A technical report serves two functions. It provides the writer with an opportunity to stand back from the details, organize one's thoughts, and synthesize facts into knowledge. It also provides the readers with an opportunity to see how the writer is progressing with the task at hand. Like other tasks, report writing is an acquired skill. Those with little experience should consult a book on technical writing.
The length of the oral presentation (typically 15 to 20 minutes) should be decided in consultation with the Supervisor. The form of the report should be discussed with the supervisor. The report must include the following:
Note: Students must follow the proper format when writing their first-year report. Please refer to the Fomat for First Year Report document for additional details.
Prior to presenting the report, download the First Year Report evaluation form. Enter your information (section #1) and the names of your committee members (section #4). Afterwards, print the document and bring it with you to your presentation.