1. What are project reports?
A project report is a means to present your investigation by undertaking a comprehensive literature search, collecting relevant data and applying suitable methods to test theories or hypotheses. It also involves analyzing and evaluating possible factors which contribute to the observed data results and patterns, discussing and drawing a reasonable conclusion for the whole investigation in an organized and logical manner.
In the context of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPolyU), project reports as an assignment genre, can be categorized within the genre families of Literature Surveys, Methodology Recounts and Research Reports which all have the common goal of building research skills (Nesi & Gardner, 2012). It serves as a foundation in preparation for writing a much longer Research Report (i.e. Final Year Project Report or Undergraduate Dissertation).
The structure of this assignment genre may contain elements of each of these genre families, depending largely on the assessment focus and academic level of the subject. Some of them emphasize reviewing literature, as in a Literature Survey, while others focus on student’s accounts of experimental procedures and findings as in a Methodology Recount.
In short, you are expected to demonstrate research, analysis, comparison and contrast, summarizing, as well as technical and disciplinary English writing skills.