Formal reports are common in technical fields, and are written for all sorts of reasons – everything from assessing the success or failure of a newly-implemented technology to preparing a formal comparative analysis to present a rationale for making a decision. For this option, you will be writing some form of research report for your workplace. A work-based report is likely to deal more particularly with your individual situations, and include things like:
a) Assessing a new technology for purchase – comparing it to current equipment, performing a cost-benefit analysis, etc.
Prefatory material – Letter of Transmittal, Executive Summary, Table of Contents, List of Illustrations – about 5 – 6 pages.
Introductory material – Purpose, Background, Scope, Methodology – about 3 – 5 pages.
Discussion/Analytical material – Individual discussion sections – about 7 – 10 pages.
End material – Conclusions, Recommendations, References page – about 3 pages.
Appended material – length varies, depending on whether any material has been appended or what type of information is included.