Formal Technical Report Writing Guide

Guide to Writing Formal Technical Reports

Written By: A. Misseri
Edited By: S. Noris (Oct. 2004)
Subsequent edits by: D. Poirier (2007 - present)

A Note To The Reader:

This site provides a general framework for writing CHEE formal technical reports. The Guide presents commonly used, widely accepted formats that will provide you with a starting point for your laboratory project reports. It is also meant to help maintain consistent report formatting among the laboratory project courses within the department..

The Information in this guide is provided predominately in the same order as the sections in a formal technical report:

Table of Contents

  1. Technical Memorandum (not required for CHEE 218 or CHEE 420 reports)
  2. Title Page
  3. Abstract
  4. Table of Contents, List of Figures, List of Tables
  5. Introduction
  6. Experimental
  7. Results and Discussion
  8. Conclusions/Recommendations
  9. References
  10. Appendices
  11. Figures and Plots
  12. Tables
  13. Important Miscellaneous Requirements

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