umuc wrtg393 WA 5 Analytical Report

WA 5 Analytical ReportWRTG 393 students,Writing assignment #5will be an analytical reportthat addresses a problem or issue within an organization. For this assignment, you will write a report of 2000-3000 words on a problem or issue within your workplace or community.You will identify a problem or issue within your organization. This may be a current place of employment or a community group, such as a church, school, homeowner’s association, daycare, recreation center, soccer team, or other group.You will then accomplish the following in the report:define the problem persuasively and accuratelypropose a solution or solutions to the problem or issuepresent that solution to a decision-maker or group of decision-makers who can implement the recommendation.The report will include the following components:Title PageLetter of TransmittalTable of ContentsInformative AbstractBody of ReportReferencesYour report must also include the following:At least one graphic in the text.A minimum of five sources cited within the report.At least one source must be a scholarly source.APA style should be used in citing and listing the sources.The complete report should be 2000-3000 words, not including the list of references. 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 professional communications.The complete report, as stated above, should cite at least five sources. At least one of them should come from peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. Your sources can also include interviews. The sources will be integrated into the paper to explain the problem, provide evidence of the problem, and support the solution. If you are having trouble locating scholarly sources for your topic, you can let me know during the weeks leading up to the due date for the report. I can try to help you or work with you on integrating sources.An Excellent Resource on Analytical Reports:-The Academic Language Learning and Success Program at Charles Darwin University has an excellent guide to writing analytical reports. Click.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/Report-Structure-and-Format_ALLSP_2012_000.pdf”>here to access it.Other Helpful Guides on Report Writing:-Victoria University of Wellington has a thorough outline and review of the components of this type of business report. Click.victoria.ac.nz/vbs/teaching/publications/VBS-report-writing-guide-2013-July.pdf”>here to access it.-Queen Margaret University has an excellent guide for this type of report. Click.qmu.ac.uk/ELS/docs/Report%20Writing%202014.pdf”>here to access it.-Murdoch University has an outstanding guide on writing this type of report. Click.murdoch.edu.au/Guide_To_Report_Writing.pdf”>here to access it.-Colorado State University presents excellent tips in organizing the report. Click .colostate.edu/teaching/tipsheets/writing_business_reports.pdf”>here to access its site.-Monash University has a sample case study report that you might find helpful. Click .monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/writing/general/report/1.xml”>here to access it.Examples of Analytical Reports:-For an example of an analytical report on a problem at a college campus, click .smsu.edu/Academics%5CPrograms/English/PWC%20files/Analytical_Report_Draft8_FINAL.pdf”>here.-For an example of on analytical report a transportation problem, click .pearsoned.ca/highered/divisions/text/lannon4/data/tech_writing/MMTReport.pdf”>here.-For an example of analytical report on a topic related to economics, click .wageindicator.org/documents/WIBAR%20documents/WIBAR2-report8-Analytical-chapter.pdf”>here.-For an example of an analytical report on a technical topic, click .pearsoned.ca/highered/divisions/text/lannon4/data/tech_writing/MechReport.pdf”>here.Topics to Help You Come Up with Ideas on this Assignment:Some possible workplace research topics are the following. These are just examples to help you get started. Please do not feel that you have to select one of these topics.The following topics are specific to UMUC:the effects of the move from WebTycho to LEO for UMUC studentsthe effects of the move from WebTycho to LEO for UMUC instructorsmethods for helping UMUC instructors become acclimated to LEOmethods for helping UMUC students become acclimated to LEOmethods for improving online instruction at UMUCthe feasibility of UMUC’s offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)the feasibility of UMUC’s offering credit to students who complete a MOOCThe following topics have been borrowed fromLannon, J.M, Gurak, L. J, and Daemon, D. (2011). Instructor’s resource manual to accompany Technical Communication, 12th ed. Boston: Longman:the long-term effects of a vegetarian dietcomparison of two or more brands of equipmentthe adequacy of veterans’ benefitsthe influence of a stadium or civic center in your city or communitythe best computer to buy for a specific needthe best type of computer (desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablet) for a specific needthe best location for a new businessthe effects of budget cuts in public education in your areathe effects of legalized gambling in your statethe causes of low morale in your workplaceMethods of improving productivity in your workplaceanalysis of benefits from organic farming practicesmethods of dealing with discarded computers and other types of electronic wastethe pros and cons of taking writing classes onlinethe pros and cons of taking classes online in ____ (fill in the blank with a field of study of your choice)the adequacy of police protection in your town or cityThe following topics are ideas that have been used in previous classes:going to a wireless networkgoing to a paperless officeswitching from Windows to Linux (or other similar switch)installing/upgrading company firewallestablishing a drug policyestablishing an employee leave donation programestablishing an equipment donation program for used computers, etc.establishing a company recycling program (paper, etc.)education/retraining for your employeesestablishing a program for millennial workers (e.g., training on certain aspects of etiquette, on understanding other generations, etc.)designing a training program for workplace safety issuesredesigning employee performance evaluationsdeveloping a work-at-home (telecommuting) policydeveloping a flex-time policyestablishing on-site day care or providing other child care benefitsproviding gym membership or creating an on-site workout facilitycreating or revising a charitable contribution policycreating or improving a tuition assistance programaccommodations needed for employee/s with specific health issues (for example, migraines)establishing a Habitat for Humanity (or other group) chapter at your organizationSome students have chosen topics outside of their workplaces, such as the following:betting additional lighting in the neighborhoodchanging traffic patterns around your child’s schoolinstalling a tot lot in your neighborhoodconstructing a crying baby room at your place of worshipoffering ESL courses at your churchincreasing participation in a military Family Support GroupLength: 2000-3000 words, not including the list of references. In other words, the text of the paper should be 2000-3000 words. The sources should be cited and listed in APA style. Due Date:The instructor will post the due date. Keep in mind that this will be a draft. It can be a very rough draft or incomplete draft if you do not have a polished product yet.You will receive comments from the instructor on this assignment. You will submit a final draft of the assignment into the assignment folder after receiving my comments on your first draft..95pt 41.8pt; text-indent: 0cm;”>Memo To: All Students, WRT 393: Advanced Technical Writing From: Ms. Koppikar, Instructor Date: 11/9/2015 Re: Potential Case Scenarios For Analytical
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I. Topic/Sources Select one of the following case scenarios and write an essay accordingly:
Choice 1: Create an Academic
Course You have been hired as the curriculum coordinator of a high
school, community college or university.
As part of this job, you are to create an academic course to teach
students about some basic life skills that they will use after graduation. The course could incorporate just about any
life skill: finance, communications,
safe driving, health, etc. Whatever you
choose, you must first outline the problem (i.e.: X% of Americans can’t effectively do their
taxes, thus, we are offering a tax course).
Then, write how this course will meet that solution and conclude with
details of how the course will work. In order to complete this essay, you must use statistics to
back up with claim on a problem. This
would be where you would do research. Be
sure you use a primary source (article, academic study) and not something like
Wikipedia or About.com. Choice 2: Create a Television
Program A backer has offered you money to
create and produce a television program. The television program could be educational
or entertaining. It could be a sitcom,
drama, news program, talk show, or reality show. If you chose this option, it should
target a segment of the U.S. population.
Please consult the U.S. Census Bureau, .census.gov/”>http://www.census.gov/.census.gov/”>. This
is a requirement for one of your sources.
Please also consult two other
sources (do not use Wikipedia or About.com) to flesh out your essay. Then, write an essay outlining the following: 1. What
is lacking with regards to television programming for a certain target market; 12.
Why your type of programing would meet that
need; 3.
What your show would contain. Choice 3: Alternative EnergyAfter a town has been devastated by a hurricane, you have
been hired to help upgrade its power utility structure. As such, research an alternative source of
energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, biomass or hydrogen and argue
why the town should adopt this type of energy to light its homes, buildings and
factories. Some sources to consider: 1.
National Geographic, .nationalgeographic.com/video/alternative-energy”>http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/alternative.nationalgeographic.com/video/alternative-energy”>-.nationalgeographic.com/video/alternative-energy”>energy.nationalgeographic.com/video/alternative-energy”>2.
U.S. Department of Energy, .energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources”>http://www.energy.gov/science.energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources”>-.energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources”>innovation/energy.energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources”>-.energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources”>sources.energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources”> l Page 2

 

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