The Final Project is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts covered in the course and build upon the skills and knowledge that you acquired in Projects 1, 2, 3 and 4 by researching a scenario or problem in the form of a case analysis.
The final cumulative project is based on developing your own scenario and researching a context for the situation or organization being investigated OR creating a solution for a current problem/organizational issue. You are encouraged to utilize a current problem or opportunity from your own work environment, if possible. If there is not a problem from a workplace, choose a topic you would like to engage with and learn more about. The final project is in two parts. In Unit 8, you will submit a:
PowerPoint presentation of your project in your initial discussion board post.
Final paper. Due on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. EST
Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare:
Read about and examine your topic thoroughly
Take notes, highlight relevant facts, underline key problems.
Focus your analysis
Identify two to five key problems
Why do they exist?
How do they impact the organization?
Who is responsible for them?
Uncover possible solutions
Review course readings, discussions, outside research, your experience.
Select the best solution
Consider strong supporting evidence, pros, and cons: is this solution realistic?
Your paper should include these sections:
Introduction: This section provides a basic overview of the situation to be analyzed. The Introduction should be approximately 1 page in length. The introduction is the broad beginning of the paper that answers three important questions for the readers:
What is this about?
Why am I reading it?
What do you want me to do?
The introduction should include a problem statement. A problem statement answers 4 questions: 1) what is the problem, 2) what is the magnitude of the problem, 3) where is the problem, and 4) why is it important to solve the problem? Problem statements are typically 4-5 sentences. Carefully consider your topic because the paper builds off of the problem statement and ultimately, it provides a measure of whether the solution is feasible given the description of the problem.