COMM1010

Team Report Instructions
Instructor: Shirene McKay
Comm 1010 SLCC
General Description
  1. Each team will submit ONE report.
    1. Writing the report must be a team project. All members must participate.
    2. The report must have a consistent tone. That is, it should read as if one person had written it.
    3. All members are responsible for the accuracy of the report. Read each others’ contributions to be sure you agree to what you are submitting.
Use of References
You are required to use five references from the text and other reliable. You will cite your references in two places in your report.
  1. In the body of the report, cite references in parenthetical notation, included right in the same sentence where you refer to the material
  2. At the end of your report, include a section titled Works Cited in MLA format. Here you will list your sources in alphabetical order, according to authors’ last names. Use the guide in the learning packet for correct MLA format.
Before writing a document to submit, it’s important to analyze the occasion and the audience you are writing for.
Occasion Analysis
This report requires a professional style of writing. You are expected to follow a specific format, with a professional appearance. Your document should have a consistent tone throughout, so proofread each team member’s work carefully. The document you submit makes a statement about who you are, so be sure your document reflects the best you can be.
Write in appropriate business language. Your report should explain academic concepts in a style that is easy to read. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling need to be flawless. A sloppy style will probably convince your audience that it’s not worth reading any farther than the executive summary.
Audience Analysis
Your primary audience (intended reader) is me, your professor. A potential secondary audience might be other students. I will be looking for evidence that
  • you have successfully completed all the steps of the reflective thinking problem solving sequence
  • your problem analysis was conducted thoughtfully, using effective critical thinking and analysis
  • your proposed solution is achievable and will solve the problem adequately
  • your report includes all the required content
  • your report follows the required format
Format for the Report
Typically, each company has its own preferred format for proposals. For this class, please use the following format. Include a heading for each section except the title page.
Title Page: On the title page, center the following information. Each item should be on a separate line, single-spaced:
  • a short title for the problem your group selected
  • (skip two lines)
  • submitted by
    • list all actively participating group members, in alphabetical order by LAST name
  • (skip one line)
  • college name
  • class and section
  • date submitted
Table of Contents: List each section in order (flush left). List the page number for each section on the right side of the page.
Executive Summary: Don’t let the title of this section intimidate you. This section is actually just a preview of the contents of your report. It should be placed on a page by itself.
In paragraph form, explain each section of the report. Be brief, but include the most important specifics from each section. This summary allows a busy executive to quickly determine whether the report is worth reading.
Project Description: Write a two paragraph overview of what your group accomplished. Identify the problem. Describe your group’s purpose and why it’s important to find a solution to the problem.
Methods:Begin this section with an introductory statement, explaining that your team used the reflective thinking process to arrive at a solution. Briefly describe the purpose of the reflective thinking process (in general, not as applied to your project). Then explain that you will describe each step your group took in accomplishing your purpose (e.g., what your group did at each meeting), and will provide a brief description of your group’s end-product.
For each step in the PAC-BOY Dewey Reflective-Thinking Sequence create a subheading. Under each subheading include a detailed description of your team’s findings. Remember to discuss (in the section explaining your final solution) potential limitations of the solution (which you uncovered when you discussed what could possibly go wrong with your solution) and how you will manage them if they occur.
Conclusion: Your conclusion will include a brief recap of your main points, along with a statement about why your solution is excellent.
Works Cited
Include a complete bibliographical reference for the text, and any other materials you have cited in your report.
Appendices
You’ll attach two appendices. Each appendix should have its own title at the top of the page.
  1. a copy of your Team Contract
  2. a copy of your Comparison Chart which you used to analyze your potential solutions
Your Member Participation Evaluations will be handed in separately (for my eyes only).
Here is a review of the steps you’ll need to address in the Methods section.
Use the “PAC-BOY” acronym to remind yourself of the order of the steps:
  • Part I: P= Problem
    State your problem question

    • “What is the best way …. “
  • Part II: A = Analyze the problem
    Describe your research about the problem. Summarize what you learned about each of the following:
    1. Characteristics of the problem
    2. Stakeholders
    3. History
    4. Policies/politics
    5. Resources available
  • Part III: C=Criteria
List the criteria you’ll use to evaluate your proposed solutions.
    • What is your general goal?
    • List at least seven realistic criteria that your solution needs to conform to
      • Some of these criteria should include references from class materials
  • Part IV: B=Brainstorm
    Brainstorm possible solutions

    • List all the solutions you brainstormed
      • Some of these solutions should include references from class materials
  • Part V: O = Organize
    Organize your solutions into a chart that will help you choose the best.

    • Explain how you narrowed your solutions to your top five to seven
    • Explain the chart you used for analyzing the solutions. You may either insert the chart here or include it in the attachments section.
    • Answer the question: “How does this solution excel over the other solutions that you proposed?”
    • Discuss potential negative consequences and how you will minimize them.
    • Revise your solution if necessary.
  • Part VI: Y = Yes we can!
    Choose the best solution and implement.

      • Describe how you plan to implement the solution.

    This plan must be realistic (something that you as students could actually do in the available time frame.

     

TEAM PAPER: Choosing a College

Reflection Questions

    1. How does this assignment illustrate the growth/change/progress you have made in

this class?

This assignment really pushed the envelope on team dynamic and team work to a new level for me. This assignment isn’t particular hard but working it as a team required many different levels of organization and planning .The project was easy and hard at the same time because each phase required the team to get together and cooperate. This is particular difficult sometimes when not all member are presents. Over all I learn that communication and team work help win the day and made the task more smoothly. I also notice the confidence in my presentation skill improved a lot more. I’m less nervous and more focus in delivery of my message.

    1. How can you apply what you’ve learned in this class to other classes, to the workplace and to other areas of your life?

I think the skill learned in this class will be helpful throughout my life. The communication skills and concept of relating to others will help me advance not throughout my academic but also my personal life. The skill I acquired is already applied in my work life , talking to management and peers. I can better express my message with better connotation. I can say things without being direct and still deliver my point.

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