WEEK FIVE GUIDANCE ENG328 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL WRITING

OVERVIEW

Week Five culminates with the submission of your Final Project – Recommendation Report that has guided your studies in ENG328 for the length of the course. You will put the finishing touches on your Final Project and write a Letter of Transmittal to accompany it.

WEEK FIVE DISCUSSIONS

Letter of Transmittal. 1st Post Due by Day 3. Your Letter of Transmittal should introduce the “primary reader to the purpose and content of the report” and “establishes a courteous and professional tone” (page 479). For a sample, see pages 488-489. Be sure to follow the guidelines in Chapter 18 and in the multi-media links provided under Required Resources in Week Five. Your Letter of Transmittal should be one page or approximately 250 words long.

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In your responses, highlight at least one specific thing that they did well (message, tone, organization, format, etc.) in their Letters of Transmittal and explain why. Constructive critique is also encouraged. Each response is required to meet or exceed 125 words.

FINAL PROJECT

Final Project – Recommendation Report. Due by Day 7. The purpose of the Final Project is to provide an opportunity to integrate your understanding of how to use technical writing skills to write a Recommendation Report based on a chain of relevant preliminary documents that you have produced in Weeks One through Four. The Recommendation Report should demonstrate your ability to apply course concepts in recommending an initiative or solution to a problem that you may experience in your current or future career. Use the topic from your Week One Proposal that was approved by your instructor. For reference again, the following are possible topics for your Final Project:

  • Environmental Cleanup Recommendation Report
  • New Energy Resource Recommendation Report
  • Senior Healthcare Facility Recommendation Report
  • Telecommuting Recommendation Report
  • School Nutrition/Fitness Recommendation Report
  • Business Market Recommendation Report
  • Educational Grant Recommendation Report
  • Topic of your choice Recommendation Report (needs approval from instructor)

Continue to research the topic you chose in Week One and expand the body of your Recommendation Report from the Week Three rough draft. The report should show ongoing consideration of the primary and secondary audiences that you analyzed in Week One.

Your Recommendation Report must be eight to ten pages in length, exclusive of title page, references page, glossary, and any other appendices. All of the sections below should incorporate any revision suggestions that your instructor offered on the Week Three Assignment.

The Final Project must include:

  • A title page (page 479).
  • A letter of transmittal (pages 479, 488-489).
  • An abstract (pages 479-480, 491). This will provide an overview of a problem and solution relating to the larger Recommendation Report.
  • A table of contents and corresponding page numbers (pages 480-481, 492). This table should closely correlate with subheadings, and figures in the body of the Recommendation Report.
  • A table of graphics/illustrations (pages 481, 483). This table should closely correlate with subheadings, and figures in the body of the Recommendation Report.
  • A one-page executive summary (pages 483-484, 493).
  • Body, including an introduction (problem, solution, background, data sources, scope and limitation) that ends with a clear thesis statement or initiative to solve the identified problem, methods, results, conclusions, and recommendations (pages 476-478, 489, 491, 493, 495, 509).
  • A concluding paragraph that restates the paper’s main ideas (pages 478, 488, 507).
  • Effective, useful, and properly cited graphic aids (minimum of three). For citation guidance, see pages 294-335.
  • Glossary that provides a comprehensive overview of specialized terminology appearing in the Recommendation Report (pages 476, 484, 486-487).
  • Include at least four sources (from Week One Assignment) in addition to the course textbook that are amply and appropriately cited in the text of the document and listed on the Reference page. Two sources must be scholarly journal articles from the Ashford University Library.
  • References page in APA format (pages 486-487, 510).

For information regarding APA style, visit the Ashford Writing Center.

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