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This would be a topic in a progress report that would outline what the project is about without going into details. I'm looking for something that means like 'Refresher' but sounds more professional.

  • "Overview" could work. – Rupe Jul 8 '14 at 17:45
  • Summary, is your word. – Thomas Jul 8 '14 at 20:34
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Consider the term precis (or précis)

a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract

[from Collins English Dictionary]

Also

  • apercu (also aperçu, but some would not consider this English)
  • synopsis
  • Yes. Thank you. 'Abstract' was indeed what I was looking for. But 'précis' sounds even better. – Shashwat Black Jul 9 '14 at 2:44
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Compendium Conspectus Synopsis

  • +1 for compendium, it pairs well with conclusion (two things commonly found in the same works) – KnightHawk Aug 21 '14 at 14:11
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Are you talking about an abstract? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_(summary)

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I think you can use the term survey:

A gathering of a sample of data or opinions considered to be representative of a whole.

or summary

A presentation of the substance of a body of material in a condensed form or by reducing it to its main points.

A brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form; "he gave a summary of the conclusions"

Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

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Outline - A general description or plan showing the essential features of something but not the detail.

Look it up in oxford

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I recommend "a brief". As a noun, it means a short summary, and it's common in legal discussions.

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