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Online support for report writing

Judy McGowan and Barbara de la Harpe
Curtin University of Technology
In order for students to develop their report writing skills they need opportunities to develop and practise them. Research on skill development shows that such skills are best developed when the discipline instructor provides opportunities for students to develop them in the context of the discipline.

As part of a larger project that aims to support the development of students' professional skills across the Bachelor of Commerce degree program, a project was undertaken to support student's report writing skills in a second year Law unit, Law 245 - a compulsory unit for marketing students. The project responds to the many calls to include the teaching of writing skills as an integral part of all undergraduate units across the disciplines. The content objective of Law 245 is to develop a risk management approach to law. Such an approach requires a high level of report writing skill in order to advise employers on potentially legally damaging marketing strategies. In the unit, therefore, the major assessment task required students to write a report advising their employer on the potential legal risks associated with a particular marketing activity, thus emulating the process required in the workplace.

The existing approach to teaching report writing in the unit is through the provision of a written chapter in a course material booklet, supplemented by in class teaching. This approach has evolved from lecture and tutorial material developed over the last two years. The objective of this project was to expand this support through the development of a web based learning tool on Report writing, on the assumption that web based support provides:

In this demonstration of teaching, we will showcase the web based learning tool developed, discuss the design features used, and report on student feedback on the resource.
Contact person: Judy McGowan, Lecturer, Business Law, Curtin University of Technology.

Presentation format: Demonstration of teaching

Please cite as: McGowan, J. and de la Harpe, B. (2002). Online support for report writing. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/mcgowan-abs.html

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