Each week, students will first need to finish reading assignments and then respond to topics in the Discussions area. There will be two weekly Discussion questions that span the required reading and that reference Azure Valley, focusing on the Proposal Component for that week. To ensure you are staying current with Discussions, you will need to post one original comment and at least one response to a comment made by a classmate for each Discussion topic. The first of two weekly Discussions—both post and responses—is due Wednesday each week; the second is due Sunday.
Weekly Dropbox Assignments
Funding Proposal Components: Each week you will complete the assigned Proposal Component and submit it to Dropbox. You will develop the assigned Component based on the week’s reading assignment and discussion topics. You will submit each week’s Component by Sunday at 11:59 pm.
I will grade the paper and offer tips for strengthening your component. I will then return your assignment for further editing. You will add all eight of your revised components to your final project, the Funding Proposal.
For the Proposal Components, you will use a memo or proposal style of writing. This calls for very tight, succinct writing using an active voice and a block style format. You may use bullets to highlight key points or to better organize your work, but you must also include paragraphs explaining your work.
When communicating with funders, you must avoid being wordy or flowery, but you should always make your point in a way that is compelling and convincing. To best deliver your message, you should use basic language with good sentence structure while also being persuasive and while providing sufficient detail.
Keep in mind that each Proposal Component is both a complete and independent assignment as well as a key piece of a larger, comprehensive document.
Each Component will be worth 20 points, and they will be graded on the following criteria:
1) Demonstrated comprehension (10 points)
2) Writing quality (5 points)
3) Formatting (5 points)
Journal Responses: Each week, you will submit a written response to one of two possible topics that are included in the syllabus/Content area of the course. These journal submissions should demonstrate that you are reading and comprehending the material, and they can include opinion statements as long as you support your argument. Written responses should be at least three paragraphs or one page, single-spaced and properly cited. Submit these to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59 pm.
Weeks 4 and 8 do not require a Journal Response because those are Midterm exam and Funding Proposal Project weeks.
Funding Proposal Project
This course will use a mock organization, Azure Valley Cornucopia, as a case study. Students will develop a general funding proposal based on the needs of this fairly new organization.
Each week, you will develop and submit one Component of the overall Funding Proposal. You will then have an opportunity to edit that assignment based on my comments, but you will not resubmit it. Rather, you will use the edited Component for inclusion in the completed Funding Proposal.
The completed Funding Proposal must be at least 12 pages in length, include all of the Components with your final edits, and be submitted as a single integrated document. You will add an Introduction that includes the following:
1) The main goal or impact of Azure Valley Cornucopia.
2) A specific request for funding based on the budget you create as one of the Components.
To complete the Funding Proposal, you will close with a Summary of what you are requesting in a few succinct statements.
When communicating with funders, you must avoid being wordy or flowery, but you should always make your point in a way that is compelling and convincing. To best deliver your message, you should use basic language with good sentence structure while also being persuasive and while providing sufficient detail. Use a 12-point font with 1-inch margins and page numbers. You may have components or sections that are not in a Word format. When that is the case, you will need to scan the entire document into a PDF before submitting to Dropbox.
I will read your proposal as would a funder; I want to be convinced that you know what your project is about and that it is valuable to me as a funder.
The Funding Proposal Project is worth 250 points. I will grade it on the following criteria:
1) overall construction and cohesiveness of the paper (50 points);
2) writing quality (70);
3) individual revised Components (10 points each for 80 points),
4) and the Introduction and Summary (25 points each for 50 points).
This project will demonstrate learning from the entire course. The complete Funding Proposal Project is due on Saturday of Week 8, so plan ahead!
This course will have a non-proctored midterm for which you will have 90 minutes, and a proctored final exam for which you will have 2 hours.
The Midterm will consist of 22 fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice questions.
The Final Exam will consist of 24 fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice questions. In both exams, there will also be two essay questions worth 20 points each. The essay questions will be graded on how well you demonstrate an understanding of the topic.
Note: The Final is a proctored exam. You will need to select a proctor and submit a Student Proctor Information Form no later than the end of the second week.
A NOTE ON WRITING STYLE
Because your final project is a complete funding proposal, you will need to write in a very tight, succinct memo or proposal style, using an active voice for all of your assignments. Cite your work, using the current APA style. You will find information on proposal/memo writing in the Resource Module found in the Content area of the course.
Keep in mind that I am available for questions, direction, and assistance. Please do not wait until the last minute to ask questions about assignments.