BWC421 Business Report Writing

Regular tuition $295.00

The Business Report Writing course teaches the skills required to write clear, explicit business reports. It focuses on the structure critical to all reports, providing the basic knowledge any report writer can use for all types of business reports.

The course teaches all the best practices that result in clear, professional business reports, from deciding what should go into the report to preparing the final draft. The course includes five writing samples your instructor will evaluate, comment on, and use to coach you through 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 Time

You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.

Course Content

Plan the Report1. Set goals.
2. Know your readers.
3. Choose strategies based on the goals and readers.


Submit Report 1 for Evaluation and Coaching

Prepare Your Notes

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


Organize the Writing6. Have an organizational pattern in mind.
7. Use special organizational patterns for some messages.


Introduce the Content8. Write a clear, complete report introduction.
9. State the contents of the report.
10. State conclusions and recommendations in the introduction.


Present Explanations in Blocks11. 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.


Submit Report 2 for Evaluation and Coaching

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.


Submit Report 3 for Evaluation and Coaching

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 Impact30. Write a conclusion that achieves your goals.


Submit Report 4 for Evaluation and Coaching

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 Draft38. Use your spell checker and grammar checker.
39. Proofread.