OVERVIEW: Content and Structure 1

A laboratory report has a clear structure, and this is very helpful when you come to write your report. The stages in the report and their sequence have developed in this way to accurately re-tell or recount a scientific activity and to interpret the results of this activity. In this way scientific knowledge is developed out of scientific experimentation. In a short report, some of the stages are omitted, shortened or combined so that the most important parts of the report can be written and displayed in a smaller space, usually one side of an A4 page in length.

STRUCTURE OF TRADITIONAL REPORT STRUCTURE OF SHORT REPORT
Title Title
Abstract -
Introduction Introduction (aim and justification for experiment)
Methods Study design (optional)
Results Results (tables and/or figures only)
- Legend
Discussion Discussion and Conclusion
Conclusion -
References -
Appendix (-ces) -