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Assignment: Short Informative Report

Student Name: Weight: 20%

Student ID: Marks: /100

? This may be an individual or small group activity. Complete the assignment outside of the class.

? Refer to the Course Schedule for the assignment due date.

? Review all instructions, restrictions, and marking criteria before starting the assignment.

Instructions

Write a short business report of three to five pages focusing on a Canadian business issue. Write the report on any one of the recommended topics listed in this assignment sheet or, if your instructor allows it, a topic of your own.

NOTE: If you decide to create your own topic, you must have it approved by your instructor. Reports on topics that have not been approved may not be awarded a mark.

Ensure that your assignment meets all of the requirements listed below. If you fail to meet one or more of these requirements, your assignment may be significantly penalized.

Restrictions

? For reports completed individually, they must be no less than three pages and no more than five pages long, not including front and back matter. For groups of two or three, consult with your instructor as to page requirements.

? You must directly incorporate a minimum of three credible, relevant sources of information. One of your sources may be an interview (in person or via telephone, email, or other media) with a credible, relevant exert.

NOTE: If working in a group, each group member is responsible for writing either the Executive Summary, Introduction, or Conclusion, AND each member must write one complete ?body? section of the report.

? You must accurately cite all of your sources using APA documentation.

NOTE: Citing your sources inaccurately or failing to cite your sources may result in a charge of plagiarism.

? Any facts or statistics you use must be Canadian, or you must show how these facts and statistics are relevant to a Canadian business perspective.

? Your report must follow all of the appropriate writing and formatting conventions described in this course. Refer to the Business Report Writing Guidelines document for further information.

Topics

For each of these topics, assume that your employer or manager asked you to write the report.

? Four of my employees have taken time off work because of repetitive strain injuries. What are the primary causes of repetitive strain injuries in a company like ours? What are some Canadian companies doing to prevent them?

? Our servers seem to be constantly tied up with employees? personal email and Internet searches. It would cost our company too much to increase our bandwidth or server size, so I?d like to ban employees from using our computers for personal email or Internet searches. In order to enforce this ban, I would have to monitor all of the transactions that our employees conduct on the Internet. What are the Canadian legal, ethical and/or financial issues involved in monitoring employees while they use the Internet?

? I?ve hired a person who requires a wheelchair to get around. In Canada, how am I legally and ethically obligated to accommodate this person so that they can work? (Think in terms of physical changes I might have to make to the workplace, equipment I may have to provide, and changes I might have to make to where, when and how the new employee works.)

? My high employee turnover is costing me a lot of money in lost training hours. What are some other Canadian companies doing to retain employees?

? I?ve just received a petition from some of my employees who have young children. They would like our company to sponsor an in-house daycare centre. I?d like you to write a report on how having an in-house daycare centre might benefit or hurt our company. Don?t worry about the financial costs; focus on issues like attracting and retaining employees (on the positive side) and insurance liability (on the negative side). Discuss what other Canadian businesses have done to incorporate daycare centres into their operations.

? Every year at the employee appreciation party, I worry about serving alcohol. For example, if one of my employees drinks too much and becomes injured during or after the party, will I be held liable? What are other companies doing about serving alcohol at parties? Make sure you discuss only Canadian issues of law and Canadian companies.

? I?m going to be finalizing a business deal with an important colleague from ____ (insert a country you might be interested in researching here). I want to make sure that my colleague feels respected. What do I need to know about the business culture of ____? Focus exclusively on issues that might arise from a business context, such as formally greeting a client, exchanging gifts with clients, showing respect, and negotiating and closing deals.

If your instructor allows it, you may choose your own topic. However, you must submit it to your instructor for approval before you begin working on it.

Important: Reports on topics that have not been approved by your instructor may not be awarded a grade.

Title of Assignment

COMN 220/COMM 1070

1 | School Name: Course Code/Name

1 Academic Services, COMN 220/1070: Communication and Presentation Skills
? 2021, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Marking Criteria

Please see the separate ?Final Report Rubric? for marking criteria.

COMN

220/COMM

1070

1

Academic Services, COMN 220

/1070

: Communication

and Presentation Skills

? 2021

, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

A

SSIGNMENT

:

S

HORT

I

NFORMATIVE

R

EPORT

Student Name:

Weight:

2

0

%

Student ID:

Marks:

/100

?

This may be an individual or

small

group activity. Complete the assignment outside of the

class.

?

Refer to the Course Schedule for the assignment due date.

?

Review all instructions, restrictions

,

and marking criteria before starting the assignment.

Instructions

Write a short business report of three to five pages focusing on a Canadian business issue.

W

rite the report on any one of the recommended topics listed in this assignment sheet or, if your

instructor allows it, a topic of your own.

NOTE:

If you decide to create your own topic, you must have it approved by your instructor.

Reports on topics that have not been

approved may

not be awarded a mark.

Ensure that your assignment meets all of

the

requirements listed below. If you fail to meet one

or more of

these req

uirements, your assignment may

be significantly penalized.

Restrictions

?

For reports completed individually, they

must be no less than three pages and no more

than five pages long,

not i

ncluding front and back matter.

For groups of two or three,

consult with your instructor as to page requirements.

?

You must directly incorporate a minimum of three credible, relevant sources of

information.

One of your sources may

be an interview (in person

or via telephone, email,

or

other media)

with a credible, relevant exert

.

NOTE:

If working in a group, each group member is responsible for writing either the

Executive Summary, Introduction, or Conclusion, AND each member must write one

complete ?body?

section of the report.

?

You must accurately cite all of your sources

using APA documentation

.

NOTE:

Citing your sources inaccurately or failing to cite your

sources may result in a

charge of plagiarism.

?

Any facts or statistics you use must be Canadian, or

you must show how these

facts and

statistics are relevant to a Canadian business

perspective

.

?

Your report must follow all of the appropriate writing and formatting conventions

described

in this course.

Refer to the Business Report Writing Guidelines docum

ent for further

information.

COMN 220/COMM 1070

1 Academic Services, COMN 220/1070: Communication and Presentation Skills

? 2021, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

ASSIGNMENT: SHORT INFORMATIVE REPORT

Student Name: Weight: 20%

Student ID: Marks: /100

? This may be an individual or small group activity. Complete the assignment outside of the

class.

? Refer to the Course Schedule for the assignment due date.

? Review all instructions, restrictions, and marking criteria before starting the assignment.

Instructions

Write a short business report of three to five pages focusing on a Canadian business issue.

Write the report on any one of the recommended topics listed in this assignment sheet or, if your

instructor allows it, a topic of your own.

NOTE: If you decide to create your own topic, you must have it approved by your instructor.

Reports on topics that have not been approved may not be awarded a mark.

Ensure that your assignment meets all of the requirements listed below. If you fail to meet one

or more of these requirements, your assignment may be significantly penalized.

Restrictions

? For reports completed individually, they must be no less than three pages and no more

than five pages long, not including front and back matter. For groups of two or three,

consult with your instructor as to page requirements.

? You must directly incorporate a minimum of three credible, relevant sources of

information. One of your sources may be an interview (in person or via telephone, email,

or other media) with a credible, relevant exert.

NOTE: If working in a group, each group member is responsible for writing either the

Executive Summary, Introduction, or Conclusion, AND each member must write one

complete ?body? section of the report.

? You must accurately cite all of your sources using APA documentation.

NOTE: Citing your sources inaccurately or failing to cite your sources may result in a

charge of plagiarism.

? Any facts or statistics you use must be Canadian, or you must show how these facts and

statistics are relevant to a Canadian business perspective.

? Your report must follow all of the appropriate writing and formatting conventions described

in this course. Refer to the Business Report Writing Guidelines document for further

information.

COMN 220/COMM 1070 Final Report Rubric

Excellent (E)

All the criteria are
fully
followed. Work meets/exceeds professional expectations.

Good (G)

Criteria are mostly followed with minor errors or omissions.

Needs Improvement (NI)

Most criteria are present but there are
substantial errors or omissions
negatively impacting the quality of the work and professionalism of the document.

Unacceptable (U)

Criteria are missing and/or have significant errors or omissions

. Work does not meet professional expectations.

Content

Expectations

SCORE

E

G

NI

U

Front Matter

/6 points

Cover Page (outer)

? descriptive report title

? graphic or image (sourced on back)

? writers? names

Title Page (inner)

? descriptive report title

? receiver?s name

? writers? names

? course code and section

? date of submission

Executive Summary

? informative style

? complete summary of report

? one page or less

Table of Contents

? proper headings with page numbers aligned

? lower case Roman numeral

List of figures and list of tables:

? all of the report?s visuals

? correct numbers, titles

? corresponding page numbers aligned

? lower case Roman numeral

6

5-4

3-2

1-0

Introduction

/5 points

? general introduction

? purpose

? background

? methods of research

? scope and limitations

? preview

5

4-3

2

1-0

Research Findings

/20 points

? provides accurate, relevant, and detailed analysis using specific evidence from research

? uses logical organization for topics/subtopics

? fulfills purpose

20-18

17-14

13-10

9-0

Conclusion

/3 points

? summarizes research findings

? draws conclusions out of findings

? no new information presented

3

2

1

0

Back Matter

/3 points

Appendix (ex. interview transcript)

? includes relevant info(i.e. interviewee name and date of interview)

? proper page numbers, titles

? professionally formatted

3

2

1

0

Organization

Expectations

E

G

NI

U

/3 points

? sections of document ordered according to Business Report Writing Guidelines

? proper paragraph structure

3

2

1

0

Research & Documentation

Expectations

E

G

NI

U

APA In-text references & Reference list

/20 points

? at least 3 credible sources

? proper in-text citations in APA

? complete References page entries in APA

? properly ordered References page

? appropriate conventions for incorporating paraphrases and direct quotations

? in-text citations and Reference page entries align

20-18

17-14

13-10

9-0

Style/Tone

Expectations

E

G

NI

U

Business Style

Professional Tone

/10 points

? precise and concise writing style

? parallel structure

? 3rd person (no 1st/2nd person pronouns)

? uniform style throughout

? consistent terms

? language is objective

? clear audience analysis

? professional and consistent tone

10-9

8-7

6-4

3-0

Format

Expectations

E

G

NI

U

Font & Headings

/5 points

? text aligned & spaced appropriately

? headings applied correctly

? font is consistent and professional

? correct pagination

5-4

3

2

1-0

Figures, Tables, & Lists

/5 points

Figures and Tables

? introductory content

? explanation of figure/table

? figure/table #

? descriptive title in title case

? labels

? professional figure or table

? in-text citation when required

? white space

Lists

? introductory sentence

? professional bullets

? parallel structure

5-4

3

2

1-0

Mechanics

Expectations

E

G

NI

U

Writing Mechanics

(points will be deducted

? for each error up to 20)

/20 points

? complete and varied sentences

? well-structured sentences

? correct grammar

? correct punctuation

? correct spelling

20-18

17–14

13-10

9-0

Total

/100 points

100-80

79-70

69-60

59-0

COMN 220/

COM

M

1070

Final Report Rubric

Excellent (E)

All the criteria are

fully

followed. Work

meets/exceeds

professional

expectations.

Good (G)

Criteria are

mostly

followed

with mino

r

errors or omissions.

Needs Improvement (NI)

Most criteria are present

but there are

substantial

errors or omissions

negatively

impacting the

quality

of the work and

professionalism of the

document.

Unacceptable (U)

Criteria are

missing and/or

have

significant errors or

omissions

.

Work does not

meet professional

expectations.

C

ontent

E

xpectations

SCORE

E

G

NI

U

Front M

atter

/6

points

Cover Page (outer)

o

d

escriptive

report

title

o

graphic or image

(sourced on back)

o

writers? names

Title Page (inner)

o

descriptive report

title

o

receiver?s name

o

writer

s

?

name

s

o

course code and section

o

date

of submission

Executive Summary

o

informative style

o

complete

summary

of report

o

one page or less

Table of Contents

o

proper

headings with page numbers

aligned

o

lower case R

oman numeral

List

of figure

s

and list of tables:

o

all of the report?s visuals

o

correct

numbers, titles

o

corresponding page numbers

aligned

o

lower case Roman numeral

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Introduction

/5

points

o

general introduction

o

purpose

o

background

o

method

s of research

o

scope

and limitations

o

preview

5

4

3

2

1

0

Research Findings

/

20

points

o

provides accurate, relevant, and

detailed analysis using specific

evidence from research

o

uses logical organization

for

topics/subtopics

o

fulfills purpose

20

18

17

14

13

10

9

0

Conclusion

/3

points

o

summarizes

research findings

o

draws conclusions out of findings

o

no new information

presented

3

2

1

0

Back Matter

/3

points

Appendix

(

ex.

interview transcript)

o

includes

relevant info(i.e. interviewee

name and date of interview

)

o

proper page numbers, titles

o

professionally formatted

3

2

1

0

COMN 220/COMM 1070 Final Report Rubric

Excellent (E)

All the criteria are fully

followed. Work

meets/exceeds

professional

expectations.

Good (G)

Criteria are mostly

followed with minor

errors or omissions.

Needs Improvement (NI)

Most criteria are present

but there are substantial

errors or omissions

negatively impacting the

quality of the work and

professionalism of the

document.

Unacceptable (U)

Criteria are missing and/or

have significant errors or

omissions. Work does not

meet professional

expectations.

Content Expectations

SCORE

E G NI U

Front Matter

/6 points

Cover Page (outer)

o descriptive report title

o graphic or image (sourced on back)

o writers? names

Title Page (inner)

o descriptive report title

o receiver?s name

o writers? names

o course code and section

o date of submission

Executive Summary

o informative style

o complete summary of report

o one page or less

Table of Contents

o proper headings with page numbers

aligned

o lower case Roman numeral

List of figures and list of tables:

o all of the report?s visuals

o correct numbers, titles

o corresponding page numbers aligned

o lower case Roman numeral

6 5-4 3-2 1-0

Introduction

/5 points

o general introduction

o purpose

o background

o methods of research

o scope and limitations

o preview

5 4-3 2 1-0

Research Findings

/20 points

o provides accurate, relevant, and

detailed analysis using specific

evidence from research

o uses logical organization for

topics/subtopics

o fulfills purpose

20-18 17-

14

13-

10

9-0

Conclusion

/3 points

o summarizes research findings

o draws conclusions out of findings

o no new information presented

3 2 1 0

Back Matter

/3 points

Appendix (ex. interview transcript)

o includes relevant info(i.e. interviewee

name and date of interview)

o proper page numbers, titles

o professionally formatted

3 2 1 0

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