Fall 2017 – Mr. Zemrowski
1. Quality vs. quantity; the report is not the output, the report’s content is. Written communication is essential in today’s world of business. Be proud of your writing and spend a little extra time to insure you are delivering a quality product. It will pay you dividends in your career.
2. Use business English in writing. Specifically, do not write in the first person (I, we, us). Always write in the third person.
3. Spell-check all your work. This is an absolute. Business documents are assumed to be spell checked. Misspelling reflects badly on the writer. Good spelling on the other hand does not distract the reader from the message. Google docs has a “Check Spelling” feature.
4. Proof-read your own work and have your teammates proof-read it as well (exchange documents). You will be surprised at what others may find. Be especially aware of word usage that may pass spell-check but still is not correct in context with your sentence. An example may be:
“The company is defiantly growing …” Many students use “defiantly” in place of “definitely” and are not even aware of the difference.
5 Whoever submits a report for the team is responsible for reviewing both content and form. The report should look like a single entity, not four or five parts patched together. Double space the report and choose a black font as it is easier to read, especially since I will not print it out but grade it electronically. Margin width, font style and size are up to you, just be consistent. Make sure you have section numbers as well as headings and sub-headings to indicate a change in topics.
6. Save and publish your report as a Google document. I will enter your grades on E-learning for this project. You do not need to submit this project to E-Learning.
7. Report length: Most group reports average between 12-20 pages double-spaced if written in Word. Use good judgment in translating this to a Google document. This means that, if you have four or five sections as part the project assignment, each participant should compose approximately 2-3 pages of text, including tabular and graphic material. In addition to this, the report will also require the following sections, in this order:
A cover page which includes:
Date project is due
– A table of contents page with topic numbers for each section. The table of contents must also indicate who authored each section of the report. I give the entire group a “team grade” but recognize exceptional effort on the part of individuals who do superior work. Without the identification of who-did-what I will not be able to single out these individuals.
I do not require an introduction page.
– An executive summary page. The executive summary should be at least ½ page if not a full page in length. It should tell the reader the highlights of what is in the report. A busy executive may ONLY read the executive summary of a 20 page report, so it should contain the important items, facts, conclusions, etc. that the executive needs to know. Similarly, with this report you need to go into enough detail within the executive summary to give the reader a good overview.
– The report body with headings that match the table of contents entries.
For instance, instead of “Item 2” use “2. Compare the Top Five Ranked Countries”
– The reference page: For style tips on how to format references see the WMU link at: http://libguides.wmich.edu/citing. This link has a section describing three styles for showing the internet references you may use.
– Self-Evaluations. Each team member writes a paragraph or two summarizing his or her own experience working on Project 1 – IT for Sustainability:
– What did you learn from the exercise (or what should you have learned)?
– How might you apply the new skills/knowledge in future business?
– How might you apply the new skills/knowledge in your personal life?
– How did your team function and what team building skills did you learn?
– Are there suggestions, other thoughts or relevant issues?
Finally, I don’t expect you all to write like Shakespeare but I do expect to read clear and concise sentences and paragraphs.