Proposal Planning Guide

This guide contains requirement for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:

  1. Requirements
  2. Planning process

for this assignment, you prepare a proposal in which you propose to write the technical report that you planned in a preceding unit.

Requirements for the Proposal

Your proposal must include the following components. These ten requirements will each have a significant impact on your grade:

  1. Letter or memo format. Use the formats shown in Nursing Staff Handbook Proposal and Wellness Program Proposal.
  2. Introduction. Use the introduction shown in this proposal as a model. Scroll to page 2.
  3. Problem or possible-improvement section. Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  4. Proposed work section. Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  5. Benefits section. Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  6. Optionally, a feasibility section, a method or theory section. Cruise any of the examples as models
  7. Project schedule with key dates. Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  8. Qualifications section. Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  9. Costs break-out section. Don't do your proposed work for free! Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  10. Detailed bibliography section Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.
  11. iDetailed tentative outline. Use the sections shown in any of the examples as models.

The following criteria apply to the proposal:

Name your file starting with some identifiable part of your name, followed by _proposal1, followed by whatever extension your software uses (.doc, .odt, etc.). if you do a revision, change _proposal1 to _proposal2.

Note: To be safe, keep a safe copy of this and all other assignments. expect to receive confirmation from your instructor that your e-mail attachments have been received. if you don't receive e-mail confirmation in 3 or 4 days, get in touch with your instructor.

Before you turn this writing project in, scan it for these errors which you studied at the beginning of semester:

Remember that errors in the list will cause unfortunate problems with your grades.

Planning a Proposal

Use this planner to define the key details for your proposal. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself (and to your instructor, if you wish).

  1. To get started on this project, read the textbook section on proposals.
  2. Be sure and take a look at these example proposals.

  3. To do this assignment, you need to have planned out a report project. If you've not done this, see the report assignment.
  4. Describe the intended audience for your proposal—who are these readers? (Try using the audience planner for this.)
  5. Describe the topic of your proposal. (Try using the topic planner for this.)
  6. Describe the problem or potential for improvement that your proposal addresses.
  7. Describe your role as writer of the proposal—what is your position, title, organization, expertise (either real or invented)?
  8. As you know, in this course the proposal must propose to write some sort of report, or other technical document. It can propose to do other things as well, but it must propose to write something. Describe report or other form of technical document will your proposal propose to write.
  9. Sometimes, the audience of the proposal is different from the audience of the proposed report, the technical document you are proposing to write. If this is the case for your project, describe the audience of the report.
  10. Explain how the audience of your proposal will use the document you are proposing to write. Why do they need it? How will they get access to it?
  11. Explain the benefits or advantages of doing your proposed project. What will the audience of the proposal gain from your proposed project, or more specifically, your proposed report?
  12. Describe the qualifications and expertise that person would need to do the work you are proposing to do.
  13. Is there substantial information available for the report you are proposing to write? Can you find adequate materials in libraries and online? See the study guide on finding information. List the information you find in the following box:
  14. When you are ready, write the draft of your proposal in your preferred software (for example, Word, WordPerfect, or other), and review it against the proposal checklist.
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