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Report Writing at University

Explore the structure, content and purpose of different types of academic reports.

  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    7 hours

Learn how to present your work for the best results

This online English course takes you through the features of various methods of presenting your work in order to enable you to shine.

You will then focus on report writing, analysing the structure of a report in detail and identifying the features of each section. You will explore the language used to communicate results, present data and discuss findings.

What topics will you cover?

  • Examination of genres of academic writing
  • In-depth review of reports and report structure
  • Features of a successful report
  • Language for presenting results, data and conclusions
  • Disciplinary differences (success in your subject)

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify common report structures
  • Identify strategies and tools for presenting data in a report
  • Apply appropriate language to effectively make recommendations in a report
  • Employ language to effectively describe and interpret results in a report
  • Produce a report abstract which effectively summarises the content and structure of that report

Who is the course for?

This course is for students on the Coventry University pre-sessional English award. It is relevant for students who will be continuing their studies online and on-campus.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you will need access to a computer or laptop with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Who will you learn with?

I have taught English as a Foreign Language for more than thirty years in Egypt, Japan and at universities in the UK. I am now Director of Pre-sessional English Courses at Coventry University.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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