Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
Introduction and Guidelines:
For your Final Project, you will work with a group of your classmates on a business case study that will require solving a business related problem using one or more software techniques covered in this course. This project will involve problem analysis, model formulation, and utilization of appropriate software tools to solve the problem. The Final Project consists of a Proposal, Paper, and Presentation.
This project will provide you with valuable experience in utilizing the analytical techniques you have learned in the course to solve business related problems by using computer software, working in groups, and using web tools to interact with each other. I hope you will enjoy this experience.
In Module 1, you will be randomly divided into groups consisting of 4-5 students. Your instructor will notify you of which group you belong to.
Each group will elect a leader to coordinate the activities of the project. The group leader is also responsible for reporting to the instructor if a group member does not respond in a timely manner or participate in the project. It is the responsibility of each and every member to contribute to the project and respond on time to your fellow group members.
To begin, each group will identify a problem to be solved using data analysis in SPSS. The problem to be solved should be real or a close approximation to the real application in business.
Each group will brainstorm on the possible topic based on the past experiences of the group members.
In Module 3, the group is required to submit a Final Project Proposal. The instructor will review the Proposal and will approve the problem and appropriateness of the model and software techniques to be used to solve it. Accounting homework help
Once the Final Project Proposal is approved, the group is to continue working on the Final Project. In Module 7, the Final Project is due. The Final Project consists of a paper and a presentation.
The presentation portion of the Final Project will be a narrated presentation including all members of the group, which will be submitted to the Assignment box and posted to the Module 8 Discussion Board. The group leader is responsible for posting the Final Presentation to the Module 8 Discussion Board. The Module 8 discussion will consist of reviewing and discussing other group’s presentations.
For the presentation, you may need recording/editing software. There are many free audio recording/editing software packages available on the Internet. Just search for, select, and download the one you want to use and follow the instructions for recording/editing audio. Instructions for how to embed audio to your presentation can be found by using the PowerPoint help feature. Click Microsoft’s PowerPoint Narration Guide for additional resources. In addition, you may choose to use a recorded Collaborate session, if the group desires.
The Final Project Proposal is due no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 3.
The Final Project is due no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 7. There are two submissions required for the Final Project:
Submit the Final Project to the Assignment box no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 7. Accounting homework help
The Team Leader must post the Final Project Presentation to the Module 8 Discussion Board no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 7. This is required to complete the Module 8 Discussion.
Components of the Final Project:
- Problem Statement: Narrative of the problem to be solved including title and problem identification and definition
- Data Collection: Real or fictitious
- Model formulation and selection of the appropriate software analysis tools and techniques
- Solve the model using tools selected in part (b) above
- Make recommendations for implementing the solution
- Presentation: Each group will be required to prepare a PowerPoint presentation with a narrated length of about 5-10 minutes. The purpose of the presentation is to explain the problem, solution, analysis of results, and recommendations to your colleagues.
Deliverables and Timeline:
|Assignment||Item||Document||Minimum Requirement||Due Date
(Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT)
|N/A||Group assignment and Group
|The instructor will notify you of your group. Identify who the Group Leader will be and notify the instructor.||Module 1|
|Problem statement||Word Document||350 words||Module 3|
|Data collection||SPSS Data File||50 records or observations||Module 3|
|Model formulation and selection of software tools||Add to the Word document containing the problem statement||Module 3|
|First draft including components a-b of the project||Word Document and SPSS Data File||See above||Module 3|
|Solve the model, test the solution, and analyze the results||SPSS Data and/or Output file showing the solution||Module 7|
|Recommendations for implementing the solution||Word Document||100 words||Module 7|
|Final draft including
components a-e of the project
|Electronic copy of: Word
Document, SPSS Files, and
|Narrated Presentation for the Module 8 Discussion Board . Accounting homework help||Narrated PowerPoint
|5-10 minutes||Module 7
*NOTE: Only the Group Leader will need to post to the Module 8 Discussion
|Grading Criteria||No Submission||Novice||Basic||Proficient||Exceptional|
|1. Problem Statement
|2. Data Collection: Real or
|3. Model formulation||0||< 7||7-8||9||10|
|4. Model Solved||0||< 7||7-8||9||10|
|5. Tested Solution||0||< 7||7-8||9||10|
|6. Analyzed the results and conducted a what-if analysis||0||< 7||7-8||9||10|
|7. Recommendations for implementing the solution||0||< 7||7-8||9||10|
|8. Proper use of Grammar, Word Choice, Terminology,
Composition and Punctuation
|9. Proper use of APA Formatting Style, and
|Competency 8||10. Power_Point Presentation||0||< 7||7-8||9||10|
|TOTAL AVAILABLE = 100
EARNED = ___
|1.||Knowledge, Research Depth, and Critical Thinking||Does not refer to the readings to support premises.||Alludes to the readings in a general way to support premises.||Refers to examples or theories from the readings to support premises.||Supports premises with specific examples and theories and applies high level critical thinking skills.|
|Does not integrate personal observations or knowledge. Accounting homework help||Integrates personal observations and knowledge in a cursory manner.||Integrates personal observations and knowledge in an accurate way.||Integrates personal observations and knowledge in an accurate and highly insightful way.|
|Work produced is disorganized, response is not distinct, and information is not
|Work produced is somewhat disorganized, points of response are distinct, but information is not
|Work produced is organized, points of response are distinct, and information is logically sequenced.||Work produced is organized, points of response are distinct, and information is logically sequenced; key points are made obvious.|
|Theoretical terminology is ignored or misused.||Terminology
matches the textbook and class material.
|Terminology matches the textbook and class material completely.||Terminology matches the textbook. Messages are crisp and persuasive.|
|Word choice and sentence structure are not suitable for doctoral level work.||Word choice and sentence structure need improvement.||Word choice and sentence structure are suitable for doctoral level work.||Word choice and sentence structure exceed expectations for doctoral level work.|
|6.||Composition and Punctuation||Regular typographical, spelling, and punctuation errors that create an obstacle for the reader.||Periodic typographical, spelling, or punctuation errors create reading interruptions.||Minimal typographical, spelling, and punctuation errors.||Errors are rare.|
|7.||Proper use of
|Very little use of references and citations and/or poor usage of APA style.||Some use of references and
citations and/or moderate usage of APA style.
|Good use of references and citations and/or reasonable usage of APA style.||Superior use of references and citations and/or solid usage of APA style.|
|8.||Presentation Quality||Not presented
Presentation lacks a cohesive
Slides are more of a “read-along” with too much text.
|Presentation consists of
Presentation lacks a professional
style and/or does not adhere to
APA citation guidelines.
|Presentation seems adequately
rehearsed and captures the
PowerPoint slides are adequate but
lack innovation and professional style.
|Presentation seems wellrehearsed and captures
the article’s essence.
PowerPoint slides are professional in style,
including a balance of
graphics and text, and
adhere to APA citation guidelines. Accounting homework help