Final Report Guidelines

Use the Report Template to get started

Executive Summary

This is an extended abstract of 1-2 pages and can include figures. The general public should be able to read this and get an understanding to the background, project objective, design solution, and overall success of the project . The Executive Summary is a stand-alone document that a team member should be able to show during a job interview or "busy executive".  

The Executive Summary should be printed and posted as a separate document and also be included in the Final Report. The same figures can appear in both the Executive Summary and Final Report.

Final Report

The final report is a comprehensive document that describes the details of the project. The report should be written in a professional manner, and is a significant component of the 156B course grade.

Examples of high quality final reports:

Final Report Sections

Week 2 Deliverables

By Midnight Friday of Second Week, please upload the draft of the following sections:

Project Description

Week 3 Deliverables

Update on prior draft and by Midnight Friday of Third Week, please upload the following section:

* demonstrate an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors 

** demonstrate an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts 

Week 4 Deliverables

Update on prior draft and by Midnight Friday of Fourth Week, please upload the following section:

Week 5 Draft I

All portions of the draft should have some material in them, with many of them over 50% completed. Also Include the Executive Summary.

Week 8 Draft II

Report should be 90% complete. Feedback from TA and instructor from Draft I should be incorporated. This draft will be reviewed by another team in the class.

Go over the report during your next meeting with the sponsor. Ask if there is any additional material they would like to be incorporated.

Week 10 Final Report

The final report should be handed to the sponsor during the final presentation. Ask the sponsor to review the report and webpage for completeness.

The instructor will start grading reports after Friday of week 10. Last minute changes can be made to the report up to the poster session, but these changes should be noted so the instructor does not have to reread the complete report.

Grading Guidelines

Reference Material for Technical Writing

Common Mistakes