Health - report writing
We need a short formal report written up on an area related to health. (For example, smoking and the affects it has on health)
The writing style will be impersonal and formal. Must be approximately 1500 words and needs to by completed by the 5th of May.
The content must be original and referenced using the Harvard style referencing system.
Your report should include the following:
abstract/summary: This should be a short paragraph summarizing the main contents of the report. It should include a short statement of the main task, the methods used, conclusions reached and any recommendations to be made. The abstract or summary should be concise, informative and independent of the report.
Introduction: This should give the context and scope of the report and should include your terms of reference (terms of reference - this is a statement that indicates why you are undertaking the research, set by whom and with a brief outline of the time frame in which you anticipate it to be achieved and the report produced). State your objectives clearly, define the limits of the report, outline the method of enquiry, give a brief general background to the subject of the report and indicate the proposed development.
Methodology: In this section you will state how you carried out your enquiry. What form did your enquiry take? Did you carry out interviews, questionnaires, focus group studies or did you use another method to collect your data? How did you choose the subjects for your interviews, if appropriate? What measurements did you make? Present this information logically and concisely. You may find it relevant to have researched secondary data sources for your chosen topic which would enable you to test and measure your findings and the findings of other research conducted on your topic area, or the advice and guidance provided by advisory bodies for example.
Findings and discussion: Present your finding in a simple way as possible. The more complicated the information looks, the more difficult it will be to interpret. This is the section where you can analyse and interpret your results drawing from information which you have collected, explaining it's significance. Identify important issues and suggest explanations for your findings. This section will provide an opportunity to compare your findings with those of other studies.
Presenting your findings in tabular, graphic or chart form will be an asset and will aid your explanation of your findings. You will need to consider the limits of your research, including an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your methods. Outline any problems encountered and provide an indication of what you may do differently on another occasion.
Conclusions and recommendations: Summarize your research findings and draw out some key conclusions from your findings. The recommendations that you make should only be related to your findings,
Include references and a bibliography of any sources you have drawn upon.
An appendix will be required where you will include completed questionnaires/interview transcripts, etc. as appropriate or any other material used to gather research data.