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ASSIGNMENTS #4 and #5 – RESEARCH-BASED PERSUASIVE PROPOSAL REPORT
For the researched proposal report, you will identify a problem or
issue in your present or past workplace, or in your community. The
assignment objective is to propose a solution to the problem or issue,
and to present that solution to a decision-maker or group of
decision-makers who can implement the recommendation. You will support
your proposal with research.
The proposal must be between 2500 to 3000 words using APA
format for your in-text citations and references. The proposal itself
should be single spaced with double spacing between paragraphs. The word
count includes all components. The purpose of establishing a word count
is to ensure the topic chosen is neither too big nor too small. Also,
writing within parameters is a common requirement in business
Use Chapter 9 for guidance. You must include the following:
- Cover memo or letter depending upon audience introducing the
attached proposal – no more than one page, and typically quite brief
- Cover page
- Table of contents
- Body of the proposal – use subheadings to break up text and separate sections
- At least one ORIGINAL graphic – a table, chart, picture you
took, or other effective visual support that was not produced by someone
- Conclusion stated as a recommendation for implementation of the solution
- End matter to include reference page and any other data suitable for this section of the report
The objective of the project is to participate in the
development of a detailed proposal that emerges in several pieces over
the course of the term, as do lengthy written projects completed in any
Number: At least five sources must be cited in the body of your proposal. At least one of
these must be a peer-reviewed journal article. “Peer reviewed” (also
known as “refereeing”) is the process academic articles go through to be
recognized as valuable contributions to the field. Peer review is the
process of subjecting an author’s scholarly work, research, or ideas to
the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field. In our field
of business management, peer reviewed journals include the following: Academy
of Management, Human Resource Management Review, Industrial Management,
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Management Quarterly, among others. The Kaplan University Writing Center includes additional guidance on peer reviewed articles.
You may use no more than one personal interview. Other sources
may include newspaper or magazine articles that are not peer reviewed.
Or if you locate several peer reviewed articles to use, that is fine,
too. You may cite more than five sources; five is simply the minimum.
Quotes – Limit the use of direct quotes in
your researched proposal. Your paper must contain no more than 15%
direct quotes. The rest should be paraphrased information so you can
demonstrate your understanding of what you read, and critical analysis
to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and research to
solve the problem. Make your voice the most prominent one.
In-text citations must align with the
sources listed in the References section. Any source you mention in your
paper must be included on your references page, and vice versa.
Distinguish Sources – Make sure you
carefully distinguish your own words versus words and ideas taken from
other sources. Direct quotes MUST be contained in quotation marks.
Wikipedia – You may not use information from Wikipedia as it is not considered a reliable source.
Dictionaries – may be used to define a term and be listed as source but may NOT count as one of the five sources.
APA FORMAT for CITING SOURCES – Business
and management use the American Psychological Association format for
academic and professional papers. If you were writing a researched
proposal for your supervisor, you would cite your sources following APA.
You would use in-text citations to let your reader know where your
information comes from. You would use a references page to list all your
sources following APA guidelines.
You will submit the final research-based persuasive proposal
report in TWO parts – a rough draft (Assignment 4) and then a final
draft (Assignment 5). You will participate in a peer review of the
rough drafts in groups in week 6 of the course.
You must have no less than 75% (2000 words) of your paper
completed for the rough draft submission. The more you have completed,