"Pos Project Proposal"
Presentation Due Date: Wednesday, April 23 Paper Due Date: Friday, April 25 POS 6933: Project Final Paper & Presentation Guidelines Your final report on your class project should provide a clear and detailed summary of your project. The specific content will obviously vary based on the type of project you’ve undertaken, but the basic elements present in your proposal and explained in our in-class discussion of writing reporting (see MS Word lecture slides) should also be present in your final report. The paper should be properly formatted based on our discussions of writing reports as well. Please heed suggestions about fonts, spacing, headings, and charts/tables. This report accounts for 50% of your class grade, so I recommend giving it due diligence. (You may turn in rough drafts for my review up to the weekend before papers are due, and I will do my best to provide detailed suggestions for improvements.) Your paper should include the following elements: ♦ Title Page ♦ Introduction to the issue/project ♦ Background on the issue, research question, and/or organization ♦ Literature Review (if appropriate) ♦ Clear statement and description of the Project Goal and/or Research Question ♦ Methodology or Project Implementation (how you set about accomplishing that goal or answering that question) o Data (type of data you worked with, how it was collected, etc.) o Methods (types of organization/manipulation/transformation of data) o Analysis (types of analysis conducted, if appropriate) o Software/Applications used for these tasks and why they were appropriate ♦ Results/Findings/Deliverables* o If Applied: Show/Explain the operationalization and/or how the client will make use of the information; if appropriate, explain any outcomes/findings o If Traditional Research: Explain and discuss the findings of your analysis ♦ Limitations/Problems of the project – what went wrong, what were you limited by, what would you change in an ideal research setting ♦ Recommendations to the Client or Recommendations for Future Research (as appropriate) * If other electronic deliverables are to be provided to the client, please provide them with your final paper Presentation Due Date: Wednesday, April 23 Paper Due Date: Friday, April 25 POS 6933: Project Final Paper & Presentation Guidelines Your final presentation on your class project should provide a clear and succinct overview of your project. It should be designed to help the audience understand the issue faced by the organization you’re working with (or, your research question) and how you implemented a solution to that problem. The specific content will obviously vary based on the type of project you’ve undertaken, but the basic elements present in your final report should be covered in an abbreviated version in your presentation. The presentation should be about 10 to 15 minutes in length, and properly formatted based on our discussions of creating and giving Power Point presentations (see MS Power Point lecture slides). Please heed the recommendations on the hand-out about giving presentations. This presentation accounts for 15% of your class grade, so I recommend giving it due diligence. Your presentation should: ♦ Provide the information from your final paper, but greatly condensed: ♦ Explain briefly your client and their issue, or your research question and the background to asking it ♦ How you chose your method of solving (or researching) the problem and why ♦ What you actually did o How you gathered / organized data o Which programs you used to do so ♦ Results / Findings o If you created or implemented a system for the organization, you should show it / explain how it works o If you did traditional research, you should briefly summarize the major results and findings ♦ Final Recommendations