Textbook: Sample papers in chapters 8 and 10 Assignment: November 14, 2020 The major report is the capstone of the course. It is based on your proposal and progress letter. You will apply almost every assignment objective in this class to the major report. It illustrates your ability to use critical thinking to solve a problem by conducting research and synthesizing information. Comment on the attachments The student papers are not perfect. You might find some documentation, grammar, or pagination mistakes. They do, however, give you an overall idea of the organization and design of the major report. Coffee or Tea illustrates the recent MLA style with URLs and the tabulated results in the Appendix. Ram 500 vs Ford F350 vs Silverado 3500HD illustrates how survey results are depicted with graphs in the text. This paper also shows consistent reporting of results through parallel structure. More information about reporting results is discussed below. Assignment It will be easier if you do not write the following sequentially. Although the front matter is at the beginning, the transmittal letter through abstract should be completed after you have written your report. The pagination will need to be completed prior to placing page numbers in the Table of Contents and List of Figures. Sections of the Major Report Pagination: Count every page, beginning with the title page. Front matter uses small Roman numerals (e.g., ii, iii, and iv) and begins being printed on the Table of Contents page. The Table of Contents, the List of Illustrations, and Abstract should be on separate pages. The title page is counted but not numbered. If you are having trouble with numbers, you may use all Arabic (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.) throughout the report or type the number on each page. Transmittal Letter The transmittal (cover) letter introduces your report to your readers. It highlights specific sections or results. In a business situation, you might have several cover letters, for example, one for the chief executive officer, one for the business office, and one for regional managers, pointing out parts that are unique to their areas. The transmittal letter is a separate document that comes before the title page. The transmittal letter may have content similar to the abstract of the report. Front Matter (put on separate pages) Title page Table of Contents (include first page of a section only) List of Illustrations or List of Figures (include page on which the visual appears) Abstract (highlights location, research methods, and overall results of the report) Write the abstract after you complete the report, or it will sound like an introduction to the paper. Text Content: Remember to include your primary research in the text and document it correctly. Primary research is required to be in the report. You are doing applied research unique to your situation. Documentation: Preferred style MLA. See Chapter 8. You have the option to use the new MLA style with links and URLs or the previous style. You may also use APA; see Chapter 8. There are distinct differences between the two documentation styles. Whatever you use, be consistent. Visuals Two required. Include the source (e.g., Source: Phillips 79); for consistency, use your name if visuals were developed from your own data. If you design your own chart or graph using someone else’s data, then list the data source (e.g., Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau). Data, as well as drawings, maps and photos, essentially all visuals, are to have the source. Introductory Information Organize background information, problem, purpose, and scope to not be repetitive; combine sections and headings, if necessary. The background section presents a broad or global view of the topic, followed by details in the discussion portion. If the problem and purpose sound alike, put them into one heading instead of two. Note if there is a limited scope or unique group of people participating (e.g., Troop 234 of the Houston Region Boy Scouts, the Methodist Hospital Annex Pediatric Oncology Ward in Pearland, or attendees at the February 25 meeting of the Accounting Club). Discussion Headings/subheadings will vary based research design. A definition of terms may be needed based on your study to clarify a meaning or to eliminate wordiness, such as surfing means finding information on the Internet rather than catching a wave in the ocean. Another example is using the word four-year institution for any of the following types of schools: schools with undergraduate bachelor students, schools with undergraduate and graduate students, and schools with upper division and graduate students. Describe your research design, so the study could be replicated. If you conducted a survey, describe who, what, when, where, and how the information was gathered, as well as the results. Findings may be presented by topics studied, by comparing variables, by ascending or descending results of importance, or by alphabetizing variables. Use parallel organization. For example, if you are comparing Hondas and Toyotas, sections can be divided by two major headings of Hondas and Toyotas with supporting paragraphs and subheadings for variables – mileage, crash test ratings, and resale values. You can also divide the paper by variables (mileage, crash test ratings, resale values) with paragraphs and subheadings of Honda and Toyota following each variable. An outline follows. Honda Mileage Crash Test Ratings Resale Value Toyota Mileage Crash Test Ratings Resale Value OR Mileage Honda Toyota Crash Test Ratings Honda Toyota Resale Value Honda Toyota Results have been presented throughout the discussion. In the conclusion, you will state your decision. For example, the 2018 Toyota was purchased over the Honda because of long-term resale value. It will be a vehicle for our family for many years to come. Future research that needs to be completed or suggestions can be written in a recommendations section. This section is optional. Back Matter Works Cited or References (required) What title you choose, depends on whether you are using MLA or APA. Appendix: If you completed a survey, include a complete tabulation of the results. You may include additional information, such as forms or brochures. Blackboard and Group Submissions: You will submit two copies – one to me and one to your group. Submit a copy as an attachment through Blackboard assignments. Then share your report with the individuals in your group. In a later assignment, you will use the reports to complete critiques and an abstract. Your file name should include your last name, report, term, and year, such as HendersonReportSum2020. If you worked as a team, the file name should be written as HendersonOthersReportSum2020; submit only one copy for a group. Grading: Your paper will be graded on the following criteria. Make sure to include all parts of the report. The major report is worth 25% of your grade. Overall (5 points) Completeness/Directions followed Format/Headings/Organization Professional Appearance/Page numbers Documentation (10 points) __________ Quoted and paraphrased material must be punctuated and cited correctly; otherwise, it is considered plagiarism, and the report receives a 0. Format consistent/format mixed with information missing Parenthetical citations and works cited match Parenthetical citations used for both quoted and paraphrased sources Works cited in alphabetical order/include publication/copyright dates and access dates (if applicable) Visuals (10 points) __________ Two required or adequate number to support text Design appropriate and accurate visuals with figure numbers, headings, and data labels Appropriate placement and reference in text Source or data source required on all visuals Content (50 points) __________ Letter (transmittal) (5) Title page (1) Table of Contents (2)/List of Illustrations (2) Abstract that includes results (5) Text Introduction/background (5) Purpose/Problem/Scope (5) Discussion of collected data (20) Original/primary sources required with a minimum of two cited in the text (10) Applied research that uses relevant facts to resolve business and personal decisions or make a comparative analysis (10) Logical organization with headings and formal writing Results/Conclusion (5) Recommendations (optional) Works Cited/References (see documentation above) Appendix If applicable, (1) Appendix A – full tabulation of survey results; (2) Appendix B – forms or brochures Grammar/Proofreading/Writing (25 points) __________ Commas, comma splices, fragments, run-ons, semicolons Italics/Quotation marks/Number usage Paragraphing Parallel phrasing/organization Person: stay in same person/second person appropriate/consistent use of singular or plural Phrasing: awkward wording/omitted words/repetitious/word choice/wordiness Pronoun: usage/antecedent agreement Sentenbcqce structure/sentence sense/clarity Spelling/apostrophe/capitalization/hyphen Subject/verb agreement Verb tense
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