unexpected consequence of .....
The main conclusion that can be drawn is therefore that...
In the light of this, it is recommended that... (+ a general recommendation; e.g. that something needs to be changed. The detailed recommendations should go in the Recommendations section below.)
In the light of these conclusions, I recommend that _____ should be ____
In addition, a _______ could ______
To make suggestions and recommendations you should use 'could + infinitive verb' (if you are less sure), or 'should + infinitive verb' (if you are more sure). You could also use 'suggest + _ing' or 'suggest that + a subject noun (e.g. 'we') + a verb (e.g. 'could' + infinitive verb). Do NOT use 'suggest to'.
Appendix 1: Sample Survey Form
Appendix 2: Results of Statistical Analysis by ______
(Click here to find out more about references.)
Channel, J. (1994). Vague language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Halliday, M.A.K. (1993). Quantitative studies and probabilities in grammar. In Hoey, M. (Ed.) Data, description, discourse. London: HarperCollins, 1-25.
Hoey, M. (1993). Data, description, discourse. London: HarperCollins, 1-25.
Lesser, R. (1979). Linguistic investigations of aphasia. Studies in language disability and remediation 5. London: Edward Arnold.
Content and Organisation
Method / Methodology / Procedure
Findings and Discussion
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Last updated on: Monday, March 08, 2010.