WRTG 394 students, In preparation for Writing Assignments #3 and #4, you have identified a problem or need in your workplace or in your community for…
WRTG 394 students,
In preparation for Writing Assignments #3 and #4, you have identified a problem or need in your
workplace or in your community for which you would like to recommend a solution.
For Writing Assignment #3 you will write a proposal to conduct research. This proposal
will be in the form of a memo.
For this assignment, you will prepare a business memo to a decision-maker(s) requesting
authorization to conduct primary and additional secondary research for your final report.
• Step 1: Identify the decision-maker or group of decision-makers to whom you will write
this proposal memo (WA#3) and your final report (WA#4)
• Step 2: Identify primary research (and any additional secondary research) to be conducted
for your final report.
• Step 3: Write the memo using the template provided below.
The Role of This Assignment in Your Research-Based Final Report:
This proposal memo is a preliminary step you take prior to writing your final paper, which is the
research-based report (writing assignment #4). Remember, your final paper in WRTG 394 will
be a report in which you:
• define a problem in your workplace or community persuasively and accurately
• propose a solution or solutions to the problem or issue
As part of defining the problem and proposing a solution, you must conduct primary research.
You might also need to conduct some additional secondary research. In Writing Assignment #3,
the proposal to conduct research, you are persuading a decision-maker or group of decisionmakers
to authorize you to begin conducting this research that will end up in your final report.
The main purposes of the research proposal memo are to:
• demonstrate that the problem you’ve identified for Project #4 is significant enough to
• present a feasible plan or blueprint for your research
• set forth potential benefits to the organization or community from the research that justify
the use of time and resources
Template for Submitting Your Proposal
Note: Please use the format outlined below, including the headers provided in bold, for the
To: [Decision Maker Name(s) and title]
From: [Your Name and title]
Date: [Today’s Date]
Subject: Request to Conduct Research on […]
[Provide a brief summary identifying the purpose of writing this memo.]
What the Problem Is and Why It Needs to Be Investigated
[In a series of paragraphs, describe the problem to which you are going to propose a solution and
explain why you think this problem is important.]
What Secondary Research I Have Conducted about the Problem
[In one paragraph describe secondary research you have conducted on the problem and solution.]
What Primary Research I Will Conduct about the Problem
[In a series of paragraphs, describe primary research you will conduct on the problem and
What Benefits Will Result from My Research
[In one or two paragraphs, describe the potential benefits to your organization or community of
authorizing the research.]
Preliminary Ideas for Solving This Problem
[In a series of paragraphs, describe your recommendations to the problem/situation you are
[In one or two sentences, conclude your memo by repeating the request for authorization and
reminding of the benefits of your conducting the research.]
Your memo should be 800-1100 words in length.
Advice on Conducting Primary Research:
When considering primary research, consider the various forms of research outlined in the
chapters from Markel and Bovee and Thill. Consider the following examples:
• For a report suggesting that an improved training program be established for certain
employees, you might conduct interviews with fellow workers on the topic to see how
and why they might benefit from certain training.
• If you are proposing that email be used less frequently for communication and that
another application be used to improve communication, you might interview fellow
employees on the situation, and you might take screen captures of alternative
communication tools to illustrate how they work and would improve communication in
• For a report on proposing a new traffic light, you might take pictures of the community
area to show where such a playground could be built, and you might interview residents
to get their perspective on the traffic light idea.
• For a report on recycling facilities, you might take pictures of the office environment to
show that current recycling facilities are inadequate, and you might interview fellow
workers about whether they find it easy to recycle materials at your office.
Examples of How to Make Topics Specific for the Final Feport in WRTG 394:
If you write a report to your manager at work suggesting that a better training program be
established for certain employees, you cannot simply prepare a report on employee training.
You must show that the specific type of training you are advocating will solve a specific problem
or problems with regard to employee training in your organization.
If you wish to write a report to your supervisor at work suggesting that email be used less
frequently for communication and that another application be used to improve communication,
you cannot simply prepare a report on the benefits of social media in the workplace. You must
establish that your specific office has problems in communicating by email and indicate the
benefits of using alternative communication systems for your workplace environment.
If you write a report to your neighborhood community association that a traffic light be posted at
a particular intersection, you cannot simply prepare a report on the benefits of traffic safety. You
must show that the specific intersection in your neighborhood needs a traffic light in order to
If you wish to write a report to the manager of your unit at work noting that recycling facilities in
the workplace should be improved, you cannot simply prepare a report on the benefits of
recycling or of good recycling facilities in offices. You must show that your specific work
environment lacks adequate recycling facilities and show how it will benefit from improved