Each week you will be given a discussion question that relates to the weekly topic. Provide insightful and thorough responses to the questions – they should be multiple paragraphs in length. Please format your posts in the MLA style. Your initial postings should be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT Wednesday of each week– you will not receive credit for late posts. You also need to respond to at least two other students’ postings. These responses should further the discussion of the topic.
Responses such as “I agree” and “Good post” will not receive any credit. Provide thoughtful responses, questions, or supporting material. Responses should be at least 50 words in length. These responses should be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of the assigned week except for Week 8 when they are due on Saturday – you will not receive credit for late posts. There are 20 points available for each week’s discussion – 12 points for your initial post, and 4 points for each of your 2 responses.
Each week you are required to find an article related to the assigned weekly subject area and provide a summary of the article. The summaries should be no more than one page and cover all the major areas of the article. Please format your summary in the MLA style. Along with the summary, provide a one-paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you. This analysis is in addition to the one-page summary. Please provide the URL for the article. Each week’s article summary is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday. Each article summary is worth 25 points.
Research Paper: Topic Submission
Your topic must be approved by your instructor. Topic submission due date is Sunday 11:59 PM CT of Week 2. You are encouraged to submit your topic as early as possible, as your initial choice of topic may be unacceptable or may need to be modified. Submit your topic in the Discussion area of D2L, under the heading “Research Paper: Topic Submission.”
The most common problem is selecting a topic that is too broad. For example, “The Effects of the World Wide Web on Office Productivity” is too broad a topic. There have been books written on this topic and it would be impossible to do it justice in a 15-page paper. Depth is more important than breadth when considering possible topics, so try to narrow down the topic. A wide variety of topics are appropriate and you are encouraged to pick a topic that is of particular interest to you. The topic you choose and the level of discussion is to be appropriate for a senior-level culminating experience course.
- Outsourcing IT – The internal and external effects
- Cyber Security – How to protect your company from attacks
- Strategic IT Planning – How to plan for growth
Research Paper: Draft Submission
First draft submission due date is Saturday 11:59 p.m. of week 4. Submitting the draft will earn you 75 points. This paper must be of original work. You cannot use papers from other classes and you cannot reference work you’ve previously turned in.
Research paper: Bibliography Upload
The bibliography for your research paper must contain at least 15 sources and be compliant with MLA standards. You must properly cite all source material in the body of the paper using MLA format. You are not expected to give references to articles from popular magazines/books such as Newsweek, Time, Omni,etc. Also, do not use wiki and other collaborative sources. All your resources should be approved through the instructor prior to using them to ensure proper source. Due 11:59 PM CT Saturday of Week 4, you will need to upload your bibliography in the Dropbox area of D2L. The instructor will review and provide comments should any of your resources not meet minimum standards. This will be worth 25 points.
Research Paper: Final Submission
Follow the below mentioned formatting rules:
- You must submit the Final Paper as a Microsoft Word document of at least 15 and no more than 20 pages in length (double-spaced).
- Pages must be numbered. Use MLA style for your citations.
- The Final Paper is due Wednesday 11:59 p.m. CT of week 8.
The Final Paper should include:
- Title page (which does not count in the 15-page requirement)
- Literature review
- Reference page(s) (which do not count in the 15-page requirement)
Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. Your paper will be checked for originality through turnitin.com. Ensure you understand plagiarism and MLA standards for citing your sources. Plagiarism will result in receiving zero credit on the assignment and will be reported.
Your final research paper should be submitted no later than Wednesday by11:59 p.m. CT of the 8th week of the term. The paper will be worth 400 points.
You are required to create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for your research paper. The PowerPoint should cover all main points of your paper and be easy to follow. Slides should have talking points only. Design should be professional; as if you are presenting to the president of your company. You are required to record your voice-over within PowerPoint, presenting your topic as you would to a classroom of IT professionals. Use your headset to “Record Slide Show” from within PowerPoint. This will enable me to download, open, and simply watch/listen to your presentation. The presentation will be uploaded to the Dropbox area of D2L Sunday 11:59 PM CT of Week 7. This is worth 100 points. The presentation should include the following:
- Title Page
- No more than 20 supporting slides
- Professional Template
- Slide transitions
- All graphs, statistics, and quotes must be cited properly.