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Appendix A

Final Project Overview and Timeline

Final Assignment Overview

The final assignment for COM/156 is a 1,450- to 1,700-word research paper on an instructor-approved topic of your choice. The subject of your paper should provide you with ample opportunities for research. You are required to use three to five references to support your thesis. The final paper must follow APA guidelines and must include the following elements:

• A title page
• An introduction including the thesis statement
• A body with at least three paragraphs, including supporting evidence and in-text citations • A conclusion
• A reference list of citations with at least three to five sources, two of which must come from the University Library

Final Project Timeline

Budget your time wisely and work on the assignment as directed throughout the course. As outlined below, some midcourse assignments are intended to help you create your final essay. If you complete all course activities and use the feedback provided by the instructor and writing center resources, you should be able to successfully complete your essay.

□ Suggested in Week One: Read the Final Assignment Overview and Timeline in Appendix A.

□ Due in Week One: Research Plan assignment. Submit a research plan for your paper.

□ Suggested in Week One: Brainstorm and narrow your topic selection. Submit a narrowed topic.

□ Due in Week Two: Strategies for Gathering and Evaluating Sources assignment Identify sources for your paper.

□ Due in Week Three: Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing a Source assignment. Learn about how to include the work of others in your paper.

□ Also suggested in Week Three: Learn about the requirements of proper APA formatting.

□ Due in Week Four: Thesis Statement assignment. Develop and submit your thesis statement, which will guide the rest of your writing.

□ Due in Week Five: Outline assignment. Create...
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