Overview

The introduction is the first section in a report. Essentially the introduction tells the reader why the report has been prepared, what the subject matter of the report is, and how the report is organized. The introduction is very important because it orientates and focuses the reader.

The introduction usually:

Introductions tend to organise information from general to specific. For a field trip report the terms of reference would be presented first. The sequence of the purpose and outline would depend on how specific the outline statements and the purpose statements are. Some writers may place the purpose second and the outline last, other writers may place their outline second and the purpose last.

After reading the introduction to a field trip report, the reader should know what the client’s brief is and how your report relates to the brief.

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Paul describes the strengths of the introduction (31s):

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