Topic Choice # 1: You will conduct research in the library’s online databases that deal with a problem in your future field of work/career. In other words, you will choose a problem that folks who work in your future career field face within that career. You will create a report that identifies the specific problem (choose only one) that folks in your future career field face, and then you will propose a solution to that problem using researched, scholarly sources. A minimum of 3 scholarly sources required 4. Executive Summary: This section provides an overview of the entire proposal; compose it after drafting the rest of the proposal. It should provide a one to two sentence version of the problem description, the plan of action, and the anticipated benefits. 5. Body: this includes identifying the specific problem and the components of the problem a. Introduction: Some proposals begin with background or context that helps readers understand the problem. For example, the introduction might provide some information about the organizations mission and goals, especially if the problem undermines that mission and those goals. Or the introduction could provide background about the organizations personnel, procedures, or recent changes, if these elements of the organization or situation are relevant to the problem. b. Problem Description: This is a core section of the proposal. It defines and describes the problem, showing that the situation actually exists, that the situation has negative consequences, and that these effects are serious, widespread or urgent. The proposal should offer evidence for these claims. This evidence may be statistical; it may come from experts or authorities on the issue, or it may be anecdotal or narrative. The problem description section should be well organized, not a random array of facts and figures. Most problem descriptions include: 1. a basic description of the situation or problem, 2. a set of consequences of the problem (its negative or harmful effects), 3. An account of the cause or causes of the problem. Whatever the order you choose for these basic topics, discuss causes in one place, consequences in another; dont mix them up. These are some possible frameworks for organizing a problem description. The problem description should end with a statement that summarizes the problem and its harmful consequences. C. Objectives (Optional): Proposals may include a brief section that lays out the criteria that any acceptable solution must meet. For example, a writer proposing a new dining facility might list four criteria that any plan of action must fulfill: It must be cost-neutral; it must not reduce existing options; it must accommodate up to 75% of personnel at once; and it must allow for future growth. The writer would explain the rationale for each of these criteria briefly. Objectives sections are optional, but they can be effective for two main reasons: first, they demonstrate the writer is considering the big picture from the organizations point of view, and second, they set up the solution the writer will propose as an effective one. d. Solution or Plan of Action: what are the solution(s) you think will help solve the problem? Lays out the writers plan of action. It should begin with a brief overview, then provide a detailed version of the plan. The writer should take care to present the plan of action as a logical fit to the problem, as the problem was described earlier in the proposal. If the problem has been described as too many cars on campus, the proposed solution should not be build more parking lots (a solution that would bring still more cars to campus). Either the problem description would need to be revised (not enough parking on campus), or the plan of action reformulated (expanded bus system to reduce the need to drive). The Plan of Action section does not need to be structured exactly like the Problem Description, but it should allow readers to see how the proposed solution does address all the elements of the problem, as they were described. This section should provide plenty of detail, anticipating questions the decision maker might bring about the feasibility of the proposed plan. If appropriate, build yourself in as taking on some of the work involved. If youre proposing a speaker series, for example, designate yourself as its coordinator. e. Alternative Solutions (Optional) Your audience may be aware of possible solutions different from the one you have proposed, and they may wonder why you have not opted for those solutions. If you think this is the case, you can include a section that describes these solutions and presents the advantages and disadvantages of each. By presenting these alternative solutions, you control the audiences interpretation of them. 6. Budget Provide a detailed budget, with a rationale for each item. Most budget sections begin with a brief narrative that provides an overview of the budget and follow the narrative with a list, table, or other visual representation of the budget breakdown. 7. Conclusion: Provide a short conclusion that looks to the future and presents the anticipated benefits of addressing the problem with this plan of action. 8. References in MLA format Format Use headings for main sections of the proposal. Instead of generic Problem and Proposed Solution headings, consider using more specific phrases such as Gridlock on Campus and A Network of Shuttles. Single-space within paragraphs and double-space between them. Provide a cover page with a title, your name, the date, and the name of the person youre presenting it to. I have chosen to do a proposal to upgrade the production reporting and communication upgrade on the manufacturing software called IQMS Iqms.com https://www.top10erp.org/enterpriseiq-products-33 It currently takes 1 person per 12-hour shift 4 hours to complete the current systems task. There are 3 departments that total to 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week, and 8736 hours a year that are wasted in just entering data. This product will save about 8000 to 9000 hours in labor a year and help the company communicate quickly and efficiently. This will also allow the company to be more productive and proactive. It also improves accuracy to help reduce cost. Key Features Real-time cycle time Number of cycles Estimates when production will finish Records down time Calculates Scrap Real-time monitoring to help communicate information fast Easy scheduling Organize documents Generates Production Reports instantly Organize priorities Maintenance scheduling, and alerts Track inventory Labor reporting Ordering material and maintaining stock Almost everything can be done with a few clicks Budget Central Network-$75,000.00 Installation-$35,000.00 Software licensing for computers (Per Year)-30 @ $959.00=$28,770.00 Maintenance Service Package (Per Year)- $48,95.00 Handheld Barcode Scanners-40 @ $629.00=$25,160.00 Free Training with Installation
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