Term Project Assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective:  To research & report on a specific topic of interest relating to operations management.  This project is not on a specific company.  You must demonstrate an application of course concepts   This is foremost a group project however Part 1 is to be done individually.

 

Format:  The project consists of 3 parts;

 

Part 1: Individual Annotated Bibliography (DUE October 18th BY MIDNIGHT)

  • After your group has come up with a specific topic for your paper, each student is responsible for finding 3unique, quality sources* that will assist the group in completing the research paper. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that other group members have not selected the same source. This is due in Week 6 of the course and is to be individually submitted to Brightspace.

 

WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150-250 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.  Annotations are descriptive and critical; they may describe the author’s point of view, authority, or clarity and appropriateness of expression.[1]

THE PROCESS

Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.

First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose the most relevant works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.

Cite the book, article, or document using the Chicago style.

Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) how it relates to your group’s research (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited,  (d) explain how this work illuminates your topic.[2]

 

Part 2: The Research Paper.  DUE Sunday November 22nd by 11:59PM . (Group)

Your paper will contain the following:

 

  1. Title page: include title of project (this should let the reader know what the paper is about), student names, numbers, course, instructor, date.
  2. Executive summary that is not to exceed 1 page.
  3. Research paper is not to exceed 14 written pages. (title page, exec summary, tables, graphics, appendices and citations excluded)
  4. Works Cited

 

  • Please use Ariel or Times New Roman 12 point font, 1.5 spaced.
  • You must cite your work using Chicago Style and use footnotes on the page that the citation occurs.
  • You are to submit 1 copy of your paper via D2L in the designated Assignment dropbox.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Projects not properly cited will receive “0” and may be subject to penalty according to Langara policy on Cheating and Plagiarism.  Please become familiar with this policy by visiting the Langara website.

 

Your paper will be marked for professionalism, which includes spelling and grammar so please edit your paper before submitting.  If you require further assistance with spelling and grammar, please use the resources of the student writing centre, located in the Langara College Library.

 

If you require assistance conducting your research please feel free to see Vivian Feng, our business librarian or contact her to make an appointment at vfeng@langara.ca

 

Part 3:  Group Presentation. November 29th. (Group)

  • Your group will have 10 minutes to present your research findings in a narrated PPT to be submitted in Brightspace
  • All members must participate in the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

Marking Guide

 

Marks Item Description
15 Individual Annotated Bibliography Sources will be evaluated for quality, variety and rationale provided as to suitability for project.
2 Title page & Table of Contents Includes specific title, proper format of TOC.
8 Executive Summary Not to exceed 1 page.  Specific.
40 Content & Application Use of course concepts, relevant application, scholarly discussion
10 Research & Sources Chicago Style with footnotes, appropriate scholarly research sources
10 Written Presentation format, grammar, spelling, professionalism
15 Narrated PPT Presentation Professionalism, content, delivery.
100    

 

 

[1] Michael Engle, “How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography,” Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA, accessed April 11, 2018, http://guides.library.cornell.edu/c.php?g=32342&p=203789.

 

[2] ibid