The proposal begins the project that we will work on until the end of the semester. Choose your project carefully. It should be one associated with your future career, because you will need to have familiarity with the field in order to isolate a plausible problem and know the concrete implications of solving it.
All proposal writers begin by asking, “What is the problem?” and “How can I solve it?” This project is going to require you to do research to fully explore all aspects of your issue, examine the benefits and drawbacks of various solutions, and ultimately recommend one solution.
You will conduct research and explore current journals to learn about innovations in your field. You will then write a proposal persuading your fictitious company to adopt a new procedure or piece of equipment that would benefit customers, clients, patients and/or staff. In your proposal, you must convince the reader that the need for a change exists and prove that your solution would be the most beneficial. You will produce a written report and give an oral presentation on the information.
Write a 7 page report single-spaced, with 12-pt font.
Divide the text into at least 6 separate sections, using headings.
Include 3-5 visuals.
Use at least 4 sources.
Cite all sources correctly using APA format.
Your proposal must include the following components:
1. Title Page: includes the title of the report, the name of whoever prepared the report (you), the names of whomever requested it (supervisor), the name of the company or organization involved, and the date.
2. Abstract: a brief synopsis (summary) that captures the essence of the report, including its findings, final recommendations, and conclusion. It assists those who may not have time to read the entire report, but need to know what it says (1 paragraph).
3. Table of Contents and List of Illustrations: Table of Contents clearly identifies each section of the report, with its title and the page on which it appears. Only include the text of the report. List of Illustrations includes a list of tables, graphs, charts, and all other visuals appearing in the report. Includes the number and title of each and their page numbers.
4. Text: the text of the report, divided into sections, each with headings and subheadings (4-6 pages).
A. Introduction – a narrative telling the story of the need for what you are proposing.
What do you see that is lacking, ineffective, out-dated, etc?
What is happening or what will happen because of these negatives?
Why is it important that things be changed?
What do you see as a solution?
How will this help the situation?
B. Goals and Objectives – Your goal is the specific thing that you are proposing that you want implemented (what exactly are you proposing?) Your objectives (include at least 2) are benefits that will be seen if your proposal is implemented (specific, measurable changes. What are the benefits of implementing your proposal?).
C. Proposed Tasks – detailed description of each step that must be accomplished to implement your proposal. Lay this out in a very detailed manner. -How are you going to go about what you are proposing? -What will be the logical steps in carrying your proposal out? -How will you assess your trial/pilot/plan to see if it is working? -When do you plan to evaluate your pilot/trial/plan? -Where do you see things going after this first stage? – Include ordering and delivery of materials, setup, training, evaluation of changes, etc.
D. Schedule – outlines the time frame for your proposed tasks. By what specific dates do you plan to accomplish each of your proposed tasks?
E. Budget – In a table, explains all costs.
What will be the costs incurred in carrying out your proposal if it is approved?
Think about all the possible expenses related to time, materials, people, paper, etc.
F. Conclusion – highlights the importance of your plan and summarizes the possible changes and benefits if your proposal is approved.
5. Reference Page
Important- Visuals: visuals need to be integrated into the text. You must refer to each visual in the text (i.e. “as shown in Figure 5.”), and every visual must be properly numbered and titled, with its source identified.
Citations: all research must be properly cited in APA format, both in the text with in-text.
Finally—There are three attachments that other students have submitted for this project. It may help you in understanding what is expected of you.