Assignment 2: Proposal Whether in industry or academia, problems occur that require action. Sometimes these solutions allow some part of the department...

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Assignment 2: Proposal
Whether in industry or academia, problems occur that require action. Sometimes these solutions allow
some part of the department or division to run more efficiently. Other times, these solutions contribute
innovative
studies
to a
larger body of ongoing research, such as
cancer treatment
, cold fusion, or artificial
intelligence. Before any work actually
can
be performed, however, the writer must convince his/her
audience that the task in question is absolutely
critical for success,
and worth the time, personnel, and
finances
expended for the effort.
The proposal is the format of choice for such an occasion.
Its structure
and content have been developed over time to achieve a singular goal: to persuade the reader
that
you
,
above a
nyone else, have the means to solve that problem.
In developing a proposal for this assignment, you will have two options:
1)
Management proposal
:
Consider the field
-
related groups of which you are a member
(student
-
run organizations, former/current intern
ships, industry associations, etc.)
, and propose an action
to the leadership
that will allow the group to run more effectively.
2)
Research proposal
: Write a proposal for an instructor in you
r
major field proposing a research
and report project that you w
ill conduct for course credit. Your broad goal is to convince the
instructor that you have identified a significant and feasible project, that your methods will achieve
the stated objectives, and that you can complete the project within the time and budge
t
constraints.
The following
are
required
components of
your proposal:
Cover Letter
Also called the Letter of Transmittal. Explains why you are submitting the
proposal and what problem is being addressed. The cover letter will typically offer brief
s
ummaries of the proposal objectives and parts, particularly those that the writer doesn’t want the
audience to miss.
Summary or Overview
What is this projec
t about, and what does the writer
propose to do?
How does this project relate to the audience’s i
nterests? How will this project be better than
similar one
s
the audience might fund?
Introduction
Often referred to as the Problem Statement or Needs Assessment. What is the
problem or need? Is the problem important? Is this the type of problem in wh
ich the audience is
interested? Does the writer have a grasp of the problem? Does the writer’s concept of the
problem match the audience’s?
Objectives
Exactly what will be the outcomes of the proposed work?
Plan: Methods, Dates
What will be done? In
what order? What methods will be used? Are
these the right methods to achieve the objectives? When will the project be complete? Are the
scheduling goals realistic?
Evaluation or Quality Control
What measures will be used to establish that the pla
n is
achieving the objectives? How will we know the plan is working?
Budget
How much will the project cost? How much will each component cost?
Are the costs
fair and reasonable for the work performed?
Even if the cost is “$0.00”, a budget is needed.
P
ersonnel and Qualifications
Who will do the work? Do they hav
e the qualifications
(education
, experience, interest) to do the work well? Are they the best qualified of the various
people who have applied to do the job? Do they have a record of success
in similar projects?
Conclusion
Does the writer restate the problem or need, summarize the proposed solution,
and remind the audience why the solution is beneficial to them?
Optional Components
Facilities and Equipment
What kind of specialized area a
nd/or tools are necessary to
complete the task?
 
Bibliography
What sources are used to inform the writer’s work? Is the list crafted after the
style manual of the field?
A Bibliography is required for a Research Proposal.
Formatting
2
-
5 pages (plus cove
r letter)
1
-
inch margins
Single
-
spacing
or
1.5 spacing
(NO DOUBLE
-
SPACING)
Professional, legible font (No Times New Roman, Courier, or Calibri)
Point size
range
between 10
-
12
Block paragraphing w/ paragraph breaks
Pages (w/the exception of page 1) must ha
ve running headers and page numbers
Cover Letter follows business letter formatting
NOTE: The cover letter is considered a
separate
document from the actual proposal. It is
not
the
first page of the proposal
 
 
 
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