Posted: March 17th, 2022
COM 210: Writing at Work Project #1: Innovation Informal Report 1 The Innovation Project For your first major project in this course, you will write an informal report addressing how an innovation from within the last 2-3 years could be applied to your unit or department at work. Your report must: ? Be in the form of an informal report, including heading and formatting elements ? Be 600-1200 words long, not including the addendum ? Reference at least 3 reliable sources ? Cite sources using either APA style or “neat” links where a web address is embedded in text using descriptive hyperlinks (here is an example of a “neat link”) ? Address the audience (in this case, your direct supervisor) as an educated and involved reader who is not necessarily an expert on the topic ? Use standard English and avoid jargon and technical language The final submitted draft of this assignment is worth 20% of your final grade. Detailed Instructions The title of the report must be in the form: “A Recent Innovation in [the particular field]: [the specific innovation].” Example: a report on software that is a radical improvement to Blackboard entitled: “A Recent Innovation in Online Education: New Software, ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Blackboard’” Content Requirements: In addition to fulfilling the above requirements, your informal report must include the following: ? Context in the form of a brief description of your department in the organization where you work and the field in which the innovation has occurred The organization can be your invention or a real workplace, but it must have some connection to the field mentioned in your title. ? Clear explanations of what the breakthrough is and how it works. Keep in mind that a “breakthrough” is not necessarily good or beneficial. Cloning or atomic weapons were undoubtedly innovations in their fields, but they are not universally regarded as positive developments. ? Summaries of 2-4 differing opinions of this innovation These can be pro and con or can emphasize different kinds of benefits or risks. ? At least one suggestion for how the innovation might be implemented in your department or unit For example, a report on “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Blackboard” might suggest that it be tested first in 2 or 3 courses taught by technically proficient instructors and to junior or senior level students, and that a questionnaire/survey be developed for each participant to assess the software ? An addendum with resources for further investigation, including the research sources you have referred to in the body of the document.
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