Study guide For a printer-friendly PDF version of this guide, click here This guide has been written to provide a general introduction to writing reports.
Give the main points of the research, the names of the authors, where they work and where the results were published. Why was it was carried out?
Give details of who the subjects were and how the data was gathered. Example Tired drivers as risky as drinkers Health correspondent Sleep-deprived drivers are less alert than those who have drunk more than the legal limit of alcohol, according to new research.
A study published today in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that fatigue can reach dangerous levels at a much earlier stage than has been assumed.
The authors, from Australia and New Zealand, tested responses of 39 volunteers after sleep deprivation and after drinking alcohol equivalent to the legal driving limit in Scandinavia.
They found that those who had been up since 6am performed worse in tests between The researchers suggest that countries which set drink-driving limits should consider setting restrictions to prevent people who have been awake for more than 18 hours from driving, piloting aircraft, or operating machinery.
The volunteers - lorry drivers and members of the transport corps of the Australian army - were put through tests to measure thinking speed and physical reactions, coordination and attention span.
They carried out the tests after a day and night of wakefulness and after drinking alcohol.
The researchers found that commonly experienced levels of sleep deprivation - staying awake for 17 to 19 hours - depressed performance in the same way as drinking a couple of glasses of alcohol.• the classic format of a briefing note, along with pointers on its content; • tips on how to write efficiently and effectively; • advice on how to plan the foundation of a briefing note to help avoid problems before they happen; and • an outline of the strategic concepts that may be involved in writing a briefing note.
Remember, any briefing note you write will only have the sections that are relevant to your purpose and audience. Issue (also Topic, Purpose): A concise statement of the issue, proposal or problem. This section should explain in one or two lines why the BN matters to the reader.
When you are asked to write a report you will usually be given a report brief which provides you with instructions and guidelines. The report brief may outline the purpose, audience and problem or issue that your report must address, together with any specific requirements for format or structure.
This summarises the main points of the research.
It will include the names of the researchers, where they work and where the main report is published. General background. This puts the research in the wider context by giving brief details of the subject and the state of present research. Purpose.
• the classic format of a briefing note, along with pointers on its content; In theory, you should first write a frame of reference, then develop the content, then select the medium, and finally prepare the briefing itself.
In practice, you for example, in (see also “. Briefing Paper Template Page 1 of 6 The briefing paper is designed to accommodate the following types of seminar: D.R., (). Evaluation and the improvement of academic learning. Journal of Higher Education, 54, Briefing Paper Template Page 6 of 6 EvidenceNet is a Higher Education Academy resource.