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Last updated:

April 8, 2022


6 months

  • PKR: ₨1,429
  • EUR: €5
  • GBP: £4
  • INR: ₹413
  • BDT: ৳ 536
  • IRR: ﷼210,000


This course includes:

6 months

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6 months


Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment or report.


Most academic courses will require you to write assignments or reports, and this free OpenLearn course, Essay and report writing skills is designed to help you to develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes. It contains clear instruction and a range of activities to help you to understand what is required, and to plan, structure and write your assignments or reports. You will also find out how to use feedback to develop your skills.

This course, Essay and report writing skills is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand what writing an assignment involves
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the functions of essays and reports
  • Demonstrate writing skills.

Course Curriculum

    • Good practice in writing 00:10:00
    • Your feelings about writing 00:20:00
    • Developing writing styles 00:10:00
    • The purpose of writing 00:20:00
    • Writing requirements 00:30:00
    • Reports 00:10:00
    • Essays 00:30:00
    • Stages in assignment writing 00:10:00
    • A different perspective 00:05:00
    • Estimating the time for the task 02:00:00
    • The question 03:00:00
    • Researching 00:40:00
    • Identifying sources 00:20:00
    • Planning 01:30:00
    • Turning the spotlight on your work 00:10:00
    • Planning stages 00:40:00
    • Drafting 00:05:00
    • Translating your plan 00:20:00
    • Drafting reports 00:45:00
    • Drafting essays 00:05:00
    • Writing the first draft 02:00:00
    • Why polish? 00:30:00
    • Letting go 00:10:00
    • Reflecting on tutor feedback 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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