Blog Post #9

       The purpose of a two-component report is to structure a solution to an organizational problem. This could be a low-level problem, or a terribly harmful problem that has to do with the structure of the organization. Basically, a two component is split between a front matter and a discussion section. A front matter is encapsulated by an executive summary and a title page. The Executive Summary must include a statement of the problem, a statement of research methods, and your major conclusions and/or recommendations. The title page is self-explanatory.

       There is also the discussion section. The Discussion section must be a well-organized presentation and interpretation of information in support of the conclusions and recommendations put forth in the first half of the report. The major conclusion of the discussion section will report on the organization of your paper. The typical format goes something like this: intro, evaluation, alternatives, methods, conclusion, and recommendations. This gives the reader a solidified view of all the material that was covered. Another big aspect of this section is that it lays out the problem and solution to each step.

Blog Post #8

The purpose of a progress report is to provide a recap to all the work you have done on a project. It is for the benefit of you, and the person you are sending it to. You get to look back at what you’ve done so far, and what you can improve. You can analyze your progress from a vantage point you may not have considered when deep in work on it. Obviously, there is also the benefit that the person you are writing the progress report for gets to see your mind in action and how you perceive the work you have done so far.

One element that contributes to these goals is a list. A list is able to concisely show the reader a series of actions that were taken to achieve completion of the task. This also makes a progress report easy to read. But lists only provide certain info, sometimes other means are necessary.

Another thing that enhances a progress report is visuals. Visuals and images are paramount to a progress report because they allow for easier ways to view “progress” hence the name. For example, if I were talking about how I was only done with half of one section, and three fourths of another section, I could make a graph of this to visualize it. That way the professor has a clear picture of what progress I am making.