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					ENGL 227 Formal Report

In this assignment, students will work independently to write a short formal report that
analyzes a situation and provides recommendations. This course project will satisfy
TCOs 6 and 12.

       Overview
       Formal Report Topic
       Part One (Due Week 6) Table of Contents and Introduction
       Part Two (Due Week 7) Formal Report in Full
       How the Formal Report Assignment is Graded



Overview
In this assignment, students will analyze two possible career choices, and then write a
formal analytical report effectively presenting a recommendation to pursue one of the
careers. This project has two parts:

      Part one, the Table of Contents and Introductory Section, is due at the end of week 6.
      Part two, the report in its entirety, is due at the end of week 7.
      Students are encouraged to begin work on the course project no later than week 5,
       reading the project directions, reading Chapters 13, 14, and 15, and, if time permits,
       doing preliminary research.



Formal Report Topic
This assignment is based on Case Number 4 on page 490 of chapter 15, Picking the
better path: Research report assisting a client in a career choice. Important: Please take
note of the additional instructions here, as the case has been modified to suit our class
objectives.

Here’s the situation: You work for Open Options, a career-counseling firm, where your
main function is to help clients make career choices. Read and follow the directions on page
490 in chapter 15. Your report should include the following:

      Information from a client interview (interview yourself)
      A comparison of at least five major areas, such as education requirements, salary
       expectations, etc.
      Research from at least two credible sources to inform the client and to support the
       recommendation
      APA citations for all researched information (in-text parenthetical citations and a
       reference list at the end of the report)
      Formal report formatting
   You will need to conduct outside research about career choices and salaries for this
   report, and you will need to cite your sources using APA citations. Conclude the formal
   report by making a recommendation for the client (you) to pursue one of the two
   careers you research. Your report MUST be formatted as a formal report.




                            Research Help

                    As the case states, you will need to compare five major areas for each career option.
                    Online sources are acceptable for this assignment, but only if they are credible.
                    Recommended websites include The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by
                    the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oco) and Salary.com
                    (http://www.salary.com).

                    Do NOT use Wikipedia or websites of questionable quality. If you have doubts about a
                    source, or if you need help locating sources, please contact your instructor.



Part One (Due Week 6) Table of Contents and Introduction
Your assignment this week is to write your formal report’s table of contents and introduction,
using formal formatting. To complete this assignment, you will need to have a good plan in
place for your formal report. I encourage you to use the three-step process we’ve been
studying this session. (The formal report is due in its entirety at the end of week 7. In week
6, only the table of contents and introduction are due.)




                                Formatting Help

                    View this week’s tutorial, which will show you how to use the outline view of
                    MS Word to create a table of contents. Using the outline view will make
                    formatting your table of contents and report much simpler than formatting
                    the entire TOC manually!

                    Notice that there are slight differences between formal reports and formal
                    proposals. When referring to chapters 13-16, make sure you refer to the
                    passages that pertain to formal reports.




In week 6, your assignment should include the following:

      A table of contents using formal report formatting. (Note that page numbers are not
       necessary this week, as you will not have written the actual report yet. Page
       numbers should be added next week, though, when you complete the report.)
      The table of contents should include first- and second-level headings, like the
       example on page 460 in chapter 15.
      Include an introductory section featuring the following four parts (see page 462 in
       chapter 15 for an example, and see page 432 in chapter 14 for a complete
       description of report introductions):
           o Introduction
           o Purpose, Scope, and Limitations
           o Sources and Methods
           o Report Organization
      Identify at least two credible sources you will use in your proposal in the “Sources
       and Methods” section.
      Use formal report formatting.
      Be free of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.



Part Two (Due Week 7) Formal Report in Full
In week 6, you planned the formal report and wrote the TOC and introduction. In week 7,
you will complete the formal report. (You may need to revise the TOC and Introduction,
based on the feedback you receive from your instructor.)

In week 7, your assignment should contain the following:

      Be formatted as a formal report, following the guidelines formal reports in the text
       (including the guidelines for headings and subheadings found in figure 14.7 on page
       440);
      Include appropriate prefatory, text, and supplemental parts (The formal report
       should contain appropriate prefatory, text, and supplemental parts, including the
       following: a cover and/or title page; a letter of transmittal; a table of contents; the
       four-part Introductory Section from week 6; appropriately labeled body sections; and
       appendices, such as the client interview and list of references. See figure 15.2 on
       page 456 in Chapter 15 for a diagram showing all possible formal report parts. Your
       report does not need to contain all of these parts, but should contain most of them.);
      Fully answer the question posed in the text, considering all of the background
       information provided and fulfilling the purpose outlined in the “Your Task” section
       (the word count for the intro, body, and conclusion should be 1250-1750 words);
      Use at least two credible researched sources appropriately and effectively;
      Include proper documentation using APA style (both in-text and end-of-text
       citations--please check your work using turnitin.com); and
      Be free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.

Note: Visual aids are entirely appropriate for this kind of report, but they are not required.
If you decide to use visual aids, be certain to adhere to the standards we have studied
previously in this course.




How the Formal Report Assignment is Graded
The Formal Report Assignment will be graded according to the criteria set forth in the
Rubrics for weeks 6 and 7, located in Doc Sharing.

				
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