The specific components required for a relative merits report will generally be outlined in the assignment document by your instructor. However, a typical relative merits report will contain the following sections:
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
A description of the general overall theme of the processes, materials, etc. being compared in the report.
Analysis of each of the specific materials, processes, etc. being compared in the report.
A comparison of the data gathered on each material, process, etc. being compared.
A summary of the conclusions drawn from the data comparisons.
A statement recommending one of the processes, materials, etc. and the reasons why it has been recommended.
A listing of the sources utilized in the report. Depending upon the reference style (IEEE, MLA, APA, etc.) this section may be titled differently (e.g. Works Cited, Bibliography, etc.)
Note: As always, check your assignment instructions or confirm with your instructor when determining the structure of your report.
Writing Relative Merits Reports
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