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Cover page / Title page

Executive Summary

  • BG + Purpose statement
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendation




List of Illustrations

List of Tables

1. Introduction

  • Attention grabbing item
  • Context / General background
  • Problem statement
  • Purpose statement
  • Scope & limitations
  • Preview/overview (including conclusion)

2. Methodology

  • method
  • logic underlying the method (the ‘-ology’ in methodology)


Could cover several chapters; alternative chapter titles are Results, Data, Analysis, Discussion, or subject-specific title headings

5. Conclusion

  • Summary of the main findings
  • paraphrase of the thesis statement = conclusion in the narrow sense of the word

6. Recommendations

Should be inspired by SMART criteria:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound


Using APA-style

(laid out according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association)

Appendix A

(if relevant)

Appendix B

(if relevant)

Appendix C

(if relevant)


(optional in long, print-only reports)