Definition Paper Outline

Final Paper

Definition, Thesis, Review of the Literature, and Research Design = 40 points

Personal Perspective and Conclusion = 20 pts.

Content  = 15 pts.

Organization = 5 pts.

Mechanics = 5 pts.

MLA Format = 5 pts.

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First Definition Paper:

This paper is 5 -8 pages in length and demonstrates your ability to synthesize one specific area of study. This paper defines the origin of the subject matter including the following sections: genesis; denotation; connotation; opposing or divergent views; and systems/models/theories of the one specific area of study (your core topic) and the “issue” that you chose to research.

GENESIS: This section contains research of the historical origins of both the core topic and the “issue”. For example, How did Civic Responsibility begin? What are the origins of Ethics? What are some of the early, historical origins of leadership theory? How and where did Globalization originate? Your “issue” should also be researched, for example, let’s say you selected, “Ethics”, and you are interested in practice of animal testing, what are the origins of “animal testing”?

DENOTATION: This section includes key terms that will be used in your research. Include key terms and their definitions (like a glossary). This section may contain to be expanded upon as your research progresses.

CONNOTATION: This section includes your perspectives of how your core topic and “issue” is important in this current day. In other words, what is the relevance of your research today and how has it become popularized?

OPPOSING / DIVERGENT VIEWS: This section includes “both sides of the coin”; elaborate on advantages and disadvantages; pro and con; ethical vs. unethical considerations, etc.

SYSTEMS / MODEL / THEORIES: This section can include any theories, models, charts, graphs, pictures, time lines or other systems relevant to your research.

This first definition paper is fundamental to building the foundation of your research paper.

Thesis Statement:

This section may vary in length and will demonstrate your ability to generate a thesis, which specifically narrows down your chosen topic of interest. Your thesis is your main statement of purpose and will be the driving force in your final paper. You should also include how you intend to research your core topic and issue.

Review of the Literature:

This section may vary in length and will demonstrate your ability to research existing literature. The requirement is 10 sources, properly cited (MLA) that reflects your chosen topic. You can estimate writing at least one page per article. You should be thorough in summarizing the main intent of each article, paraphrasing in your own words the relevance of each article. You must also include a final statement and analysis with each of your articles; justify your sources, discuss their relevance to your thesis, and include any observations or questions pertaining to what your read. Every reference must be properly cited both within the Review of the Literature section and within your Works Cited page.

Research Design:

This section will vary in length and demonstrate your ability to utilize quantitative and/or qualitative data and scientific inquiry in development of your final paper. You may choose your methodology according to the data collection that best reflects your specific area of study. Qualitative data may include interviews or your own personal/professional experiences. Quantitative data may include surveys or questionnaires. You may design the questions for interviews or surveys yourself, or you may research existing interviews or surveys and cite your sources. Please include specific demographics of interviewees or survey respondents, i.e. gender, age, race, occupation, etc. You should be able to critically analyze your data and make sense of significant findings. Please include a discussion section sharing your own perspectives and critical analysis of your data. 

Personal Perspective and Conclusion:

This conclusion section will vary in length (3-5 page estimate) and should summarize your findings on your issue.  Include your thesis and conclusions you arrived at through your research.  Please provide key facts, reasons, evidence, and even charts or graphs from the various portions of your paper and research to support these conclusions and your thesis.  Also include recommendations for future research.    

Final Paper:

Your final paper may be 25 – 35 pages in length and includes all previous sections submitted along with your Personal Perspective and Conclusion. This is the outline for each required section:

COVER PAGE (containing all pertinent student and class information and a title that truly captures the essence of both your core topic and issue).

TABLE OF CONTENTS (with corresponding page numbers)

DEFINITION SECTION

THESIS

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

RESEARCH DESIGN 

PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE AND CONCLUSION

WORKS CITED

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