Guide to Reporting Industry Expert Seminars (CF968)

A good report should summarize the main points succinctly and correctly. Think what a reader could have benefited from attending this seminar.

Your task is to report what you have heard from each seminar.

  1. How to approach the task
    Imagine that your boss has sent you to a seminar. The company has paid for an expensive lecture fee. Your boss wants you to write a summary for the company so that staff who didn't have a chance to attend this lecture could benefit.
  2. What was said
    The facts must be correct; you must not misrepresent the speaker. Feel free to support your report with supplementary information. But don't forget that this should be a report on the seminar.
  3. What you have learned
    What have you learned from the seminar? In particular, what have you learned from the lecture that you would not have learned from standard textbooks? Write them down in a few points. Then elaborate them.
  4. Why is your report valuable
    Why are the above points important to your company, to the business world, or to the society (depending on the context of the lecture)?
  5. How to score
    A straight-forward, word by word summary is not sufficient. Your own interpretation to the material would be appreciated, but you must be able to justify your views. Make your report professional looking. Pay attention to the structure, grammar and punctuation.
  6. How your report is assessed
    Most educated people know what a good report is when they see one. It is impossible to write down a marking scheme, given the diversity (in topics, style and nature of the contents) of talks.
  7. How to improve your writing
    Writing is more an art than a science. I have not yet found a step-by-step guide to guarantee the production of a good report. That is not to say that you cannot improve your writing skills. You are encouraged to invest in doing so.
  8. Where to get help
    Writing skills is beyond the scope of this module. Many books could help. Courses run by the University's International Academy will help too. You may also seek help in proof-reading, which is not plagiarism.

    The above advice is given by Edward Tsang; last updated 2014.01.25