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Analytical Report
Note: Reports that are found to contain plagiarized information from other sources will automatically receive a grade of zero or F.

Objectives:

To develop a formal report that effectively presents the situation/problem, research findings, and conclusions of your investigation to your target audience.
To apply what has been discussed during the course about creating effective technical documents, including style, organization, design, and content, to developing a report that is tailored to your audience.
Grading Criteria

Meets specified length requirements.
Contains the elements specified for the analytical report.
Is paginated correctly.
Presents a well-developed title page.
Includes a cordial, well-developed letter of transmittal.
Includes an informative abstract describing the key points of the report.
If appendices are included, they are clearly labeled and are referenced in the body of the report.
Tailored to the audience.
Contains a thesis, or purpose, statement.
Presents information from the required number of sources, cites this information in the text using in-text citations, and presents the sources in citations in a References section at the end of the report.
Cites information following APA guidelines.
Presents a clear, convincing, and developed description of the problem and solution.
Supports ideas with credible information from research.
Describes and interprets findings.
Presents the conclusions drawn from the findings.
Defines technical terms and phrases as needed.
Introduces and integrates into the text any graphics used and cites any graphics from other sources.
Presents graphics that are not simply decorative but that support the content of the report.
Chunks information appropriately.
Is consistent in its design.
Uses meaningful headings as needed.
Is logically organized with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Is coherent.
Uses varied, effective sentence structure.
Contains no sentence structure problems.
Employs clear, concise, formal language appropriate for the readers.
Contains no grammatical or spelling errors.
What to do : Write a formal analytical report about the topic of your project. In the report, you:

describe a topic that you think is a problem or a situation needing attention
describe, analyze, and evaluate your research findings
draw conclusions and provide recommendations for improvement
This report is the culmination of the class project.

Here are the required components for the report:

Title Page
Letter of Transmittal
Table of Contents
Informative Abstract
Body of Report
References
Your report must include at least one graphic in the text. You must include a minimum of five sources including Internet resources. You must identify sources within the text of your document and in a reference list at the end. For all citations, use the American Psychological Association (APA) style guidelines. A minimum of two of these sources must be from UMUCs library databases and/or E-Journals. Your other sources can include on-line or Internet/ sources, interviews, emails, books, articles from periodicals, brochures, and so on. Use the APA style guidelines for your citations.

The attached file Hints and Tips for Preparing an Analytical Reportlists different items to check as you review and revise your report. I suggest using this list as a revision checklist for your draft report.

The evaluation sheet I use in evaluating the analytical report is also attached. You can use this evaluation sheet as a guide in developing and revising your analytical report.

Requirements : The minimum length is 2,500 words for the body of the report (not including the title page, letter of transmittal, table of contents, abstract, references, and any appendices).

Format: Submit the analytical report in a text format, a MS Word format, or RTF format. Do not submit in an HTML or a PDF format.