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Proposal Assignment Due: Sunday, Sept. 13, by 11:59 p.m. Maximum Points: 100 points Submission Requirements: Submit on or before the due date via Assessments in Blackboard by attaching your assignment. Format and Length Requirements: Use standard memo format (single-space) and 12 point Times New Roman font; Place each heading flush with the left margin and bold it. 1,200-1,400 words Introductory Comments about the Proposal Assignment Proposals are one kind of informal report. Research projects, reports, and papers often begin with a proposal to do research. A proposal serves several purposes: The proposal is a planning document for the writer in the sense that the proposal requires you to draft an outline for the future report or paper, create a thoughtful schedule of key tasks, list relevant sources, and so on. The goal is for you to actually use the plan that you develop as you write the report or paper. The proposal is a decision making tool for the audience . With a proposal, the audience might be an instructor, employer, thesis committee, book publisher, and so on. The audience for the proposal may or may not be the same audience as the audience for the future report or paper. Essentially, the proposal audience has the power to approve or reject your request to research, meaning the proposal audience decides if your plan is feasible and if the resulting document (or other deliverable) will make a significant contribution to the company or field of study. In this sense, the proposal's purpose is persuasive. Sections like the background section help your audience understand why its important for you to complete the research, while other sections (e.g., the outline, schedule, and methods sections) allow the reader to verify that your plan is strong (meaning that there is research available, that you have a reasonable schedule, etc.). Your Proposal Assignment will serve as a planning document for the Formal Report Assignment. For your proposal assignment, I am the audience who will approve or reject your request, but I will not be the audience for the formal report. For your report, you'll choose an audience that fits the topic and purpose of the formal report. You also get to choose your topic and purpose, but the topic should relate to a current problem in your field which you'll offer solutions for in the report.
Your topic must relate to your academic major. Proposals submitted on topics that do not relate to the student's major will be rejected and receive a "0." Note, we'll discuss topics and audiences informally in the Discussions in week 1. Once your proposal has been submitted and approved, you may not change your topic. ATTENTION BUSINESS STUDENTS Students who are earning a degree within UHV's School of Business are required as a part of the School’s AACSB accrediting to incorporate some aspect of diversity into their formal report topic. The formal report does not have to be entirely about diversity, but must include at least a subtopic that relates to diversity in business – for example,

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