WRTG 394 Your next writing assignment will be a background review and synthesis of the
WRTG 394 students,
Your next writing assignment will be a background review and synthesis of the literature for the topic of your research-based report.
This assignment is designed to help you prepare for the final paper in WRTG 394. Keep in mind that your final paper in WRTG 394 will be a report in which you do the following:
define a problem in your workplace or community persuasively and accuratelypropose a solution or solutions to the problem or issue
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 UMUC’s 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 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:
Common reasons for resisting the move to a paperless officeCosts of transitioning to a paperless officeBenefits of transitioning to a paperless office
Examples of Topics and the Role of this Assignment:
For example, you might write a report on any one of the following. 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 toemployees at your workplace a report to your supervisor at work suggesting that email be used less frequently forcommunication 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 theplayground area in your community should be renovated a report to the manager of your unit at work noting that recycling facilities in theworkplace 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: