BWC424 Writing Specialized Reports

Regular tuition $295.00

The Writing Specialized Reports course teaches the skills required to write clear, well-organized business reports of a special type. Most have content and formats prescribed by the organization. The five writing examinations in this course will ask you to submit a report you write as part of your normal work activities.Your instructor will help you apply the general skills of business report writing to the specialized reports you write. The instructor will write detailed notes in your reports, help you revise them, and coach you through any skills you need to learn.

The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.

Course Content

Plan the Report

1. Set goals.
2. Know your readers.
3. Choose strategies based on the goals and readers.

Submit an actual work report for the evaluation and coaching

Prepare Your Notes

4. Learn how to overcome writer's block.
5. Prepare notes for your report.

Organize the Writing

6. Have an organizational pattern in mind.
7. Use special organizational patterns for some messages.

Introduce the Content

8. Write a clear, complete report introduction.
9. State the contents of the report.
10. State conclusions and recommendations in the introduction.

Present Explanations in Blocks

11. Write the explanations in blocks.
12. Keep explanations of a subject together in one block.
13. Check each block for focus.
14. Check each block for completeness.
15. Open each block with a statement of the contents.
16. Use headings to open blocks.
17. Bold field or data names to identify them as blocks.

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Present Lists Clearly

18. Create lists.
19. Open list blocks.
20. Mark the list items clearly.
21. Keep list items in a single list.
22. Keep list items in the same format.
23. Present information in tables when possible.
24. Consider information blueprinting to be explicit.

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Write Clear, Complete Explanations

25. Write to build conclusions in the reader's mind.
26. For reports, write clear, complete, relevant explanations.
27. Use key words consistently.
28. Fully explain each new concept word or phrase.
29. Use full phrases to define words clearly.

Write Conclusions that Have Impact

30. Write a conclusion that achieves your goals.

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Write Clear, Effective Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words

31. Use paragraphs to organize information.
32. Write concisely.
33. Combine sentences to show relationships.
Separate sentences to make them clearer.
34. Write clear, simple, straightforward sentences.
35. Write strong, direct sentences.
36. Write clearly and simply for non-technical readers.
37. Use words the reader will understand.

Prepare a Polished, Correct Final Draft

38. Use your spell checker and grammar checker.
39. Proofread.

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