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Imsimbi Training proudly presents

Scientific Report Writing  – 3 Days

 

Imsimbi Training is a fully accredited training provider with the Services Seta, number 2147,  as well as a Level 2 Contributor BBBEE company.

 

This course is accredited by the Services Seta and material covers unit standards 12153 and 110023 at NQF level 4 worth 11 credits.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

When you have completed this course you will be able to define the key concepts associated with Scientific Report Writing and you will be able to: Identify the main obstacles to effective communication within Scientific Report Writing and how to avoid these; Understand the nature of a Scientific Report, practice your writing skills and receive feedback on these; Learn to write from the perspective of the writer and the reader.

COURSE OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course, the participants should:

  • Identify the intended audience for the communication
  • Formulate appropriate report structures in accordance with best practice and criteria
  • Understand and implement the correct use of data and statistics as justification of discussion and /or premises
  • Understand and effectively use correct scientific method in writing of a report
  • Avoid all the pitfalls of ineffective empirical justification for findings (e.g. bias, replication and syllogism)
  • Construct the most effective premises for the main assertion
  • Construct effective executive summaries
  • Conclude and recommend effectively
  • Write succinct, well – structured introductions
  • Develop foci, titles and abstracts for scientific reports
  • Apply the best formats and practices for a professional presentation
  • Check reliability and credibility of data used by making an evaluative judgment after comparing ideas presented in a text with external criteria from other written or oral sources and own experience and knowledge
  • Use textual features and conventions specific to business texts for effective writing.
  • Relating the purpose, content, form, frequency and recipients of a range of scientific reports to the information needs of a selected business
  • Identifying information sources and organisational procedures for obtaining and distributing information relevant to a selected business function.
  • Compiling scientific reports related to a selected business function, ensuring content and format are appropriate to information requirements and that reporting deadlines are met
  • Liaising with relevant parties and verifying that reported information is in accordance with requirements and purpose of the report.
  • Present a written text for a particular function in a business environment

COURSE OUTLINE

Scientific reports require a thorough understanding of communication skills:

  • Detailing barriers to good communication
  • understanding the fundamentals of good sentence and paragraph construction
  • Providing appropriate reporting formats

Understand processes and techniques for Scientific Report Writing

  • Stages of report production
  • Use techniques to build an effective process that results in professional Reports
  • Recognise the benefits of having an effective Report Writing process in the Organization

The value of  formatting scientific reports appropriately:

  • Table of contents
  • Structuring the report
  • Reference materials that form part of the knowledge bank of the organization
  • Documentary evidence of investigation or validation of products and processes

Scientific Report Writing should have:

  • A sound methodology
  • Reliable Data collection and Analysis
  • A sound understanding of quantitative and qualitative research
  • Analysis and weighting of data

Apply total quality principles to writing Reports

  • Quality is conformance to requirements
  • Common errors to avoid – Summarising data in tables
  • Using a checklist so as to – ‘do it right first time’

Information Mapping

    Information mapping is designed to allow the information to be presented in its most useful format
  • Analysis
    • Key areas – purpose, audience needs, information types
  • Organization
    • To create an overall structure based on results of the analysis
  • Presentation
    • To format the information to make it accessible to the intended audience; this involves some translation

There are five levels of report writing processes

  • Level 4: Managed and sustainable
    • A robust process is in place and managed
  • Level 3: Organized and repeatable
    • A sound process is in place and is being refined – training is on-going
  • Level 2: Rudimentary
    • A process is taking place but not always enforced
  • Level 1: Ad hoc
    • Little or no coordination of report writing
  • Level 0: Oblivious
    • Reports are written by whoever has time

Evaluation reports

  • Translation leads to:
    • Increased knowledge
    • Increased understanding
    • Increased usefulness

COURSE CONTENTS

  • Communication principles
  • Scientific report Writing
  • Writing Style- Concise Sentences
  • Writing good paragraphs
  • Report Formatting
  • Scientific Report Writing Process
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Quantitative or Qualitative research methods
  • Analyse and weight data
  • Findings and recommendations
  • Importance of graphics
  • Presentation of research conclusions
  • Determining the report format
  • Checklist for editing reports
  • Evaluation of Reports

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