Course Title: Write reports

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6069 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Title: Write reports

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2011,
Term2 2012

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit covers writing technical or non-technical reports that include some level of analysis and/or research.

Application of the competency:
The term report is used to denote any required written communication that goes beyond a simple recording of facts (such as completion of a pro forma shift production schedule) and which is based on a level of analysis and/or research.
Where reports include technical information or details, then the writer would have the required technical knowledge/capability.
Conclusions and/or recommendations where required are based on prior research or analysis of data. The analysis and conclusions should be consistent with the level of skill and knowledge of an employee working at that level. Simple analysis and research would be required.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Path 1
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MEM16010A Write reports


1. Identify report requirements

2. Prepare and produce report

3. Finalise and distribute report

Learning Outcomes


Required Skills:

Evidence that confirms skills in:
• reading, interpreting and following information on
written job instructions, specifications, standard
operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other
applicable reference documents
• following instructions
• checking and clarifying information
• sorting information/data
• assessing information/data for relevance
• using terminology and language appropriate to the target
• structuring and writing reports
• applying principles of report writing
• presenting findings and conclusions based on factual
• making recommendations
• managing own time
• planning and sequencing information
• reviewing and editing

Required Knowledge:

Evidence that confirms knowledge of:
• principles of report writing
• report types and purposes, structure, style and parts of a report
• use of language and expression in reports
• common pitfalls, such as ambiguity, truisms, tautology, verbosity, circumlocution etc.
• report numbering systems
• techniques for reviewing and editing
• importance and benefits of preparing reports appropriate for the intended audience
• referencing and the importance of acknowledging sources
• safe work practices and procedures

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons;
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Wriitten Reports submitted. 
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.