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Parts Required for the Formal Report:
Prefatory Parts: Cover, Title fly, Letter of Transmittal, Table of Contents, List of Illustrations
Text Parts: Introduction, Body, Summary, Conclusions, Recommendations
Supplementary Parts: Appendixes, References
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ENGL227FormalReport
Inthisassignment,studentswillworkindependentlytowriteashortformalreportthatanalyzesasituation
andprovidesrecommendations.ThiscourseprojectwillsatisfyTCOs6and12.
Overview
FormalReportTopic
PartOne(DueWeek6)TableofContentsandIntroduction
PartTwo(DueWeek7)FormalReportinFull
HowtheFormalReportAssignmentisGraded

Overview
Inthisassignment,studentswillanalyzetwopossiblecareerchoices,andthenwriteaformalanalytical
reporteffectivelypresentingarecommendationtopursueoneofthecareers. Thisprojecthastwoparts:






Partone,theTableofContentsandIntroductorySection,isdueattheendofweek6.

Parttwo,thereportinitsentirety,isdueattheendofweek7.
Studentsareencouragedtobeginworkonthecourseprojectnolaterthanweek5 ,readingthe
projectdirections,readingChapters13,14,and15,and,iftimepermits,doingpreliminary
research.

Formal Report Topic
ThisassignmentisbasedonCaseNumber4onpage490ofchapter15,Pickingthebetterpath:
Researchreportassistingaclientinacareerchoice.Important:Pleasetakenoteoftheadditional
instructionshere,asthecasehasbeenmodifiedtosuitourclassobjectives.
Heresthesituation:YouworkforOpenOptions,acareercounselingfirm,whereyourmainfunctionis
tohelpclientsmakecareerchoices.Readandfollowthedirectionsonpage490inchapter15.Yourreport
shouldincludethefollowing:




Informationfromaclientinterview(interviewyourself)



Researchfromatleasttwocrediblesourcestoinformtheclientandtosupportthe
recommendation



APAcitationsforallresearchedinformation(intextparentheticalcitationsandareferencelistat
theendofthereport)



Formalreportformatting

Acomparisonofatleastfivemajorareas,suchaseducationrequirements,salaryexpectations,
etc.

Youwillneedtoconductoutsideresearchaboutcareerchoicesandsalariesforthisreport,andyou
willneedtociteyoursourcesusingAPAcitations.Concludetheformalreportbymakinga
recommendationfortheclient(you)topursueoneofthetwocareersyouresearch.YourreportMUST
beformattedasaformalreport.

Part One (Due Week 6) Table of Contents and Introduction
Yourassignmentthisweekistowriteyourformalreportstableofcontentsandintroduction,usingformal
formatting.Tocompletethisassignment,youwillneedtohaveagoodplaninplaceforyourformalreport.I
encourageyoutousethethreestepprocesswevebeenstudyingthissession.(Theformalreportisduein
itsentiretyattheendofweek7.Inweek6,onlythetableofcontentsandintroductionaredue.)

Inweek6,yourassignmentshouldincludethefollowing:



Atableofcontentsusingformalreportformatting.(Notethatpagenumbersarenotnecessary
thisweek,asyouwillnothavewrittentheactualreportyet.Pagenumbersshouldbeaddednext
week,though,whenyoucompletethereport.)



Thetableofcontentsshouldincludefirstandsecondlevelheadings,liketheexampleonpage
460inchapter15.



Includeanintroductorysectionfeaturingthefollowingfourparts(seepage462inchapter15for
anexample,andseepage432inchapter14foracompletedescriptionofreportintroductions):

o Introduction
o Purpose,Scope,andLimitations
o SourcesandMethods

o ReportOrganization


IdentifyatleasttwocrediblesourcesyouwilluseinyourproposalintheSourcesandMethods
section.




Useformalreportformatting.
Befreeofgrammar,spelling,andpunctuationerrors.

Part Two (Due Week 7) Formal Report in Full
Inweek6,youplannedtheformalreportandwrotetheTOCandintroduction.Inweek7,youwillcomplete
theformalreport.(YoumayneedtorevisetheTOCandIntroduction,basedonthefeedbackyoureceive
fromyourinstructor.)
Inweek7,yourassignmentshouldcontainthefollowing:


Beformattedasaformalreport,followingtheguidelinesformalreportsinthetext(includingthe
guidelinesforheadingsandsubheadingsfoundinfigure 14.7onpage440);



Includeappropriateprefatory,text,andsupplementalparts(Theformalreportshouldcontain
appropriateprefatory,text,andsupplementalparts,includingthefollowing:acoverand/ortitle
page;aletteroftransmittal;atableofcontents;thefourpartIntroductorySectionfromweek6;
appropriatelylabeledbodysections;andappendices,suchastheclientinterviewandlistof
references.Seefigure15.2onpage456inChapter15foradiagramshowingallpossibleformal
reportparts.Yourreportdoesnotneedtocontainalloftheseparts,butshouldcontainmostof
them.);



Fullyanswerthequestionposedinthetext,consideringallofthebackgroundinformation
providedandfulfillingthepurposeoutlinedintheYourTasksection(thewordcountfortheintro,
body,andconclusionshouldbe12501750words);



Useatleasttwocredibleresearchedsourcesappropriatelyandeffectively;



IncludeproperdocumentationusingAPAstyle(bothintextandendoftextcitations please
checkyourworkusingturnitin.com);and



Befreeofspelling,grammar,andpunctuationerrors.

Note:Visualaidsareentirelyappropriateforthiskindofreport,buttheyarenotrequired.Ifyoudecideto
usevisualaids,becertaintoadheretothestandardswehavestudiedpreviouslyinthiscourse.
PartsRequiredfortheFormalReport:
PrefatoryParts:Cover,Titlefly,LetterofTransmittal,TableofContents,ListofIllustrations
TextParts:Introduction,Body,Summary,Conclusions,Recommendations
SupplementaryParts:Appendixes,References

How the Formal Report Assignment is Graded
TheFormalReportAssignmentwillbegradedaccordingtothecriteriasetforthintheRubricsfor
weeks6and7,locatedinDocSharing.

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