In Week 8, your Formal Proposal should contain the following:
- Be formatted as a formal proposal, following the guidelines for formal proposals in the text (including the guidelines for headings and subheadings found on pages 426-439).
- Include required front matter (Title Page and Transmittal Correspondence) and end matter (References).
- Include an Introduction (first-level heading) with four second-level headings of fully developed text: Background of the Problem, Statement of Purpose, Sources and Methods, and Report Organization.
- Fully explain the “green” strategy you are proposing. (The word count for the introduction and body should be 1250-1750 words). The Discussion will have the following second-level headings:
Solution and Benefits: Identify your solution and discuss its benefits. Include a visual.
Cost: This section should include individual costs to the organization, but may also include any cost savings that may be realized. Include a table to help readers visualize what is presented in this section.
Conclusion and Recommendation: Review the issues that led to the proposed solution and clearly state the recommendation you want the reader to implement.
- Conclude with a brief statement that expresses a positive sentiment or statement.
- Include References page (at least six credible sources in SPA format). Include appendices (if applicable).
- Include two visuals: a figure that helps explain the recommended green strategy and a table under the Cost section that clearly represents the data being explained. Visual aids and their inclusion must adhere to the standards presented in Chapter 9 (specifically refer to Integrating Visuals with Text on page 244).
- Use at least six credible researched sources appropriately and effectively.
- Include proper documentation using SPA style (in-text citations and References page); please check your work using the Dropbox/Turning.com.
- Be free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
A successful Formal Proposal will include the following:
- The revised (as indicated by the professor in the Week 6 graded assignment) Introduction section and organization of the report.
- The Introduction includes all four sections with fully developed original text appropriate for each section.
- Evidence the writer fully grasps the purpose/goals of the proposal assignment, including selecting the appropriate organizational approach.
- Body of proposal is properly formatted, with at least two heading levels.
- Well-developed content that is written in the student’s own words (Introduction and Body of the report should be between 1250-1750 words. (The word count of the project does NOT include Title page, Letter of Transmittal, and References/Appendices).
- Sufficient research material to support ideas.
- Two visual aids (one figure and one table), properly placed, referenced, and cited.
- Direct quotes and/or paraphrases of outside material that are properly integrated into the text and cited (in-text and end-of text) per SPA guidelines.
- A References page that lists at least six credible sources.
- Proper use of formatting and style (e.g., bullets, headings, lists, etc.).
- An awareness and proper use of all 10 writing conventions for professional writing (as appropriate) covered in Week 2.
- Use of proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization; written in third person.
|Content, including visual||70||46.7||Fulfills the purpose of the assignment clearly and completely; quality of information; adequate support and development, including researched material; ideas work together as a unified whole; written in student’s own words; title page and transmittal correspondence have required information. Includes a table and a figure; visual aids are relevant and appropriate for the material presented; figure and table are embedded in text and aid understanding of content; visuals are referenced in the text and labeled, numbered and titled; source of visual aid is cited (if visual aid is not the student’s creation).|
|Structure/Organization/Format||40||26.7||Effective document design (e.g., includes at least two heading levels, billeted lists, page numbers, etc.); formatted correctly in appropriate medium; information presented in a logical arrangement using the appropriate organization; transmittal correspondence is formatted correctly as a memo.|
|References||20||13.3||A minimum of six (6) sources listed on the references page and in-text citations are used per SPA guidelines.|
|Style and Conventions||20||13.3||Written for intended audience; professional tone and style; employs clarity, conciseness, fluency, etc.; written in third person; free of grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. errors.|
|Total||150||100||A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|