PRACTICAL PROJECT: PROPOSAL
This is one of my favorite projects because it can make a huge impact and lead to real change. Some students who have completed this project in the past have received job offers and promotions as a result of their work. You get out of it as much as you put in. It can be as far as you want from a dusty old term paper that gets trashed at the end of the term.
Let’s talk about the project. All workplaces (and schools!) have the potential for improvement. Often, these improvements are made when creative and observant employees (and students!) are able to spot these potential improvements and facilitate change.
For the final project, students will choose a specific practice, policy, or structural condition in their workplace and develop a formal report for a proposed improvement to the situation.
Students are invited to work on this as a solo project– looking at their specific workplaces and seeking change. You’re also invited to work with a group on a school-related change. In this case, you must sign up for a group (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. * and then work with your group to divide the responsibilities. It will be up to your group to manage research, writing and editing, and submitting drafts to me each week on the timeline listed below. Solo projects also include draft deadlines, but those working by themselves also know they alone are responsible for submitting their drafts. Grades are shared so it is critical that EACH name of the group’s members appears on all documents.
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We will be learning about the various components that are included in the projects as we move through the semester, but you’ll need to also refer to your textbook for formatting (Chapter 10-11, pgs. 238-308 in your textbooks for detailed instruction of report creations. Students should follow the example provided in Figure 11.15, p. 289-302, for guidance).
All business proposals must include the following 8 POINTS:
1) Cover sheet (refer to page 281)
2) Memorandum (refer to page 282)
3) Table of Contents (refer to page 283)
4) Executive Summary (refer to page 284)
5) Introduction (refer to page 285)
6) Body (refer to pages 285-292) use subheadings as applicable, but each proposal should include research and evaluation of (1) application, (2) implementation, (3) cost and (4) impact of the proposed change
7) Conclusion and Recommendations (refer to page 293)
8) References page (refer to page 294 – the SECOND box — APA Style)
Tables and graphs are optional but must be appropriately cited if used from another location.
The project must contain a minimum of 10 sources including scholarly journal articles and reports, surveys, etc. Must conform to the Standards of Acceptable Submissions.