assignment will be a background review and synthesis of the literature for the topic of your research-based report.
Steps to Take in Completing this Assignment:
Locate at least seven articles on your topic. At least four articles should come from scholarly journals or credible trade journals. You should use OneSearch through UMUCs Library and Information Services or individual databases through the library for your research.
Take notes, perhaps by applying the skills from your annotated bibliography exercise, on each article.
Write a synthesis of the articles. The synthesis will be 1000-1400 words.
In your synthesis, you will group the themes of the articles. For example, if you have collected seven articles on the topic of paperless offices, you might find that three major themes emerge from your perusing of the seven articles:
o common reasons for resisting the move to a paperless office
o costs of transitioning to a paperless office
o benefits of transitioning to a paperless office
Examples of Topics and the Role of this Assignment:
You might write a report on any one of the following topics. Please note that these are examples of topics. You might not choose any of them. They are provided here to help illustrate this assignment.
a report to your manager at work suggesting that more teleworking options be given to employees at your workplace
a report to your supervisor at work suggesting that email be used less frequently for communication and that another application be used to improve communication.
a report to your manager at work suggesting that your office become paperless
a report to the board of directors at your townhouse community to argue that the playground area in your community should be renovated
a report to the manager of your unit at work noting that recycling facilities in the workplace should be improved
In any report of this nature, some background research is necessary. For example, consider the
following strategies when collecting background research for the topics mentioned above:
For a report to your manager at work suggesting that more teleworking options be given
to employees at your workplace, some research studies on teleworking would be very
For a report to your supervisor at work suggesting that email be used less frequently for
communication and that another application be used to improve communicatio n, some
scholarly literature or articles from credible trade journals on transitioning to alternative
electronic communication would be beneficial. In addition, articles that demonstrate the
problems with email communication would add to the argument.
For a report to your manager at work suggesting that your office become paperless, some
scholarly literature on paperless offices would be effective.
For a report to the board of directors at your townhouse community to argue that the
playground area in your community should be renovated, some scholarly articles or trade
journal articles on the benefits of playground areas for communities, the benefits of
exercise for young children, the effect of such playground areas on home values, etc.
would be effective.
For a report to the manager of your unit at work arguing that recycling facilities in the
workplace should be improved, some scholarly articles or studies on the challenges of
and benefits to implementing recycling facilities in organizations would be persuasive.
Of course, there are varieties of recycling programs. The articles you find would help
define what type of recycling program you would propose.
Length of your paper:
As noted above, your background review of the literature on your topic should be 1000-1400
words in length.
The sources should be cited throughout the paper in APA format and listed in a References page
at the end of the paper in APA format