online business report writing class

Writing Specialized Reports

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A course in best practices for business report writing.

The specifics may vary from one project to another, but the underlying principles and standards for business report writing are the same. This course identifies the specialized business reports specific to your field and teaches you to write clear, quality business reports using samples of your own writing as the study materials.

Course Highlights

  • Learn the best practices for writing the reports you write in your work
  • Learn how to write well-organized, clear, concise reports
  • Learn how to guide readers through your explanations
  • Receive extensive, helpful comments on your reports
  • Learn the best practices for writing informative, readable reports
  • Learn to choose the correct business vocabulary

Course Description

The five writing assignments of this course ask you to submit business report writing that is part of your work routine. Your instructor helps you apply the general skills of good business report writing to the specialized work you produce. You get detailed feedback on your reports and help revising them. The instructor coaches you through any skills you need to learn.

When You Complete This Course...

  • You will understand the basic principles of report writing and how to put them to use to solve the specific report writing challenges of your job.
  • You will write the business documents your company or agency requires that are well written, clear, well-organized, and concise.

How It Works

Work Online

When you enroll, we give you access to all the online lessons and training materials. Each lesson builds on the lessons that precede it. We offer clear explanations for every part of our training and plenty of real-world examples of how to apply the skills you are learning.

Set Your Own Pace

You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. You don’t have to be online with other students or perform activities at specific times.

Instructor Feedback

Your instructor evaluates all your work, coaches you through learning the skills, and gives you personalized feedback on what you are doing well and what still needs polish. You can contact your instructor at any time if you have questions about your training, business writing, or the English language.


When you finish the course within four months, you receive a graduation certificate.

Course Outline

Set goals.

Know your readers.

Choose strategies based on the goals and readers.

Exam 1

Write a clear, complete introduction.

State the contents of the report.

State conclusions and recommendations in the introduction.

Write the report in blocks.

Keep explanations of a subject together in one block.

Check each block for focus.

Check each block for completeness.

Open each block with a statement of the contents.

Use headings to open blocks.

Bold field or data names to identify them as blocks.

Exam 2

Create lists.

Open list blocks.

Mark the list items clearly.

Keep list items in a single list.

Keep list items in the same format.

Present information in tables when possible.

Have an organizational pattern in mind.

Use special organizational patterns for some reports.

Write to build conclusions in the reader's mind.

Write clear, complete, relevant explanations.

Use key words consistently.

Fully explain every new concept word or phrase.

Use full phrases to define words clearly.

Write a conclusion that achieves your goals.

Exam 3

Use paragraphs to organize information.

Write concisely.

Combine sentences to show relationships; separate sentences to make them clearer.

Write clear, simple, straightforward sentences.

Write strong, direct sentences.

Use words the reader will understand.

Write clearly and simply for non-technical readers.

Write synopses or executive summaries to help readers.

Use your spell checker and grammar checker.


Exam 4

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Dr. Hogan

Writing Coaching by Dr. Robert Hogan

Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies.

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Course Features

Course Materials: Online

Certificate upon Completion: Yes

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Letter of Recommendation: Yes

Lesson Count: 37

Practice Activities: 8

Exams: 4

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