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Format and Substance of a Completion Report

As we have indicated, completion reports are written for special purposes—purposes that go beyond the conduct of everyday business—and they therefore require some special treatment. The quality of the production is dependent on several factors: time, costs, and, of course, purposes for which the reports are written. They are often specially printed, complete with four-color graphics and illustrations, and then bound. The binding can range from three-hole ring binding to sewn book binding; again, the method of binding is dependent on resources and on the purpose of the report.

Although the four points in rhetorical problem solving—purpose, audience, context, and ethical stance—are the most important elements to consider in any technical and professional writing, different formats are helpful to define and organize those rhetorical elements. We suggest two generic formats for completion reports; these elements can be used in the absence of formats supplied or required by those who have called for the reports. The first format would be appropriate for a report written for private agencies, government, or industry—a nonacademic audience; the second, for an academic, research-oriented audience. (See Figure 7.4.)


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