IISC disclaimer page (included as part of the above template)
Cover page create by the project team (see below)
Table of Contents
List of Tables and List of Figures
Body of the report divided into numbered and labeled sections, parts or chapters. The first is to be an Introduction of the project.
IISC provides a template for their cover page which includes the IISC "disclaimer” page immediately after it. The disclaimer contains information regarding support for the project, alternate formats available, mandatory antidiscrimination clause, etc.
The team’s cover page design is created by the students. It includes:
names of student team members
month and year of the final report
Community project leader
Any other contributors
The executive summery contains all the pertinent information needed to understand general findings and recommendations.
It summarizes the report in such a way that readers can quickly become acquainted with the report without having to read the entire document.
Table of Contents
Do not include the preliminary pages that come before the Table of Contents.
Include the List of Tables and List of Figures, if the report contains them. Page numbering for these entries should be lower-case Roman numerals.
Entries should not run into the page number column.
Page numbers should be vertically aligned by the rightmost digit.
This page requires a lower-case Roman numeral page number, at the bottom center of the page.
It will be easier for the reader to navigate the electronic version of the report if the page numbers in the table of contents are formatted to jump directly to that section in your document. (Word has this feature under the References tab.)
Tables and Figures
Tables and figures in the body of the report must contain labels and be numbered in consecutive order.
Double check that when tables/figures are referred to within the text, they are referring to the correct number of the table/figure.
Maps are to be consistent throughout. For example, maps are to be in the same projections in GIS, ideally UTM NAD zone 15. However, it is understood that a map created by a source outside of URP may dictate the projection.
All maps are to contain a title, the data source with year, a legend, north arrow and scale.
High quality photos will enhance the quality of the final report. Groups should take pictures at all community engagement activities for use in the final report, as well as promotion of IISC and URP. Be sure to take some photos of the planning team interacting with community members.
The “rule of thirds” is a simple composition technique that can produce visually appealing photos. The “rule of thirds” aligns the subject of the picture with the guidelines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. Basic cropping and editing of photos can also accomplish this effect and enhance quality.
Quality photos contain action rather than lone buildings.
Photos taken by someone other than the authors are to include the source. Permission to use the photo should be obtained from the source.
Finalizing the Report
The report contents are to have all been shared with the project partners before the report is finalized. There should be no surprises to the partners when they receive the final document.
It is recommended that the report be printed (black and white is fine) and submitted to the IISC Assistant Director, Travis Kraus, for a design review before it is completed for the final deadline.