Chapter 17 Discusses Something Known As An Informational Report?

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Chapter 17. Writing Informational Reports

1. Chapter 17 discusses something known as an informational report. An informational report “informs or instructs and presents details of events, activities, individuals, or conditions without analysis” (“Report,” n.d.) as the University of Minnesota notes in an online module. The common goals of these reports is to explain why or how something in particular happens, as the textbook notes. Taking many forms, informational reports are a large part of technical communication.

2. Informational reports take many forms, but the textbook notes five basic formats they are found in. The first are directives, which explain “a policy or procedure you want your readers to follow.” Secondly are field reports, which “describe inspections, maintenance, and site studies” of things observed in the field. Next are progress reports, which “describe ongoing projects,” and status reports, which describe the entire range of operations of a department, division, etc.” Finally, there are incident reports, which “describe events such as workplace accidents, health or safety emergencies, and/or equipment problems” (Markel, 2012).

3. Directives
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Question 12 asks which of the given ways is best for a pharmaceutical company to prepare its progress report of a new drug in. The answer is C, by task, as the University of Toronto’s Engineering Communication program lists on their website, “The original proposal for the project determines the structure [of the report]: make use of original milestones or the timeline” (“Progress/Interim Reports,” 2016), which in this case the logical choice would be task oriented organization. It is not A, as the information given states it is already structured as monthly, and further organization by time is not needed. It is not B either, as this is a progress report not a status report. Finally, it is not D either, as nothing about the budget is mentioned and budget is not usually used to

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