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brief reports that convey the essentials of the project work. Your supervisor will be pleased to help by reading drafts of your report and making editorial suggestions, but they cannot write the report for you. Make sure that they have adequate time to read these drafts by starting to write up early. It is not possible to write a good report in a week.
You may be working in a subject area that is highly specialised and uses its ownjargon. People who may not have your specialised knowledge of the field, although they are scientifically literate, will read your report. The reader is expecting to learn something new from your up-to-date product. Your success at making your subject accessible to the non-specialist but competent scientific audience most clearly demonstrates your grasp of the basic science of your topic.
Your report will be marked independently by two internal markers, one being the immediate supervisor. The external examiner may moderate their agreed final mark.
The report should be written in the past tense, as you should be in the habit of doing for practical reports. If you are in doubt about this style read some journals in your subject specialism for guidance. UK (not US) English spelling must be used.
Format
The format and layout suggested for your report is similar to that used by major biological journals. The following sections are expected in project reports:
Laboratory-based projects Non-laboratory-based projects
Title page Title page
Contents page Contents page
Abstract Abstract
Introduction Introductory chapter
Materials and Methods Detailed chapters of evidence,
Results argument and discussion
Discussion Concluding chapter
References References
Acknowledgements Acknowledgements
In some cases it may be more appropriate to vary the format slightly, for instance to include a short discussion alongside each set of experimental results in addition to the final discussion section. Use your discretion to decide if such a format makes your report easier to follow.
Materials and Results sections are obviously not appropriate for library-based projects. In these cases discuss the project format with your supervisor.
The project report must conform to the following specifications:
• Word-processed
• A4 paper, single-sided
• Font (main body of text) – E.g. Arial, 12 pt
• Line spacing – one-and-a-half times
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• Margins – the left margin must be 3 cm, to allow for binding, and 2 cm on the right. Top and bottom margins must be 2.5 cm
• Pages should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the Contents page TWO bound copies must be submitted
In addition, you should:
• Make sure you spell-check and proof-read your document before handing it in
• Do not spend excessive time using colours in your graphics. Also avoid
elaborate formatting in figures and diagrams.
• Check your text and the reference list to make sure that the spelling of authors’ names and the years given are consistent
• All papers by authors quoted in the text must be listed in the reference list and vice versa.
• Print the title page so that the title of the report and your name are clearly visible.
This page should also include, at the bottom, your student number, your degree programme, the School, and the date.
• Bind your report, and print a copy for your own reference.
Length Probably, the most frequently asked question.
The report should not exceed 3,500 words for a practical project, or 4,000 words for a library project (there are about 250 words per page of double or one-and-a-half spaced type). If your report is longer then you should consider carefully if it contains material which is necessary. The examiners are looking for the ability to produce a clear concise report.

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