Paper must have at least 5 references (in addition to the textbook) from your research. Use the APA style guide for references and in-text citations. Do not use encyclopedias or dictionaries as your five main references. Support your claims with in-text citations and provide specific examples from emergency services.
Your report should include the following:
Title Section. The title page should include the title, your name, course title, and date. In a short report this may simply be the front cover. In a long one it could also include Terms of Reference, Table of Contents and so on. The title should also appear centered on the first page above the Executive Summary.
Executive Summary. Give clear and concise summary of the main points, main conclusions and main recommendations from the report. Keep it short: 150-200 words. Many people, especially senior managers, will only read the executive summary so it should read as a stand-alone document. Write it last, but do not copy and paste from the report. Don’t use jargon. Use plain English throughout paper. The Executive Summary replaces an abstract.
Introduction. States the problem and provides background information. Shows how the problem impacts the reader. Explains how the details that follow in the report are arranged in a sentence that lists the main points (sub-topics) in the paper.
A Main Body with descriptive sub-heads. This section includes the facts in your report. It will describe what you discovered about ‘the problem’ you introduce in your introduction. You can use jargon (and acronyms) where appropriate, but be sure they are defined. Use sub-heads to designate each sub-topic. Use numbers or bullets for lists.
Conclusions. The conclusion may include a discussion of findings. It should summarize the key points of your report by presenting the logical conclusions from your examination of ‘the problem.’ After reading the executive summary, many people will read the conclusion. The executive summary should not parrot your conclusion.
Recommendations. Recommendations suggest what should be done to resolve the critical issues you identify. Use point form if you have a list of recommendations. This is a separate section from the conclusions.
Appendices. Put the details that only specialists want to read in the appendices. If detail is essential to your argument, include it in the main body; if it only supports the argument, then put it in an appendix.
References. Use APA style guides for the references and in-text citations. For example, the reference for this material is: Atherton, T. (2005). How to format a business report. Ezine Articles. Retrieved from http://EzineArticles.com/96650