Communicating and Learning in Engineering Online Resources 1
Guidelines for Writing Reports in Engineering
Engineering Faculty, Monash University
Key features of reports
are designed for quick and easy communication of information
are designed for selective reading
use sections with numbered headings and subheadings
use figures and diagrams to convey data.
Basic Structure of a Report
A report usually has these components:
Table of Contents
Middle sections with numbered headings
1. Title page
The title page gives:
the course name and number, the department and university
the title of the report
the authors' names, and ID numbers
the date of submission
The Summary (~1/2 page) provides a brief overview of the substance of the report.
states the topic of the report
outlines the most important findings of your investigation
states the key conclusions.
The summary does NOT
• provide general information
explain why you are carrying out an investigation
refer to later diagrams or references.