The purpose of the two-component report is to indicate a topic and discuss it thoroughly, in an informative and persuasive manner. This includes identifying a solution, along with persuading the reader of the effectiveness of my proposal while still “protecting” myself by ensuring that what I are suggesting is reasonable and realistic. The structure of the two-component report includes front matter and discussions.
The front matter, which is composed of a title page and executive summary, is necessary for a variety of reasons. Since this is a professional and informative report, these elements function as an essential introduction to the work. The title page clearly states the basic information of the report, while the executive summary extracts crucial points of the report and organizes them for the ease of the reader. The front matter contributes to the purpose of the genre by providing a general informational basis for the rest of the report.
The discussion section includes an introduction, problem definition, objectives, solution, method, resources, schedule, qualifications, management, costs, and conclusion. The problem section discusses what the report is about, and what you propose to do. The problem definition highlights the necessity of the report itself and the potential advantages of following the report’s recommendations. The objectives identify the features of the solution, and the solution contains the proposed plan. The method/resources/schedule/qualifications/management ensure that the reader understands that the proposal includes a valid plan of action. The cost section assures the reader that the proposal will be cost effective and reasonable. The conclusion wraps up the proposal at the end. The discussion section contributes to the purpose of the genre by exploring the topic and proposal in depth, informing the reader of the necessities and persuading them about the effectiveness of your plan.
There is, of course, variability within this genre. Empirical research works to either help people make practical decisions, or to extend human knowledge. Feasibility research discusses changes and/or alternatives and if they are useful and necessary. A proposal research report identifies an offer and attempts to persuade the reader to accept it. These different types of reports have different focuses, but they are all united in that they ultimately identify a topic and discuss it thoroughly, persuasively, and informatively.