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International Study Centre (International Foundation Year) 2020/2021 Level 3 Guidelines for Report Module code: XS3003 Module title: Financial Accounting with Mathematics In these guidelines, general comments on report writing are in italics and in blue whilst guidelines specific to your task are in normal black font. Headings and sub-headings are in red Before completing this task, you should obtain daily time-series data of historical share prices for both ASOS plc and Boohoo Group plc for the most recent month. These can be obtained from websites such as Yahoo! Finance – https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/ . You should arrange these data into a spreadsheet. The report should have the following structure: Title The title is the readers’ first contact with a report.  Its aim is to inform them of the report’s contents.  It should be brief, but it must contain enough information to distinguish it from other, similar reports.   Examples: “A comparative survey of students’ satisfaction in higher education” “Students’ satisfaction comparison survey” Summary The purpose of the summary is to give a brief overview of the whole report. Although it is placed immediately after the title, it is written last, after the rest of the report has been completed. It is not necessary to give detailed information in the summary – it is sufficient to give an indication of the kind of information that can be found in the report. For a short report, a summary of about 100-150 words is enough; for a major research report, a summary may be as long as one page. As a general rule, the shorter the summary, the better, as long as the essential information is included. Table of contents The table of contents helps readers find specific information in the report quickly.  It is usual to present it as a list of headings with corresponding page numbers. The sections should be given informative sub-headings that should be chosen with as much care as the main title of the report. Introduction The purpose of the introduction is to set the scene for your readers so that they know what to expect from the report.  It is important to remember that the introduction introduces the report.  It does not introduce the subject.  You should leave any material facts until the main body of the report. The introduction answers the questions:  Why is the report being written? What kinds of information does it contain?  How is the problem being approached?  Example (How is the problem being approached?): “Section 1 discusses … Section 2 outlines … An evaluation of … is provided in section 3” Main body of the report This is where the real content of the report is presented.  It should be given its own title, which describes the subject matter.  It is usual to present in into main headings and sub-headings. Always ask yourself if all the detail you have given is necessary to understand the main argument:   If it is, then present it within the text.  If it is not, then the tables, graphs and so on may be better placed in an appendix.   Do make sure that graphs and diagrams are well constructed and labelled so that they do, in fact, make the information easier to understand.  A badly constructed diagram or graph can make the information more confusing. Another point to remember is that it is not enough simply to present a graph or table and expect your reader to pick out what is important.  You should show the reader what the main facts are and how they relate to the subject you are presenting. Time series graphs of historical share prices In this section, you should present the times-series graph that you obtained and add general comments on the volatility of the share price. In your comments, you should ensure that you compare the volatility in the share price for the 2 companies. Measures of central tendency and location In this section, you should present the means, medians, modes (if any) and quartiles for the share prices of the 2 companies and add some comments that compare your results. Measures of variability In this section, you should present the ranges, inter-quartile ranges and standard deviations for the share prices of the 2 companies and add some comments that compare your results. Analysis of the probability of success for the new software In this section, you should calculate the following probabilities: That the trial of the new software will succeed in one day onlyThat the trial of the new software will succeed in two days onlyThat the trial of the new software will succeed in three days onlyThat the trial of the new software will succeed in four days onlyThat the trial of the new software will succeed in all five days You should also comment on the results that you have obtained Conclusion The conclusions should arise naturally from the evidence that is presented in the main body of the report.  You should not include any new information that does not appear in the main body of the report.  You should not make statements that you cannot support from the evidence. Recommendations Recommendations are not always required in a report, but if they are, they should follow on logically from the conclusions.  Usually, a brief statement of what should or should not be done is sufficient.  It helps the reader if the recommendations are set out as brief statements. References If you have consulted printed, or other media sources (e.g. books, journals, videos) to help you compile your report, then you must give a list of your references.  The college uses the Harvard system Appendix The appendix contains peripheral matter which would overload your main argument.  Some of the kinds of material that can be included are: Tables  When you have to present a large amount of statistical data, it is sometimes more convenient to collect it together in the Appendix.  If you do so, then it is most important to give informative titles to your tables and to ensure that they are presented in the order in which they are referred to in the text.  Diagrams and illustrations  It is quite acceptable to present diagrams and illustrations within the main body of the report.  Sometimes, however, you may feel that they would split up the text too much, or that they would interfere with the main the argument.  In that case, they may be presented in the Appendix.  Others  Other materials going the appendix may include questionnaires, schedules of activities, etc…

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