.equella.ecollege.com/file/75d9345b-5ad7-467f-834b-68f4b1b3adaa/1/ACCT601_CH_TermPaper.html#top">Back to Top The ultimate result of your analysis will be a final term paper in APA format. The final term paper is due in Week 7, and an oral presentation will be presented by you in Week 7 or in Week 8 (see the instructor’s requirement for the class). Because the research and writing of the paper is a course-long project, a number of milestones and deliverables will need to be observed. As an overview, those steps are as follows. Get familiar with the Term Paper Template that should be used as a minimum format for your term paper. You can add sections if you want to break down your analysis into subjects. Use the template each week as you complete the sections to build toward your final term paper. Week 1 – Select your topic problem statement. Prepare a one page summary (double-spaced) describing your topic proposal problem statement. You should discuss what your topic is, between three and five areas that you plan to analyze about this topic, and how you plan to approach your research on this topic. Your problem statement should also explain how the topic fits with the course, the degree and your focus area. Submit your topic proposal problem statement to the Week 1 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 1. Your professor will review and approve your topic – or give you feedback and comments on your topic proposal. Week 2 – Submit a list of five-to-eight current references in APA format for your course project. Annotate your references – briefly describe the content of the reference and how it relates to your course project. Submit your Week 2 Term Paper list of references assignment to the Week 2 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 2. References are very important. At least five-to-eight references are required for the Week 7 paper. Anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable. At least three of those sources used should be from academic journals and/or professional publications. All sources should be current within the past 18 to 24 months from the Keller library. All references should be cited within the body of your work and listed on the last page of your term paper in a section titled "References." Week 3 – Complete the problem statement for your course project. You should discuss the topic problem for your term paper and a minimum of three to five problems that you intend to research related to your topic. Submit your Week 3 Term Paper problem statement assignment to the Week 3 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 3. Week 4 – Research and summarize a review of the literature on your topic – briefly describe the literature and how it relates to your term paper. Submit your Week 4 Term Paper literature review to the Week 4 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 4. The segment referred to as a “review of the literature” is intended as a starting point for your research. In effect, you should research what other experts and commentators have already analyzed with respect to the problem that you are scrutinizing. Week 5 – This week, you need to submit a draft of your term paper. Submit your Week 5 Term Paper draft to the Week 5 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 5. Week 6 – This week, you need to submit a draft of your term paper including your summary and conclusions. Submit your Week 6 Term Paper draft with summary and conclusions to the Week 6 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 6. Week 7 – Prepare an executive summary; finalize your term paper including executive summary and the finalized version of the term paper components that you completed in Weeks 1 through 6 – with references in APA format. Submit your Week 7 Final Term Paper to the Week 7 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Sunday at the end of Week 7. For the Week 7 paper, you should use the Term Paper Template which includes (in APA format): a cover page, table of contents, an executive summary, introduction, review of the literature, analysis and recommendations, summary and conclusion, appendix (if you want to include items in an appendix) and references. Appropriate headings should be used to designate the various sections of the paper. The paper should be in the range of a minimum of 15 pages, double-spaced, and 10-12 point fonts. The page count is of the content and, thus does not include the cover page, table of contents, appendix or exhibits, or references. References are very important. At least five-to-eight references are required for the Week 7 paper. Anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable. At least three of those sources used should be from academic journals and/or professional publications. All sources should be current within the past 18 to 24 months from the Keller library. All
eferences should be cited within the body of your work and listed on the last page of your term paper in a section titled "References." Weeks 7 and 8 – Oral Presentation - prepare a 10–15 minute oral presentation of the summary of your Term Paper. Submit your Weeks 7 and 8 Term Oral Presentation of your term paper to the Week 8 Term Paper Dropbox no later than midnight Tuesday of Week 8. Weeks 7 and 8 Oral Presentation will include the use of PowerPoint slides to be used as talking points with a 10–15 minute presentation. No more than 10 slides should be used. The oral presentation is intended as a summary of your research and analysis. As such, it should be a summary of the problem you researched, an overview of the literature review, and a discussion of your conclusions and recommendations. Grading Rubrics .equella.ecollege.com/file/75d9345b-5ad7-467f-834b-68f4b1b3adaa/1/ACCT601_CH_TermPaper.html#top">Back to Top The term paper will be graded each week on the deliverables that are due for the week. The deliverables will be graded on factors such as the quality of the research topic, the quality of the information properly cited within the paper, the introduction, main content and facts, the analysis and recommendations, the conclusion, organization and structure, professional appearance, length, grammar, and sentence structure. The oral presentation will be graded on factors such as the quality of the PowerPoint slides, the effectiveness of the narration, professionalism, validity and structure, length, grammar, organization, main content, and the overall communication aspects of the presentation. Specifics regarding the grade point allocations are presented in Doc Sharing in a grading rubric. The grading rubric for your Term Paper and Oral Presentation is in Doc Sharing in a document titled Grading Rubrics for Term Paper and Oral Presentation. Best Practices .equella.ecollege.com/file/75d9345b-5ad7-467f-834b-68f4b1b3adaa/1/ACCT601_CH_TermPaper.html#top">Back to Top The following are the best practices in preparing this paper. Cover Page – Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared, and date. Table of Contents – List the main ideas and section of your paper and the pages in which they are located. The illustrations should be included separately. Introduction – Use a header on your paper. This will indicate you are introducing your paper. The purpose of an introduction or opening: 1. Introduce the subject and why the subject is important. 2. Preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered. 3. Establish a tone of the document. Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.) Body of Your Report – Use a header titled with the name of your project. Example: “The Development of Hotel X – A World Class Resort”. Then proceed to break out the main ideas. State the main ideas, state major points in each idea, and provide evidence. Break out each main idea you will use in the body of your paper. Show some type of division like separate sections that are labeled; separate group of paragraphs; or headers. You would include the information you found during your research and investigation. Summary and Conclusion – Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the tourism industry.