Project Report Writing

Short course: Project Report Writing

Duration: 10 days

Delivery location: UQ St Lucia Campus, Brisbane Australia

About the course

The Project Report Writing program, delivered by Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education at The University of Queensland (ICTE-UQ) and UQ International Development (UQID), is a course which introduces participants to key concepts of project report writing, including: financial, economic and policy concepts relevant to reporting in government agency contexts. The program is designed to enhance participants’ project report writing skills in the English language through a series of practical workshops. It aims further to provide participants with opportunities to compare project report formats utilised by Australian government agencies and to familiarise participants with key elements of project reports required by international donor agencies.

The course is delivered via a series of input sessions and practical workshops supported by guest speakers with real world experience in public policy and in reporting outcomes to Government, community stakeholders, and international donor agencies. During the course, participants will be engaged in a wide range of practical activities which will develop their project report writing skills for application in their own work contexts.

Lessons will be delivered in 10 full days training (2 weeks).

Course content

The program includes three input sessions, three workshops, six facilitated writing project sessions, four expert guest speakers and two site visits. The content for each will include:

A. Project Report Writing Input Sessions:

  • The importance of developing professional reports for stakeholders
  • General structures and components of written reports
  • Achieving coherence and cohesion in project report writing
  • Time management in project report preparation
  • Best and Worst Examples of Government Reports: Coherence, Readability and Structure
  • Accuracy (clarity) of meaning and language
  • Appropriate project report writing styles
  • Writing styles for different audiences
  • IT Skills - Creation and maintenance of lengthy documents
  • IT Skills - Using styles to format documents
  • IT Skills - Create an automatic table of contents
  • Project Reports – Preparing Status/Progress Reports: project tracking, scope definition, and project schedule and deliverables
  • Proofreading and editing reports
  • Presentation of project work
  • General research methods

B. Project Report Writing Workshops:

  • Integrity, referencing and unintentional plagiarism
  • Practice of language and skills
  • Computer Skills – using styles for formatting & creating automatic Table of Contents

C. Report Writing Project:

  • Working on writing a draft project report
  • Feedback from peers and course leaders throughout the program
  • Opportunities for self-editing
  • Opportunities for peer editing
  • Submission of the final project report at the end of the two week program
  • Course Leader feedback on the final document.

D. Guest speaker topics:

  • Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Integrating research sources into Project Report writing
  • Project Report writing for government agencies: how to engage key stakeholders, including internal reporting for government and external reporting for public release
  • Project Report writing for international organisations (donor agencies), including monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • Financial, economic and policy concepts relevant to reporting in a government context
  • Measuring and reporting on policy and financial outcomes.

E. Institutional visits:

  • Two institutional visits (usually to Australian Government agencies), relevant to the work contexts of the participants with a focus on project report writing and identification of key stakeholders.

Contact

This course is available to be run on demand, subject to sufficient enrolments. For enquiries please contact Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller, Manager Indonesia and Southeast Asia, UQ International Development.