PROJECT PORTFOLIO

Summary Overview Context Notes Option 1: Invest $5,000
Option 2:
Design a Web Site
Option 3:
Assess an Internship
Option 4:
Respond to Legislation
Option 5:
Solve a "Real World" Problem

This fifth (and last) portfolio asks you to write a formal report. The final project will incorporate research, and be about 7-10 single-spaced pages (not counting context notes, title page, table of contents and list of illustrations, or the "works cited" page). One of the options specifically invites you to create a WWW page. Any of the options can be adapted to include a web site if you are interested in using that medium. Reports are often written collaboratively; I'll let you decide for yourselves whether you want to work individually or with a partner from this section of ENGL 105.

There are two deadlines for this project:

This portfolio is worth about 25% of your grade. Because it is due the last day of class, this portfolio is not eligible for the revision option. I will, however, be glad to look at work-in-progress if you arrange a time to meet with me. (It's a good idea to allow at least three day's lead time.)


Here's a quick over view of what I'm asking you to do for this portfolio:

WRITING OPTIONS FOR THE PROJECT PORTFOLIO

You will find guiding questions for analyzing the writing context for your report on a separate web page. You do not have to answer every question that I list, but I would like you to tell me something about how you view the audience and purpose of each of the cases to which you respond, what effect you intend your memo or letter to have, and how you are positioned as the writer in each of the cases., and what sort of details you are supplying to fill in any gaps in the case. In other words, context notes help me see what assumptions you are making about the writing situation and how those assumptions influence some of your choices in terms of tone, format, level of detail, approach, etc.


  1. What's the Best Way to Invest $5,000?

    Your friend is a recent graduate from WVU who has just completed one year of full-time employment at an annual salary of $30,000. In addition to this salary, your friend just received a bonus of $5,000. Your friend wants to invest the money, but has no time to research investment options. Instead, your friend offers you 10% of the bonus ($500) if you will provide an analysis of the most reasonable options and a recommendation of the best way to invest $5,000. Your report must include at least 5 current sources (articles from 1995 or 1996, WWW sources, interviews, or some combination). Be sure to document your sources in the correct form. Give conclusions and recommendations in your report.


  2. Designing a WWW page for a Local Business

    Several WWW pages already exist for Morgantown, WV.. Cruise these pages to see what they offer and to see which local businesses do and do not have their own web pages. Alternatively, find a local town that would like a web page.

    You are welcome to look at the web pages that other ENGL 105 students have designed. (Keep in mind that these pages were accompanied by a written report, too.)

    Once you have an idea of what you'd like to do, contact an area business (or perhaps the head of the chamber of commerce for a small town), about designing a web page free of charge and accompanied by a report that:

    • Explains the relatively new methods of WWW marketing
    • Shows how the WWW might benefit the business you've chosen.
    • Offers comparisons to other WWW pages for similar types of businesses
    • Makes recommendations
    • Discusses what may be involved in extending and maintaining the web pages in the future.

    Your report must include at least 5 current sources (articles from 1995 or 1996, WWW sources, interviews, or some combination). Be sure to document your sources in the correct form. Give conclusions and recommendations in your report. If you need help putting together a web page, please make an appointment with me so I can show you how to compose a web page. In the meantime, you might want to check out the following cite for a Beginner's Guide to HTML.


  3. Summer Internship Program

    As Personnel Director of Grant Manufacturing, you are a member of the Management Council , which also includes the Director of Engineering, Accounting Manager, and Executive Vice President. A recent topic of discussion in this group has been the quality of college graduates from which Grant is able to recruit new employees each year. The members of the council have the impression that the company is not attracting candidates of the highest quality. Therefore, even if it hires the best that are available, the company is not really getting the so-called "cream of the crop". If Grant is to keep up with its competitors, it must recruit from the best engineering, accounting, and management graduates.

    One possible course of action that has been discussed is that Grant Manufacturing might begin a summer internship program for highly qualified college students. The idea is to recruit college students during their freshman or sophomore years, hire them for work for two or three summers, and then offer the best of them full-time employment when they graduate from college. You know that there's been a lot written about internships (also called "Co-operative Education") in the last few years. The question for your company, of course, is whether a summer internship program is feasible. Figure out how such a program might work, and prepare a report with recommendations for or against the program that the council can present to the President, MR. T. R. Grant III.

    Your report must include at least 5 current sources (articles from 1995 or 1996, WWW sources, interviews, or some combination). Be sure to document your sources in the correct form. Give conclusions and recommendations in your report.


  4. Critiquing WV Legislation (p. 366)

    Write a long formal report about a WV law that you believe should or should not have been enacted. Be objective. Use specific facts to support your beliefs. Reach conclusions and offer recommendations at the end of the report. As a final step, send a copy of the report to an appropriate state official or legislator. Keep the final recipient of your report in mind as your primary audience. Some things you might do:

    • Prepare a background statement that explains or defines the law and which outlines the issues which it addresses.
    • Check into what other states have done about this legal problem.
    • Do any federal policies or laws apply?
    • What case history or examples or statistics might support and illustrate your report?
    • Consider outlining a public education program on this matter.

    Your report must include at least 5 current sources (articles from 1995 or 1996, WWW sources, interviews, or some combination). Be sure to document your sources in the correct form. Give conclusions and recommendations in your report.


  5. Solving a "Real World" Business Problem

    In your business or discipline, there are undoubtedly specific problems or issues that need to be addressed. If you have a specific problem, question, or issue that you want to investigate, talk it over with me. There's a good chance that I'll approve a specific project as the basis for this last portfolio-- a long formal report, complete with your own conclusions and recommendations. As with any of the other options, your report must include at least 5 current sources (articles from 1995 or 1996, sources, interviews, or some combination). Be sure to document your sources in the correct form.


DEADLINES

On or before November 12, meet with me (in person or on e-mail) to discuss a formal work plan and context analysis for your report. I must approve this outline before you proceed with this project.

By Thursday, 12/5, submit the final version of the portfolio. Include the preliminary outline and context analysis and any relevant drafts. Use the checklist on pages 345-46 to make sure your project is complete.

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