This constitutes a
definition of the task; your specific objective and purpose of writing.
Even if you don't include this as a heading, it is a vital process to
go through in your planning.
You need to ask yourself:
What exactly is your
report going to be about?
If it is group work,
who exactly is responsible for what?
How long have you got?
What is your task timescale?
Why are you writing
the report? What exactly are the assessment criteria?
Who are you writing
the report for? Are you actually playing a role? What does your reader
want to see?
Example terms of reference
These are the terms of reference of an Australian study into IT implementation.
of reference of the study are:
To prepare a strategy for the development of research in information
technology (IT) in Australia over the next 10-15 years.
1. To make recommendations for research in IT disciplines including
computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, digital
communications and information systems that will advance those disciplines
and strengthen their contribution to the economic, social and scientific
welfare of Australia:
a) to determine the degree to which a strong fundamental research base
is required in all fields of information technology research in Australia
and to recommend on future support for this research;
identify the strengths and weaknesses of Australian IT research in an
international context and to recommend necessary policy or funding changes.
Social and Economic
2. To assess the contribution of basic and applied IT research to the
Australian information industries.
3. To evaluate the benefits of Australian IT research for Australian
industry and for the well-being of Australian society, and to develop
strategies to increase its contribution to both.
4. To characterise the current education and training of people engaged
in IT research in the public and private sectors, and to identify any
appropriate changes and their priorities.
5. To identify methods for implementing its recommendations and strategies.
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