Ommunication in organization for Communication class

4. Communication Research Paper (250 points, 25%). Each student will write a 4-6 page analysis paper. The purpose of an analysis paper is for a student to choose a topic that he/she would like to explore in greater detail. The first step in this process is choosing a suitable topic. Any issue/concept/topic that was discussed in class or covered in the text may be chosen for this project. The second step is to search for research articles (minimum of 3) on the topic that is academic and that comes from reputable, referred journals. At least 2 of the 3 articles must come from communication journals (a list of communication journals will be provided). The research articles can often be difficult to understand, so one day in class will be reserved for talking about how to read and interpret research articles. The third step in writing a good research paper is to determine your thesis. A thesis is the central idea or the central approach that you are taking in writing about the subject matter. Students must do more than simply report on the research, they must engage in an analysis of the research. Thus, the thesis should reflect the a?totalitya? of how students are approaching the research project. Do not attempt to write a thesis until all material has been read. The fourth step, after determining the thesis or central purpose, is to determine how to structure the paper. That is, a strong structure is based on the logical connection and support for the main points or arguments in the elaboration of the thesis. All papers must include at least three structural elements, they are: (a) reporting of central ideas discovered in the research, (b) discussion of how communication or dialogue affects or is affected by research ideas, and (c) an application of ideas to experiences in everyday life. The final paper is due December 1st at the beginning of class.

Paper requirements:
a. Separate Title Page
b. Page numbers (top right)
c. Double-spaced
d. APA guidelines (no abstract necessary)
e. 1a? margins (12-point type)
f. No folders or binders
g. Separate Reference page (no footnotes or endnotes)
h. Copies of all articles (e-copy or hard copy)
i. Print a?double-sided