Ethical Dilemma/Controversy Researched Report
Assignment: Choose an ethical dilemma or controversy connected to your career field and write a 4-5 page, double-spaced, formal researched report on the topic.
Ethics are the standards of conduct of a particular profession or group. A dilemma is defined as a situation in which one must choose between difficult alternatives. In an ethical dilemma, choosing between alternatives is challenging because ethical standards may be in conflict. Either choice may uphold one ethical standard but, at the same time, violate another. There may not be a clear cut way to choose between right and wrong.
Audience: The report should be geared for a lay audience (an audience who is not familiar with the field). In the workplace, reports may be read by multiple readers who have different levels of technical knowledge. However, because your instructor is not necessarily familiar with your field (a lay reader), you will need to define discipline-specific terminology and jargon and provide more background about the issue.
Content: Your report should contain the following information:
- Summary of the ethical dilemma or controversy
- A discussion of the ethical issues relating to the dilemma
- A comparison of the different options for solving the dilemma
- A proposed solution containing your personal perspective
Ethical dilemmas and controversies are not always easily resolved. This research is designed to help you examine and analyze a controversy in your career field.
Research Guidelines: You must use a minimum of five (5) sources for the researched report. The sources should be varied, and no more than two web sites can be used as sources. Encyclopedias and dictionaries may be used in the research process but cannot be counted as part of the minimum five sources needed. *Wikipedia may not be used as a resource, as it is not considered reliable.
2. The report must properly document the sources from which the borrowed information comes by using the Modern Language Associationâ€™s (MLA) format for documentation. The paper will include parenthetical citations throughout the body of the report and a corresponding Works Cited page at the end of the report that provides complete reference information about all sources used. A report submitted without a Works Cited page and/or proper documentation throughout the report will receive a grade of zero.
The following elements are required parts of the formal researched report assignment:
- Transmittal Correspondence: The report must be accompanied by a memorandum that provides an introduction of the report to the intended reader.
- Cover Page: The first page of the report must be a cover page that gives the title of the report and the writerâ€™s name and position. The cover page should also indicate the designated reader of the report as well as the readerâ€™s position and the date the report is submitted.
- Table of Contents: The table of contents lists all elements and sections of the report that follow it, giving the page on which each part of the report begins. The table of contents locates the parts of the report by page. Give each section heading a title that accurately describes the contents of that section.
- Executive Summary: The report should contain a summary (a miniature version of the report) that provides a brief, concise, well-organized overview of your report. It should be 1/4th the length of the report and should occur on a page by itself. The summary is single-spaced.
- Text: The text of the report (min. 4-5 pages) should be broken down into sections and sub-sections with headings. The report should be double-spaced and should use a size 12 font. The report should begin with an introduction that states your reportâ€™s purpose, scope, and outlines what will be covered in the body of the report. The report should end with a conclusion or recommendation section that reviews the main points of the reportâ€™s discussion and/or it offers recommendations.
- Page Numbering: The prefatory elements of the report (cover page, table of contents, executive summary) are labeled with lower-case Roman numerals. The title page counts as lowercase Roman numeral page one ( i ). However, the title page is not numbered. Each page after the title page before the introduction is numbered with lowercase Roman numerals (ii. iii). The first page of the body of the report that begins with the introduction is numbered with Arabic one (1), and each page thereafter is numbered consecutively. Be sure to reflect these page numbers correctly in your table of contents.
- Placement of page numbers: You may place the page numbers in one of three places on the page: the upper right-hand corner, lower-right-hand corner or centered at the bottom of the page. Just be consistent in placement.
- Descriptive Headings: Headings must appear in the text exactly as they are listed in your table of contents. Do not entitle sections of your text with vague, general titles, such as â€œBodyâ€ or â€œDiscussion.â€ Instead, break your report into sections and give each one a heading that describes the contents in the section that follows it. Break up long chunks of information under main headings with sub-headings.
- Visual Aid(s): The report must contain one visual aid in the body of the report. The visual must be prepared neatly and labeled appropriately as a Table or Figure and given a title. A citation for where the visual was obtained must be provided directly below the visual aid and each visual must be located with the text it illustrates, not later. Each visual must be discussed in the report.
- Parenthetical Citations: Citations are a required part of the researched report. They document your use of quotes, paraphrases, unusual or unique information, or the opinions of others. Only MLA parenthetical citation format is acceptable.
- Works Cited: A list of all sources actually used in the report must be included at the end of the document. The Works Cited page is the last page of your report and provides a description of the sources. The sources must be arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the author. If no author is listed, entries are arranged by the first important word in the title. MLA-formatted Works Cited lists are never numbered.
- Optional Components: An Appendix can include materials useful to the readerâ€™s understanding of the report. The Appendix is located at the end of the report after the Works Cited page.
In addition, if the report contains many technical terms, a glossary should be created. The Glossary is also located at the end of the report.