Atattched is everything you need to know about the assignment. You do not need to add audio to the powerpoint slide but if you want to I will add a bonus. If not that is fine as well.
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GBA 321 Formal Report Instructions
A Formal Report is due in Module 6. Each document that you prepare in this course has a
different required format. What is common across all of them is the applicability of the three-step
process to the planning, composing, and delivery of your message.
By no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 5, post a message on the Formal
Report Forum indicating which option you are planning on investigating for the Formal Report. If
you are interested in Option 4, you will need to get approval of the topic from the instructor.
You will submit the Formal Report no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 6.
You are also required to develop an Oral Presentation (accompanying audio-narrated
PowerPoint) for the Formal Report. Instructions can be found later in this document.
Options for the Formal Report:
Choice is a good thing, right? There are four options for the Formal Report:
Option 1: Imagine you work for a national employment/placement agency. Your clients
range from the first-time job seeker to the executive level. You specialize in working with
adults who have some work experience and who have just completed a BA or BS degree
from your alma mater, Saint Leo University.
The FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for List comes out each year in midJanuary (available at http://fortune.com/best-companies/). Your supervisor thinks it might
be useful and has asked you to prepare a report.
Specifically, she wants to know:
• Can establishing a working relationship with any or some or all of the companies
on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list help you do your job
• Are any, some, all of these companies potential employers for the Saint Leo’s
graduates you help find jobs?
• Are there specific companies that the agency should target to establish an
exclusive relationship with? Which ones and why?
Option 2: The Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education reform law (which was
signed into law January 8, 2002) ties federal aid for the schools to the school system
meeting academic standards and adhering to policies set by the federal government.
Prepare a report for your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives in which
• discuss the impact of this legislation on your local school system,
• present your recommendation for what should or needs to be done, AND
• detail a direct request for some specified action.
To find out who your representative is, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
and follow the directions.
Use information available at:
• US Department of Education NCLB http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml
• Education Commission of the States (a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization
with the mission to facilitate the sharing of education information among the
states) http://www.ecs.org/ (search NCLB),
• The American Federation of Teachers (the teachers’ union) http://www.aft.org/
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The National Education Association (a volunteer-based organization, heavily
involved with lobbying at both the state and federal level)
or other information to substantiate your analysis.
Option 3: Your immediate supervisor has stumbled across http://insecure.org/ —a site
run by a self-described hacker who is interested in network security and providing free
online information. Your supervisor wants to know how legitimate this guy is and has
asked you to provide her with:
• an over-view of the important issues in network security,
• your opinion on Insecure.org., and
• if possible, the applicability (if any) of the information from the site to your specific
Keep in mind as you prepare your report that your supervisor knows enough about
information systems to be able to follow your reasoning as long as you do not slip into
“High Geek Speak.”
Option 4: Let’s say, Options 1, 2, and 3 make you yawn. But, you do need to prepare an
analysis or some other type of formal report for your job, and you would like to use it for
this assignment. If you are interested in pursuing this option, email the course instructor
through the course email as soon as possible to discuss how best to move forward.
Format for the Formal Report:
Remember your audience as you plan, write, and complete your report. Your audience is under
no obligation to read your report: It is up to you understand your audience well enough to craft a
document that they will want to read.
The Formal Report assignment is a formal business report and should follow the conventions as
presented in Chapter 12: Writing Reports and Proposals and Chapter 13: Completing Reports
and Proposals. In other words, use these chapters of the text as your style guide! Other valuable
resources located in your text are Appendix A: Format and Layout of Business Documents, and
Appendix B: Documentation of Report Sources.
Use graphics (tables, charts, pictures, etc.) to assist you in illustrating your findings. Remember,
there is some real validity in the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words. Make certain to
refer back to the section in Chapter 12 on Producing and Integrating Visuals as you prepare your
report. Your report will be graded for: content, format, style, writing mechanics, and spelling.
For this report you will want to include:
• Title page
• Letter or memo of transmittal. (Depending on which option you pick, you will need a
letter or a memo. Letters go to individuals external to your organization, and memos
are for internal correspondence.)
• Table of contents and list of illustrations
• Executive summary or synopsis (In academic writing, this is called an abstract.)
• Introduction (must include problem/purpose, scope, background, limitations,
• Body (this is where you present your findings, discuss them, and interpret them, and
what do you recommend).
• Close (what where the key points? This is your call to action, what you want done.)
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• Appendix, if needed (material referred to but not included in the text which you want
your audience to see)
• References (listing of your sources)
Some FAQs about the Formal Report:
How long should it be?
To cover the assignment, you should plan on needing 4-6 pages of text. This is really
not very long if you include pictures and graphics in your report (strongly encouraged).
What format should be used?
Typically use one-inch margins all around, single-spaced. Use the reference material in the
appendices located in the back of the textbook for guidance regarding format. Pages need
to be numbered (note the conventions for prefatory pages) and can go either at the bottom
or top of the page. Use a font size of between 10 and 12 for the text. Use headers!!
Why is it single-spaced?
Increasingly readers are reading documents online or at least on a computer screen. Singlespaced is standard business format. Double-spaced is not as easy to read. Remember, the
idea is to make the document accessible so the reader reads it! Reader accessibility is also
why this report needs to be a single document and not assorted pieces.
How do I cite materials?
The standard for business is APA format. Use the reference material in the appendices
located in the back of the textbook for in-text citation and list of reference formats. Good
online sources for citing Internet materials in APA format can be found at APAStyle.org
My Turnitin Originality Report says I have not properly cited some of my sources and I
know that I have!
Most of the time you can see if you have a citation problem or if Turnitin’s decision
making algorithm flagged something that is, in fact, properly cited. If you are unsure,
contact your instructor to decide what needs to be done.
Oral Presentation Instructions:
Since we do not meet “live,” it is not possible for you to actually deliver your presentation to the
class; however, you can prepare an outline for about a 3-5-minute informative presentation for
your Formal Report, and then develop an audio-narrated PowerPoint presentation that
corresponds with your outline.
As a rule of thumb, a PowerPoint presentation is usually no more than one slide per minute;
otherwise, your audience is “watching” and not “listening.” For longer presentations, the rule
slides up to approximately three minutes per slide.
The topic of your presentation is the one you chose for the Formal Report.
You should begin working on the assignment during Module 5, and be prepared to post a draft of
your presentation to the Discussion Board no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of
Module 6. In addition to posting a draft of your presentation to the Discussion Board, you will also
provide feedback to at least two of your classmates’ presentations no later than Sunday 11:59
PM EST/EDT of Module 6. This is an excellent way to get ideas for future presentations you will
be doing. Your feedback to each other is very important, and you are encouraged to provide
feedback to more than two classmates.
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Make certain to incorporate the feedback you receive from your classmates (as appropriate) into
the final version of your presentation which you will submit to the Assignment box no later than
Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 7.
Your presentation should be designed as if you were presenting your report in a professional
workplace setting, only you will not be physically present to give your presentation. This way, your
audience can hear and see your presentation, but not see you.
Your presentation must be 3-5 minutes long and include slides containing information
appropriate for this type of presentation. Examples include:
• Other visuals appropriate for a professional presentation
Do not use Clip Art or similar visuals; this is a professional presentation; slides must not be
covered with paragraphs of writing. Include only short phrases (bullets) and visuals. You should
explain the content of each slide with your voice rather than with writing; you would not read
your report or slides in a professional setting. Do not simply read from your notes when
recording your presentation. Your words should flow smoothly as though you are speaking to an
audience rather than reading mechanically from your notes. Try to be animated when you speak
rather than speaking in a monotone. Try to engage your listeners and keep them interested in
what you have to say. Avoid using terms/phrases such as “you know” “um,” uh,” “like,” etc.
Your presentation will be graded on: content, coherence and organization, creativity, material use,
and time length.
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