Current Issues or Trends
[WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Prior to beginning work on this assignment,
Review any instructor feedback you received from the Week 2 – Assignment Part 1, Week 2 – Assignment Part 2, and Week 3 – Assignment.
Collect research from at least two credible sources on a current issue or trend in your field (you may use the same issue or trend you used for the Weeks 2 and 3 assignments or choose something different).
Review pages 120 to 128 of your course text, The Last Business Writing Book You’ll Ever Need.
Review How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation (Links to an external site.).
Watch and practice the techniques in the following three videos:
Prevent Disconnection: Forget The Fillers (Links to an external site.)
The Voice for Storytelling: The 1 Thing (Links to an external site.)
How To Use Your Voice on (Audio-Only) Screencasts (Links to an external site.)
For the final project, you will create and record a formal business presentation for an audience of your professional peers using Zoom (Links to an external site.). The purpose is to inform your peers of an issue or trend in the field, show data of this issue or trend that is quick and easy to understand, and provide a recommendation on what should be done regarding this issue or trend.
This project has two parts. For Part 1 you will be creating a PowerPoint presentation, and for Part 2 you will be recording yourself giving the PowerPoint presentation.
Part 1: Create a PowerPoint
In a seven-to-10-slide PowerPoint presentation
Explain your findings of a current issue or trend in your field (you may use the same topic that you began researching in Weeks 2 and 3). In your explanation, answer the following questions:
What is the issue/trend?
Why is this important?
Is there an ethical impact? Explain the ethical impact of this issue or trend, if any.
When did it begin?
What does the data show?
Include at least two graphs, charts, or tables that visually represent data about the current issue or trend in your field. You may use the visuals from your Week 3 assignment and revise them as needed. Use your visuals to answer the following questions:
What is the impact of this issue or trend to your field?
What do you recommend to either resolve the issue or end the trend (if negative) or keep the trend going (if positive)?
Be sure the recommendation is specific and actionable. Justify why the recommendation should be implemented.
Part 1 of the Current Issues or Trends final project
Must use a PowerPoint presentation of seven to 10 slides.
Must include a title slide with the following information:
Title of project
Course name and number
Must apply the written and visual business communication practices and techniques learned throughout this course.
Must use at least two credible sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate reference slide that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Once you have completed and submitted Part 1 through the Waypoint link located in the online classroom, continue on to Week 5 – Final Project Part 2 (the video recording) to complete this assignment.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.