University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Final Year Project (FYP) is a compulsory assessment for students of higher learning institutions; Diploma and Degree level. FYP assessment is for students to demonstrate a wide range of the skills learned at the institution during their course of study. It asks them to start with formulating a problem, suggest alternative solutions, and then implements one of the solution by delivering a product that has passed through the design, analysis, testing, and evaluation stages The inclusion of FYP assessment which is also known as academic report writing serves as competency measurement standard that has been made compulsory by The Board of Engineers Malaysia (1972). One of the objectives for the requirement is to bring engineering Profession to greater heights and to project the image of engineers in the right perspective. Of the three elements of writing which are content, organization and language, it is found that language has been considered the most difficult task for second language writers due to their limited language proficiency or limited linguistic knowledge. This study will discuss what are the factors that attribute in writing problems frequently faced be engineering students and to investigate the report writing strategies usage by these engineering students.