Interim Report- Quick Guide
You should use the template provided on WebLearn, and the title page should be of a standard format.
The first section to appear, but probably the last to be written.
Call it either the summary, or abstract.
Encapsulates the whole report in about half a page.
The reader should be able to get an initial overview of the whole report, and therefore the whole project from just reading the summary.
Can be generated automatically by Word (See Writing Reports in Word for details)
All chapters, sections and subsections should be listed.
The first numbered chapter (1.)
Introduces the subject of the report (and in so doing the focus of the project) and the structure of the report.
Choose a suitable title for this chapter
This chapter shows your background research and reading around the subject.
The purpose of this chapter of the report is to show that you have a good grasp of the current state of the field, that you have done extensive reading around the subject in that area and are therefore competent and qualified to discuss the area in more detail later in the report.
This is the chapter which will contain the most references (See Writing Reports in Word for details). This section could easily contain 10 or more references- and don’t forget that it staff must instantly be able to tell what comes from each of these references and what is your own original work.
What you have done...
May be 1, 2, or even 3 chapters here.
Give the chapters appropriate titles (What I have done is descriptive, but not in the appropriate language for a formal report).
Follows on from ch 2 above.
Sets out problem
Considers a range of possible solutions
Discussion of optimal solution with reasons
Development of that solution
(This is a progress report so you may not have done all these yet. The most important thing is to say what you have actually done, not what you think we want to hear in an idealised world.)
Again, may be 1 or 2 chapters (given appropriate titles)
Review progress made so far, are you on target? Are you still keeping pace with your project plan? If so, good, if not develop a plan of action and redraft the project plan to ensure work will still be completed on time.
What still has to be done? Set out the remaining work, highlight any potential problems you see along the way, and what steps you will take to mitigate against them.
This is the end of the written part of the interim report but you also need to include:
List of references used earlier in the report.
All references identified in the text, use either IEEE (preferred in CT) or Harvard system, and be consistent.
Note: this is different from the: