Feasibility Report Word Count and Setup Requirement: Polished, properly formatted, 8+ page

Feasibility Report

Word Count and Setup Requirement:

Polished, properly formatted, 8+ page report (plus a cover page and a References page)

4 or more research sources

APA cover page, in-text citation, and References page

12-point Times New Roman font

Double-spaced lines

3rd person point of view

WHAT: Research and write an 8+ page Feasibility Report that offers a specific solution to an actual business-related problem at a real company. This can be a company that you worked at or a company that you read about in the news media.

HOW: Use the steps in process writing to determine the problem and the solution that will be described in this assignment.

Example business-specific problems:

Facebook selling users’ private information (without their consent) to Cambridge Analytica.

Volkswagen’s automobile emissions scandal.

Fox News’ firing of Bill O’Reilly.

Adidas’ insensitive Boston Marathon email.

United Airlines’ removal of a passenger.

Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Here are some questions to consider before drafting the report:

What is the specific problem you will discuss in your Feasibility Report?

Have the problem and solution been narrowed in scope to be described within the limits of this paper’s page count?

What action do you want to convince the audience to do/accept?

Will the report attempt to solve an internal organizational problem?

Who is the target audience?

Will the Feasibility Report be addressed from one department in the organization to another? Or will it be from an individual to a department within the organization?

Who has the power to approve the recommendations in your report?

What research findings will you need?

How much background information will be needed to ensure the audience understands the problem and the need for solution?

What specific research findings will best support your description of the problem and your proposed recommendations for change?

As you develop your Feasibility Report for this course, keep in mind the final draft of the assignment must consider only a single, feasible solution to a problem at a real business.

The essay must also use the APA citation style.

Rhetorical Structure: The Feasibility Report must contain these required sections:

Title/cover page

Table of Contents

Abstract

Introduction (overview, background)

purpose of report

problems that motivated report

person who initiated report

Discussion (body, findings)

criteria upon which recommended solution will be based

data/research findings

analysis of data against criteria

Conclusion

summary giving significance of findings and drawing conclusion based on data/findings in report

recommendation for next steps or course of action to be taken based on discussion in report

References

A Peer Review session is scheduled for the advanced draft of this assignment; participation in Peer Review as a reviewer and reviewee is required. Further details about Peer Review will be provided at a later time.

REMEMBER to SUBMIT your draft(s) to your WRITING SPECIALIST in your Online Writing LAB (ENG 3106). Your OWL WRITING SPECIALIST will help you develop a polished, well-crafted final version of your work.

WHY: The Feasibility Report is an informative, analytical business document that uses research to persuade an audience to accept and/or implement a particular solution in response to a defined issue or need at an actual business. Feasibility Reports are most commonly designed to do one or more of the following:

communicate a recommended solution from one business or department to another;

communicate a recommended solution from an individual to a business or department;

solve an internal organizational problem.

This assignment allows you to demonstrate understanding of rhetorical appeals and definitions used in this type of business communication. It reinforces knowledge of writing as a process in which personal and collaborative skills are used in service of substantive revision.

Academic Format, Citation and Integrity Resources:

Please view this link to learn how to format in-text citations or make a references page:

https://guides.lib.unc.edu/citing-information/apa-in-text

Please view this link to learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it:

http://subjectguides.lib.neu.edu/plagiarism

Aspects to Review Prior to Submission of Feasibility Report

Have I clearly identified the actual (real) business and the problem they have?

Does my Feasibility Report provide a single, viable solution to a defined problem?

Have I effectively presented information for each of the Feasibility Report’s required sections?

Have I used research effectively, incorporating quotes and paraphrases successfully? (Review this topic at http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/tlc/tipsheets/writing/integrating-quotes.pdf )

Have I correctly presented APA citation format to document sources I used for the report’s information? (Review this topic at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ )

Have I used 4 or more research sources in the text of the report and properly listed them in APA format on the References page?

Is my final draft more than 10+ pages in total length (8+ pages of content, 1 cover page, 1 References page)? Is it 12-point Times New Roman font?

Is my final draft presented in 3rd person point of view?

Is my text grammatically correct? (Review common grammar mistakes in A Writer’s Reference, chapters titled “Grammatical Sentences,” “Punctuation and Mechanics,” and “Basic Grammar” at Top 20 Errors with Examples)