Final Draft Word Count and Setup Requirement:
- 1000-1200 words (plus an APA cover page and a References page)
- Double-spaced lines
- Case study source identified with APA in-text citations and on a Reference page
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- 3rd person point of view
After gathering evidence from a case study provided by your instructor, write an essay in which you evaluate how effectively a real-life company solved a problem. Use the Rhetorical Structure defined in the HOW section.
BRAINSTORM: Carefully read the case study provided by your instructor and then ask yourself the following questions before drafting this assignment:
What was the problem encountered by the company?
What solution was implemented?
What steps were involved?
Who implemented the solution? (What company? What agents within that company?)
What did people within the company have to say about the solution?
When was the solution implemented?
Where was the solution implemented?
Why this solution? (Was it effective? How do you know?)
FOCUS/THESIS: Try using this as a thesis statement model:
The solution ___________________________ Company X implemented to solve (define the problem) ___________________________________________ did/did not work effectively because ________________________________________________________. (You can list more than one reason).
RHETORICAL STRUCTURE or ARRANGEMENT: (Use these subheadings)
Introduction: Inform the reader of the company your evaluation will discuss, the problem the company faced, and the solution the company implemented. You can use 2 or 3 paragraphs for your introduction. End your introduction with your thesis statement.
Evaluation of Solution: Using evidence from the Case Study and your own reasoning, discuss, point by point, why you think the solution did or did not work effectively. Remember, any solution to a problem must address the root cause of the problem.
Conclusion: End this essay with a one-paragraph summary of your Case Study Evaluation’s main points.
REVISE the entire document several times to ensure you have conveyed your thoughts clearly, you have developed your paragraphs with details, facts, reasons, examples or evidence, and you have shown logical transitions from one paragraph to the next.
EDIT: Print your essay and read it ALOUD to check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
WHY: This assignment will expand your understanding of challenges businesses encounter and ways in which they address the challenges. Learning about a particular company’s real-life problem will also inform your thinking for the Recommendation Report you are building for this course. In addition, this assignment strengthens your ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate main ideas. It demonstrates writing as a process that requires substantive revision, and it promotes communication skills aimed at a specific audience about a particular subject for a defined purpose while advancing your understanding of your strengths as a writer of persuasive materials.
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