Formal Written Report Assignment on Francesca’s Collections

FORMAL WRITTEN REPORT
Students will complete a short career exploration project in which they conduct company research on one
selected prospective employer of interest. The purpose of the short written report assignment is to present
the results of the career exploration project.
The short written report will contain five individual assignments completed during the first part of the
semester. Students who attend class regularly and complete each of the earlier assignments should not find
the short written report to require much additional time to complete.
Students are expected to complete and submit their own work. No portion of the short report—or any of the
preliminary assignments–may be copied from another student or undocumented source. Reports found to be
copied will receive a reduced grade based on the amount of copying. Likewise, students who knowingly or
unknowingly allow other students to copy their work will also receive a reduced grade based on the amount
of copying.
Assignment 1
Research One Company/Organization for General Company Information in at Least Five Secondary
Sources and Organize That Information into Three Main Topical Areas
A. Select one company or organization for which you would like to work after graduation. Do not
select an industry, product, or service. The company does not need to have an opening now for
a position of interest you. You may select a company or organization of any size, location, or
industry. You may select the same company/organization researched for Oral Presentation 1,
or you may select a different company. You may switch to a different company later if you
are unable to find the required information (Assignment 1B or Assignment 4) or simply lose
interest in the company.
B. Research the company selected in Assignment 1A in at least five secondary sources. The
desired company information may come from any five reliable sources (books, journal, Internet,
company website, social media sources, blogs, company employees, etc.). Information may be
taken from multiple sites from the company webpage—or from any webpage; however, those
multiple sites would be considered a single source.
C. Obtain information for any three company topics of interest (i.e., products or services provided,
company history, recent company news, customers, competitors, advertising or marketing
campaigns, financial information, competitors, etc.). At least one of the company topic areas
must be able to be subdivided into subtopics. Information for larger companies may be located in
the Hoovers Online (Mergent) electronic database, available through the University Library. In a
later assignment you will prepare a visual aid (Assignment 4) to include with the report, so be on
the lookout for possible statistical information that could be converted into a visual aid.
D. Complete the preparation outline, which appears inside the “Written Report Assignment”
Learning Module. The outline will be used in Assignment 2 to “flesh out” or develop the report.
Refer to the format shown in Format Guide 1.
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Assignment 2
Write an Essay That Summarizes Company Information Found in the Five Secondary Sources
Indicated in Assignment 2B.
Here are conditions required of the essay:
A. Write at least 2 full pages of text. Although graphics and vertical listings may be used, they
would not count in the 2 full page text requirement.
B. Paraphrase the entire essay. No quotations from any source may be used.
C. Write an introductory paragraph that satisfies the three components of an introduction listed on
page 449 inside Chapter 12 in the course textbook (purpose, significance, and preview).
D. Write the body of the report by “fleshing out” the points listed on the preparation outline. Use
three levels of headings. The first-level heading will be the word “Findings.” Notice on the
Assignment 2 Format Guide how to position and format the first-level heading. Place the
company information about the three main topics under second-level, or side headings (see
Format Guide example). Each of the main point sections must be developed into at least two
full paragraphs. At least one of the main topics must be subdivided. Place the information about
the subtopics under third-level or indented headings (see Format Guide example). Use section
previews to introduce points that will be developed in subheaded sections.
E. Insert in-text citations in every paragraph that contains secondary source information–if you
already know how to compose APA style in-text citations. If you don’t know how to prepare
APA style in-text citations, insert blank parentheses for now and insert them later in Assignment
3.
F. Do not use any personal pronouns in the report introduction and body sections. Also, do not
provide personal reactions to the company information. Personal reactions to the company
information will be included in the report conclusion.
Refer to the format shown in Format Guide 2.
Assignment 1
Assignment started: Week 1 (August 27-September 1)
Assignment finished: Week 2 (September 2-8)
Submitted & Graded?: No
Assignment 2
Assignment started: Week 3 (September 9-15)
Assignment finished: Week 4 (September 16-22)
Submitted & Graded?: No
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Assignment 3
Document Secondary Research Sources Used
A. Insert at least one APA-style in-text citation in every paragraph that contains information taken
from a secondary source—if this task was not completed in Assignment 2E. Information
obtained from interviews are considered personal communication, which are documented within
the report (in-text citations) but not on the reference page
The absence of in-text citations acknowledging secondary information would be considered
plagiarism. Information on APA-style documentation is available inside Appendix B and many
other sources. Make sure that all information from secondary information is paraphrased in your
own wording rather than copied directly from the original source. Copying the same wording as
used in the original source would also be considered plagiarism. No quotations are allowed.
A single incidence of plagiarism will automatically prevent the report from receiving an “A”
grade, regardless of the merits of the report in other areas. A second incidence of plagiarism
will automatically prevent the report from receiving a “B” grade, and so on. A report with no intext
citations at all will automatically receive a failing grade, regardless of the merits of the
report in other areas. Students are responsible for understanding plagiarism before submitting
their reports. Plagiarism is covered in Chapter 11 of the course textbook and many other
sources. Students wishing to contest the points lost for plagiarism may do so at a University
Academic Misconduct hearing.
B. Prepare an APA-style reference page that contains the five sources consulted in completing
Assignment 1B. Information on APA-style documentation is available inside Appendix B and
many other sources. Information obtained from interviews are considered personal
communication, which are documented within the report (in-text citations) but not on the
reference page.
Refer to the format shown in Format Guide 3.
Assignment 3
Assignment started: Week 5 (September 23-29)
Assignment finished: Week 6 (September 30-October 6)
Submitted & Graded?: No
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Assignment 4
Prepare One Graphic
A. Construct one graphic (table or figure) from secondary source data information, as indicated
below. Do not copy and paste a graphic found in a secondary source unless you receive written
permission from the graphic author. Show the written permission to the instructor.
Table. The table should contain at least two columns and three rows. Also, include these items:
(a) lead-in sentence, inserted at the appropriate location within the body (findings) section,
phrased similar to the example in Chapter 11 (11-5b, “Introduce a graph meaningfully”); (b)
numeric designation; (c) title; and (d) source notation.
Figure. The figure can be any type appropriate for statistical data, such as a pie chart, bar chart,
or line chart. Also, include these items: (a) lead-in sentence, inserted at the appropriate location
within the body (findings) section, phrased similar to the example in Chapter 11 (11-5b,
“Introduce a graph meaningfully”); (b) numeric designation; (c) title; and (d) source notation.
B. Insert the graphic prepared in Assignment 4A within the essay prepared for Assignments 2 and
3. Place the graphic’s lead-in sentence within the paragraph where the topic of the graphic is
covered. Place the graphic below the paragraph containing the graphic’s lead-in sentence. If
there is not enough room on the bottom of that same page to contain the graphic, place the
graphic on the top of the next page.
Refer to the format shown in Format Guide 4.