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Part One (Due Week 6) Table of Contents and Introduction, I would like both careers to be in the technology field or something else. I need an introduction and a table of contents. Thank you!
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ENGL227FormalReport
Inthisassignment,studentswillworkindependentlyto writeashortformalreportthatanalyzesasituation
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.Your
reportshouldincludethefollowing:





Informationfromaclientinterview(interviewyourself)
Acomparisonofatleastfivemajorareas,suchaseducationrequirements,salaryexpectations,
etc.
Researchfromatleasttwocrediblesourcestoinformtheclientandtosupportthe
recommendation




APAcitationsforallresearchedinformation(intextparentheticalcitationsandareferencelistat
theendofthereport)
Formalreportformatting

Youwillneedtoconductoutsideresearchaboutcareerchoicesandsalariesforthisreport,andyou
willneedtociteyoursourcesusingAPAcitations.Concludetheformalreportbymakinga
recommendationfortheclient(you)topursueoneofthetwocareersyouresearch.Yourreport
MUSTbeformattedasaformalreport.

ResearchHelp
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
Yourassignmentthisweekistowriteyourformalreportstableofcontentsandintroduction,usingformal
formatting.Tocompletethisassignment,youwillneedtohaveagoodplaninplaceforyourformalreport.
Iencourageyoutousethethreestepprocesswevebeenstudyingthissession.(Theformalreportisdue
initsentiretyattheendofweek7.Inweek6,onlythetableofcontentsandintroductionaredue.)

FormattingHelp
Viewthisweekstutorial,whichwillshowyouhowtousetheoutlineviewofMSWordto
createatableofcontents.Usingtheoutlineviewwillmakeformattingyourtableof
contentsandreportmuchsimplerthanformattingtheentireTOCmanually!
Noticethatthereareslightdifferencesbetweenformal reportsandformalproposals.
Whenreferringtochapters1316,makesureyourefertothepassagesthatpertainto
formalreports.

Inweek6,yourassignmentshouldincludethefollowing:






Atableofcontentsusingformalreportformatting.(Notethatpagenumbersarenotnecessary
thisweek,asyouwillnothavewrittentheactualreportyet.Pagenumbersshouldbeaddednext
week,though,whenyoucompletethereport.)
Thetableofcontentsshouldincludefirstandsecondlevelheadings,liketheexampleonpage
460inchapter15.
Includeanintroductorysectionfeaturingthefollowingfourparts(seepage462inchapter15for
anexample,andseepage432inchapter14foracompletedescriptionofreportintroductions):

o
o

SourcesandMethods

o




Purpose,Scope,andLimitations

o


Introduction

ReportOrganization

IdentifyatleasttwocrediblesourcesyouwilluseinyourproposalintheSourcesandMethods
section.
Useformalreportformatting.
Befreeofgrammar,spelling,andpunctuationerrors.

Part Two (Due Week 7) Formal Report in Full
Inweek6,youplannedtheformalreportandwrotetheTOCandintroduction.Inweek7,youwill
completetheformalreport.(YoumayneedtorevisetheTOCandIntroduction,basedonthefeedback
youreceivefromyourinstructor.)
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.

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

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