The purpose of this assignment is to have students focus on a problem or issue, make a logical argument, and assert a position. During your research, you will not simply describe a topic, but critically give thoughts and opinions about it. All learners will clearly state the paper’s thesis—the main idea put forth while drawing on ideas and theories from others in the field who have written about the topic. Since command decisions demand timely and accurate information, senior staffs leaders must be able to locate, extract, and provide the needed information quickly and accurately. The purpose of the Haines paper revolves around this intent while also adding new and fresh perspectives to existing information by collecting, analyzing, and conducting research on an approved topic culminating in the construction of an argumentative research paper.
Haines paper will show students how to use valuable tools and research methods that will help them in any position within the Department of Defense.
Point of Reflection for the assignment:
The Haines paper is an argumentative paper. What does that mean? Must be debatable and must supply other perspectives that are opposite of your opinion. An argumentative research paper consists of an introduction in which the writer clearly introduces the topic and informs the audience exactly which stance the writer intends to take; this stance is often identified as the thesis statement.
Your thesis must be clearly stated, focused, and included in your paper as the last sentence of your introduction paragraph and in your conclusion paragraph. A sample outline in provided in your references section of BB. American Psychological Association (APA) is the standard format for the entire paper (Purdue O.W.L.)
Minimum of three and no more than five pages (not including the title page, reference page or any appendices used). Student will not have pictures, diagrams, chart, or sketches within the paper. They may be attached as appendices. All papers will have a minimum of four level one headings with the conclusion paragraph counting as a level one heading. No passive voice.
See SMC-DL 1009W for assessment requirements.