• Topic must be related to your field of study or your career.
  • Essay must be argumentative in nature.
  • Must be 2000-2500 words.
  • Use proper 7th edition APA format(cover page, body, and reference page). We will use the 7th edition, including only using Times New Roman font (12 point).
  • Use only integrated short burst quotes and a balance of paraphrasing. No signal phrases and no block quotes should be used.
  • Sources should be peer-reviewed journal articles from the Keiser e-Library databases dated within the last five years.
  • Sources older than five years and from other databases may be approved as long as they are scholarly and provided you check with the instructor first.
  • Submit this assignment in Microsoft Word Document,  PDF or RTF file.  No other formats will be accepted.
  • Submit the assignment in the DROPBOX titled Week 4: Formal Research Assignment.
  • Additional instructions may be given. Please be sure to check your email and the announcements section frequently.

To SUBMIT this assignment click on the title Week 1 Assignment: Proposal and attach your Word Document. Be sure to double check that the correct file is attached and actually submitted.

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Each week you will build towards the Final Project, an extended research-based argumentative essay.  You should review the requirements below so you can begin planning and developing your topic.  During Week 1, you will complete a proposal.  As one of the main goals of this course is to develop an appropriate and organized research topic through all stages of the writing process, the proposal is a first step.  While the proposal is meant to guide your exploration, it is not a final blueprint.  Throughout the upcoming weeks, you will engage in the research process by evaluating sources, asking questions, applying the knowledge that you gather and synthesizing evidence and ideas from various sources.  This is the beginning of an academic journey and you are not expected to have all the answers. You are expected to embrace the path laid out before you by completing the assignments, discussions and learning activities to the best of your abilities. To do so, follow the instructions carefully, review the rubric here Proposal Rubric.pdf Proposal Rubric.pdf – Alternative Formats , and when in doubt ask questions—reach out for help!

Due Date: Sunday by 11:59 PM

This assignment will help you to

  • Explore your chosen topic
  • Identify a controversy related to the topic
  • Develop and organize a research topic through all stages of development
  • Create a path to the successful completion of the final Argumentative Research Essay

For this assignment, respond to each of the following prompts fully and thoughtfully.  Questions  5 – 8 should be answered in fully developed paragraphs ( 5 – 7 sentences).  See below for sample proposal.

  2. RESEARCH QUESTION: [Look to Table 3.2 on p. 44 of The Bedford Researcher for examples. You may also view the video posted in Week 1 discussion or click here]
  3. SUPPORTING ELEMENTS: [What examples, evidences, and supporting details help substantiate your argument on your topic?]
  4. THESIS STATEMENT: [What are you arguing about your topic and what helps prove your argument? Make sure to weave your three supporting elements from above into the thesis statement.         Put your argument in bold font and underline your three supporting elements.]
  5. AUDIENCE: [Who are your readers? What might your readers want or need to know about your topic? What knowledge or biases might your readers already have on this topic?]
  6. POTENTIAL SOURCES: [What types of sources will be helpful to support your stance? What will these sources reveal about your topic?]
  7. CHALLENGES TO THE RESEARCH: [What might make your argument difficult to prove?]
  8. GOALS FOR THE PROJECT: [What do you want to accomplish within your Formal Research Assignment? What do you want the reader to feel after reading your essay?]