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Writing Guide for Project and Term Reports –
Computer Engineering Department
Drafted by: Dr. Zubair A. Baig

A standard technical report written by an engineering student must include the following components: 1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Abstract – around 200 words
Introduction and Background
Technical Content (this section may have varying titles)
Experiments and Results
Conclusions
References
Template for Grading a Report
Suggested Grade
Distribution (out of 100)
Spelling and Grammar
Punctuation

2%

Structure and Organization

3%

Figures and Tables

3%

Formulae & Equations (Proper Use)

2%

Proper Use of References

Report Quality
&
Writing Skills

3%

2%

Proper Use of Appendices (If Applicable)

-

The Abstract
Problem description and motivation (Introduction)

10%

Objectives & Deliverables (Introduction)

8%

Project Management Plan
(Introduction)
Technical Content

2%

10%

Technical Content

20%

Experiments/Simulations

15%

Results and Discussion

15%

Conclusions

2%

Overall Quality of Engineering Documentation

3%

Structure and Organization
1. Consistent use of fonts for titles, sub-titles, chapters, sub-chapters, sections, sub-sections, to enhance the readability and understanding of the report.
2. Consistent and correct display of information in the Table of Content, List of Figures and the List of Tables.

The Abstract
1. Should not be longer than a single paragraph (2 paragraphs for a longer report).
2. Outlines the importance of what you have accomplished through the project or assignment. 3. Contains a summary of all work done.
4. Contains a summary of results obtained through experiments or simulation.
5. Try to write the abstract after the entire report is written.
6. Is a strong symbol of what will follow in the rest of the report (so work hard on writing a good one!).

The Introduction
1. Provides all the background information required for…...

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