The final project provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate various written skills learned throughout the course using a variety of communication modalities. The final project consists of the following two-parts: • Argumentative Research Paper • PowerPoint Presentation
INSTRUCTIONS Part 1:
Argumentative Research Paper
Identify a problem that is occurring in your state or profession/industry. Make sure your reader knows where the issue is located. For instance, if you are writing about an industry, identify the industry.
What is your connection to the problem? How does it impact your state or profession/industry, and who does it tend to impact the most? Thesis Statement: Increased stress in Aviation Maintenance Technicians should not be ignored, consequently it will contribute to a lack of confidence in mid-level management and the decision making process Follow the instructions below. 1. Write a 3-page (750 to 825 words), double-spaced, argumentative research paper supporting your solution or argument. Keep in mind, your goal as a writer is to defend your claim through scholarly research and convince your reader that your solution or argument is a logical and supported one.
2. Pick the solution or argument that you consider to be the best one from the research that you’ve done.
3. Include at least five scholarly sources and proper in-text citations in APA or MLA format.
4. Your paper must include a Works Cited or References page and acknowledge all sources that you summarize, paraphrase, and/or quote within the paper. Guidelines Your argumentative research paper should include a cover page if you are using APA and proper headers if you are using MLA.
The paper must include a minimum of five scholarly sources such as eBooks, books, journals, or webpages that end in .edu, .org, or .gov. As you prepare this paper, ask yourself the following questions:
• Have I established the context and purpose of my paper? • Have I clearly stated my thesis and established the central theme? • Have I defined the scope of my thesis and determined key concepts? • Have I selected information sources that relate to these concepts? • Have I used a variety of search strategies and appropriate information sources to access information? • Have I chosen sources based on multiple criteria such as relevance to the research question, currency, and authority? • Is my content appropriate and relevant?
• Have I made reference to readings as appropriate? • Have I communicated, organized, and synthesized information as appropriate? • Is my paper organized logically? Does my writing display focus and structure? • Have I correctly applied information use strategies concerning citations/references; choices among paraphrasing, summary, or quoting; use of information in the proper context; and choices about whether ideas are common knowledge or require attribution? • Have I considered the ethical and legal restrictions on the use of published, confidential, and proprietary information?
• Have I fulfilled the length requirement for the writing assignment and sufficiently addressed assignment criteria? • Have I properly documented sources of information? Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation Showing that you know and understand counterarguments to your position on a topic strengthens your argument in the eyes of your reader. It demonstrates that you have done your homework and considered all sides of an issue before establishing a position and offering a solution. Guidelines Imagine that you have been asked to present your argument at a conference on your paper’s chosen topic. Then, imagine a few scholars in the field who disagree with your claim are present in the audience. Additionally, during a question and answer session during the conference, consider two scholars countering your paper’s position.
Let your readers know what their arguments are and work to convince the audience that your position is the stronger one or that your solution is the better one. Both sides will have merit, but help your audience understand why your claim is the more logical and reasonable one.
1. Create a PowerPoint presentation with voiceover containing at least 6 slides that uses words, images, and narration.
2. Develop two of the strongest scholarly counterarguments against your paper’s claim (2 slides for each argument).
3. Convince the audience that their claims are weak, based on the research you conducted (2 slides). Do not demean the opposition, call them names, or directly attack their positions. If your argument is truly the stronger one, it should stand up against fairly presented academic research. You will record yourself orally giving the presentation while displaying the PowerPoint slides. ________________________________________
Note: This assignment corresponds to or addresses the following Undergraduate Institutional Learning Outcomes on Written Communication and Information Literacy: • Students communicate their ideas effectively in writing using text, data, and images as appropriate and in different genres and styles. • Students identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information for the problem at hand. Written Communication • Establish the context and purpose of the writing assignment or paper; the thesis is identified and central theme is indicated. (Purpose for writing)
• Use appropriate and relevant content that demonstrates sufficient command of the subject; provides a germane analysis of ideas; and includes references to readings wherever necessary. (Content development) • Logically organize material into well-formed paragraphs; writing has focus and structure. (Organization) • Fulfill the length requirement for the writing assignment and sufficiently address assignment criteria and explore concepts. (Expectations/completeness) • Support points and subpoints with sufficient detail, attribute sources as necessary, and link ideas; evidence relates to the purpose/thesis of the writing assignment or paper. (Evidence) • Properly document sources of information with in-text citations linking to Works Cited or References at the end of the paper; format may include a few minor errors. (Sources and documentation) • Write in complete sentences with mostly correct grammar, word choice, punctuation, and spelling; minor errors may exist but do not compromise meaning. (Mechanics) Information Literacy
• Define the scope of the research question or thesis and determine key concepts; types of information (sources) selected relate to concepts or answers the research question. (Determining extent of information needed) • Access information using a variety of search strategies and appropriate information sources. (Accessing needed information) • Choose a variety of information sources appropriate to the scope and discipline of the research question, after considering the importance of multiple criteria such as relevance to the research question, currency, and authority. (Evaluating information and its sources critically) • Communicate, organize, and synthesize information and achieve intended purpose. (Using information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose)
• Correctly apply three of the following information use strategies:
(1) citations and references;
(2) choice of paraphrasing, summary, or quoting;
(3) using information in ways that are true to the original context; and
(4) distinguishing between common knowledge and ideas requiring attribution. Demonstrate in the process a sound understanding of the ethical and legal restrictions on the use of published, confidential, and proprietary information. (Accessing and using information ethically and legally) ________________________________________
WRITING AND RESEARCH RESOURCES The following links provide online writing and research aids to help you with your paper assignments. • OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University • Writer’s Handbook, the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison • APA Guidelines