Assignment 1: Topic Selection and Proposal

Assignment 1: Topic Selection and Proposal

Due Week 2 and worth 150 points

The topic for the Research Project should be selected in Week 1 and delivered by the end of Week 2.

Students should choose a topic that interests and challenges them, one that they see as a problem or challenge. In order to satisfy the requirements, students must select a topic from the textbook, explain why they chose the topic, and describe the intent of the research.

The Topic Selection and Proposal assignment further provides students with an opportunity to receive feedback from the instructor before completing additional work. Information at the following link is helpful in completing this assignment:

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

1. Select a topic from the textbook that you want to explore in greater depth.

2. Provide an explanation as to why the topic needs to be researched and the problems and challenges that exist.

3. Analyze the topic, and describe the intended outcome of your research.

4. Describe the approach or actions that you will take in conducting your research.

5. Use at least three (3) scholarly sources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia,,,, and other open source Websites do not qualify as scholarly. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must conform to the APA formatting requirements.

Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the students name, the professors name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Assignment 2: Formal Outline Due Week 4 and worth 150 points

The purpose of the Formal Outline is for students to organize their research and show the topical areas that they will cover throughout the Research Project. By breaking down the literature into various sections, topics, sub-topics, and details, students can divide large amounts of data into smaller, more orderly sections.

The Formal Outline helps students organize their thoughts, stay on topic, and follow a logical order. It also provides students with the opportunity to show a progression of thought and direction, and can highlight specific areas of the Research Project that may need more or less attention.

The following article is helpful in structuring the paper: Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you: