OVERVIEW: Content and Structure 1
A laboratory report has a clear structure, and this is very helpful when you come to write your report. The stages in the report and their sequence have developed in this way to accurately re-tell or recount a scientific activity and to interpret the results of this activity. In this way scientific knowledge is developed out of scientific experimentation. In a short report, some of the stages are omitted, shortened or combined so that the most important parts of the report can be written and displayed in a smaller space, usually one side of an A4 page in length.
|STRUCTURE OF TRADITIONAL REPORT||STRUCTURE OF SHORT REPORT|
|Introduction||Introduction (aim and justification for experiment)|
|Methods||Study design (optional)|
|Results||Results (tables and/or figures only)|
|Discussion||Discussion and Conclusion|