English
4780

Technical Writing

Spring
2017

 

Analysis Report Evaluation

______ 8-10 pages, not counting front matter or appendix

______Evaluates the Avalon case study data.

______Original page design (not a Word template).

Document design

Table of contents

_______ Matches headings

_______ Table of contents reflects hierarchy

_______ Proper use of white space

Page layout and format

_______ Effective body font and size choice

_______ Even/odd page running headers (must be different)

_______  Running headers contains both orienting text and page numbers

_______ Paragraphs are single spaced, no indent, and blank line between

_______ Information is easy to find when skimming the document

_______ White space prevents crowding

_______ No all caps or underlined text

_______ Bold and italics are not overused

_______ All page breaks are hard and not done with multiple returns.

Heading formatting

_______ At least two levels of headings

_______ Heading levels can be visually distinguished.

_______ Consistent formatting with size and white space

_______ Parallel structure

_______ Effective font and size choice

_______ Effective use of white space around the headings

_______ No all caps or underlined text

Executive summary

______ One page long (no more)

______ Appears after the cover page and before the table of contents

______ Has multiple paragraphs

______ Descriptive headings

______ Defines purpose of the report

______ Summarizes analysis of the textbooks

______ Makes a clear recommendation

Graphics

______ 2-4 graphics and tables

______ All graphics are grayscale (black & white). No color graphics.

______ Do not extend into the margin.

______ Proper size for detail and importance

______ Figures and tables referenced in the text

______ Figure and table captions contain a number and title before any explanatory text.

______ Figures and tables have titles in the caption.

______ Explanatory text in the caption is distinct from the title

______ Figure captions are below the graphic

______ Table captions are above the table

______ Proper use of white space within and around the graphics

______ Graphics have a consistent look and feel

______ Appear as close to first reference as possible

______ Consistent style for referencing figures in the text.

______ Consistent formatting on the figure captions.

______ Effective in-text description

Document content

______ Free of grammar and punctuation errors

______ Most sentences use active voice

______ Effective word choice. Uses familiar words.

______ No widows or orphans in the text

______ Coherent paragraphs

______ Multiple paragraphs under most heading

______ Logical paragraph arrangement

______ Lists use parallel structure

______ Bullet and numbered lists used correctly

______ Text uses lists rather than burying information in paragraph.

Introduction

_______ Defines purpose of the report

_______ Places report in context

_______ Contains a forecasting statement

Analysis

_______ Visually separates each analysis item

_______ Detail level is appropriate for the audience

_______ Provides a justification for the individual analysis results

Conclusion

_______ Comprehensive summary of the report

_______ Longer and more detailed than the executive summary

_______ Visually easy to find the results for each criteria and the recommendation.

_______ Makes recommendations

 

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