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									                              Research Report Writing


Research is authentic exploration of the unknown that leads to new knowledge which often warrants
publication. But whether or not the result of a research project is publishable, the project should be
communicated in the form of a research report written by the student. It is important to realize that
science depends on precise transmission of facts and ideas. Preparation of a comprehensive written
research report is an essential part of a valid research experience, and the student should be aware of
the requirement at the outset of the project. Interim report may also be required, usually at the
termination of the quarter or semester. Sufficient time should be allowed for satisfactory completion of
reports, taking into account that initial drafts should be critiqued by the faculty advisor and corrected by
the student at each stage.

Report writing is considered as a major component of the research study. The research task will be
incomplete, if the report has not been presented about the study conducted by the researcher. That
means the generalization or findings and conclusions made by the researcher must be complete. The
report should be well written. A lot of skills are required to design the format of the report.

Research is genuine exploration of the unknown that leads to new knowledge that often warrants
publication. But whether or not the results of a research project are publishable, the project should be
communicated in the form of a research report written by the student. It is important to realize that
science depends on precise transmission of facts and ideas. Preparation of a comprehensive written
research report is an essential part of a valid research experience, and the student should be aware of
this requirement at the outset of the project. Interim reports may also be required, usually at the
termination of the quarter or semester. Sufficient time should be allowed for satisfactory completion of
reports, taking into account that initial drafts should be critiqued by the faculty advisor and corrected by
the student at each stage.
Functions of Research Report.
       It serves as a means to place the problem, data analysis, findings and conclusion in an organized
        and permanent form. A systematic record of research will serve as an essential reference for
        future research along the related lines.
       The research report helps to know the quality of the work done by the researcher. The report is
        the manifestation of the researcher’s skill and presentation.
       The report helps the policy makers to take appropriate action and policy. It can be done only if
        the report is presented in an organized and systematic manner.




Need and Purpose
Reports could aim at different purposes and hence the form of the written report would vary according
to the situation. If it is important to identify the purpose of the report so that it can be tailored
accordingly. If the purpose is simply to offer details on some specific areas of the interest requested by a
manager, the report can be very narrowly focused and provide the desired information to the manger in
a brief format. On the other hand the report is intended to sell an idea to management then it has to be
more detailed and convincing as to how the proposed idea is an improvement and should be adopted.
Here the emphasis would be directed on presenting all the relevant information backed by the
necessary data to persuade the reader to buy into the idea.
An example of the purpose of such a report and its contents can be seen. A different form of report will
be prescribed in some cases where a manager asks for several alterative solutions or recommendations
to rectify a problem in a given situation. Hence the researcher provides the requested information and
the manager chooses from among the alternatives and makes the final decision.

								
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