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Business Writing: For the business writing you will assume the role of a Director of a business or facility and write a memorandum to your head administrator describing “events” or recommending
changes that you feel need to be implemented at the facility to improve operations, efficiencies, outcomes, morale, etc. This writing should be based on experiences in your work environment and
should involve MATERIAL issues. An event memorandum should incorporate the following concepts: (i) a description of the event, (ii) effects of events, and (iii) changes required by the event. A policy change memorandum should incorporate the following concepts: (i) a description of the policy change, (ii) how the change will be implemented, and (iii) hurdles that may need to be overcome. The memorandum must be typed with 1” margins, single spacing, a 12 point Times Roman font (including the header portion of the memorandum) and between 1 ½ and 2 pages in length. Exhibit A in the syllabus contains the format for the memorandum. You must use this
format and may NOT use a different format, such as a Memo format with a 25-point Memorandum Heading.
Content: The paper . . . (15 total points)
1. Addresses the topic or question 3
2. Accurately presents assigned authors’ viewpoints 3
3. Provides sufficient textual evidence to support the
4. Topic engages the reader (compelling, focused, specific
and arguable) 5
Structure: (31 total points)
1. The introduction . . .
a. Is present in the paper 2
b. Includes a clearly stated thesis 3
c. Indicates how the paper is organized 3
2. The body contains a complete discussion and support 8
3. Each paragraph . . .
a. Includes a topic sentence 3
b. Develops one main idea 3
c. Has a transition sentence linking it to the next
4. The conclusion . . .
a. Recaps the thesis statement and the essay’s main
b. Presents a closing statement of the writer’s position 3
Organization and Development: (17 total points)
1. The composition . . .
a. Is logically organized 5
b. Structure matches purpose and audience 4
2. Tone and Point of View . . .
a. Is appropriate for audience 4
b. Respects topic 4
Style/Conventions: (12 total points)
1. Language is concise and precise 2
2. Vocabulary range, accuracy and correct/effective word
3. Free of misspellings 2
4. Free of grammatical mistakes 2
5. Complete and a variety of sentences structures 2
6. Correct punctuation 2
Mechanics: (25 points)
1. Paper follows APA assigned style 7
2. References cited correctly (APA style, etc.) 10
3. Paper supported by appropriate research 6
4. Appropriate format (font size, spacing, etc.) 2
Total Points 100
1- Is your paper more than 1.5 pages in length, not counting the cover page and references? 1.5 pages =10 points, 1 pages = 5 points, .5 pages = 3 points,
2- The message is clear? 10 points
3- Does your memorandum address an important condition or event?
4- Do you have a policy change that is to be enacted in detail?
5- Do you have an event or policy change that is described effectively?
6- Do you provide evidence that the policy change or event will improve operations?
7- Do you provide evidence that the policy change or event will improve efficiencies?
8- Do you provide evidence that the policy change or event will improve outcomes?
9- Do you provide evidence that the policy change or event will improve morale?
10- Assignment has clearly been edited? 8 points
11- There are little to no spelling mistakes? 8 points
12- There are little to no grammar mistakes? 9 points
13- Do you have the correct information on the cover page? 4 points
14- Are your margins correct? 2 points
15- Did you use Times New Roman? 2 points
16- Did you use font size 12? 2 points