2Why Do I Need to Know This? In any career, you will be asked at some point to brief your manager on your activities. This can be done face to face, or by providing your superior with an activity report.You need to know how to write one in the event you are asked to account for your time and activities.
3The Goal of Activity Reports The goal of any activity report is to objectively inform readers about what happened, what is happening, and what will happen in the near future.
4Types of Activity Reports Progress Reports: Also called status reports, are used to inform management about the progress or status of a project. Also used to keep management informed about you or your team’s activities.
5Progress Report-Features of the Form A typical progress report contains a summary of completed activities (what you did), a discussion of ongoing activities (what you’re doing), and a forecast of future activities (what is to come).
6Briefings & White Papers Briefings & White Papers are used to inform management or clients about an important issue. Briefings are presented verbally, or can be written out as briefs. White papers are provided in print.Even in briefings and white papers, you provide a summary of the facts, a discussion of the importance of the facts, and a forecast about the importance of these facts in the future.
7Briefings and White Papers Briefings and white papers do not advocate for any specific side or course of action.Facts are presented in a straightforward way and offer an objective assessment of what those facts mean.
8Incident ReportsIncident reports describe an event, accident, or irregular occurrence.Incident reports present the facts as objectively as possible.They provide a summary of what happened; a discussion of why it happened, a description of how the situation was handled, and a discussion of how the problem will be handled in the future.
9Laboratory ReportsLaboratory reports describe experiments, tests, or inspections. Lab reports include a summary of the experiment, a presentation of the results, and a discussion of the results.
10HOW DO WE BEGIN?Begin by writing the 5W-1H memo and answering the questions in one paragraph.Who might read or use this activity report? (Who is my audience?)Why do they want the report?What information do they need to know?Where will the report be used?When will the report be used?How might the report be used?Note: You will answer the above questions in a paragraph. Also note that although your memo will be addressed to the instructor—the instructor is NOT necessarily your audience for the activity report. You must decide for whom your activity report is being written.
11MISSION Research “white papers” on the Internet. Think of a topic or problem that interests you, perhaps something related to your field of study.Write a memo to me wherein you ask permission to write a white paper on that topic.Make sure your memo provides an introduction to the issue, a statement of the importance of the issue, and a statement as to why this issue will be important in the future.
12MISSION CONT’D.Post your memo to the Discussion Board on Angel by 10/10/13 beginning of class.You will be advised whether your white paper topic has been approved.First draft of your white paper will be due 10/24/13.You will also give a presentation to the class wherein you brief us on your topic. Briefings will take place 10/22 and 10/24.Note: Although there is no page requirement, I anticipate that your white paper will be a minimum of 5 single-spaced pages minimum.