Work Term Report II – Career Research Report

APA Format – In-Text Citation and Reference PagePrintWhen completing your work term report please remember all secondary information included in your report MUST have BOTH in-text citation and be listed on a reference page. Including a list of references on a reference page without in-text citation is considered plagiarism as you have not indicated what information in the body of the report you have taken from someone else’s work.Two ways to use secondary information are:Direct quote (word for word from a secondary source), requires you to put the information in quotation marks.Secondary information written in your own words does not require quotation marks BUT you still must use in-text citation.Please use the link below which is included in the work term report requirements document to ensure all of your in-text citing and Reference List page are formatted based on APA style.http://libraries.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/library/Style_Guides/APA_QuickGuide_6th_V2_2015.pdfThe Library website also includes a program called RefWorks which can provide assistance in referencing secondary material in your report. “RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to compile, edit and format bibliographies by importing references directly from online databases or by entering them manually and inserting them into your finished paper in the citation style of your choice (MUST use APA).” – http://libraries.dal.ca/research/refworks.htmlPLEASE NOTE: For APA Format the listing of references at the end of your document is called “References” NOT “Bibliography” or “Work Cited”.If you need assistance using this software please contact the Library directly.Secondary SourcesAt least six external credible secondary sources are required for this work term report (Wikipedia is NOT a credible source). It also essential not to obtain all of your information from one source but rather a variety. Secondary sources are required to support information included in three sections of the report. The sections and potential sources are listed below.Industry Description Source– Source http://dal.ca.libguides.com/business/industryAnalysis of Trends Impacting the Industry Potential Sources- Source http://dal.ca.libguides.com/business/home and VAULT on MyCareer under “Career Resources”can provide guidance on the industry trends to research- Professional association websitesCareer Path Research Potential Sources- Career Cruising on MyCareer under “Career Resources” tab.- VAULT on MyCareer under “Career Resources” tab- Government of Canada Job Bank – http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home-eng.do?lang=engAPA FormatAll secondary information in this report MUST have in-text citation AND be listed on a reference page as per the APA guidelines. Two ways to use secondary information are:Direct quote (word for word from a secondary source), requires you to put the information in quotation marks.Secondary information written in your own words does not require quotation marks BUT you still must use in-text citation. APA Format Resources• Style Guide on Library website – link below provides detailed examples of how to do APA format o OWL at Purdue: APA style – https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/1/Job Title :Front desk agentOrganization :Lake City MotelDivision :Customer ServiceActual Rate of Pay :11.50Rate of Pay Type :HourlyHours per week :40Start Date :October 01, 2017End Date :January 03, 2018
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NEW Report Requirements
For
Career Research Report
(Report II)
Revised August, 2017
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. i
1.0 Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1
1.1 Course Outline – Need to Read …………………………………………………………………………………1
2.0 NEW Work Term Report Evaluation ………………………………………………………………………………..1
3.0 Work Term Report Learning Objectives ……………………………………………………………………………2
4.0 Secondary and Primary Research ……………………………………………………………………………………..2
5.0 Using Secondary Sources ………………………………………………………………………………………………..4
5.1 Confidential Information…………………………………………………………………………………………..4
5.2 Citations and Policy on Plagiarism …………………………………………………………………………….4
5.3 Academic Integrity …………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
6.0 General Formatting Requirements ……………………………………………………………………………………7
6.1 Leading ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….7
6.2 Font Size ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7
6.3 Pagination ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………7
6.4 Sourcing Secondary Information ……………………………………………………………………………….7
6.5 Interview Transcript …………………………………………………………………………………………………7
6.6 Report Legnth …………………………………………………………………………………………………………8
6.7 Binding …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8
6.8 Proofreading ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………8
6.9 Language ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8
7.0 Components of the Report……………………………………………………………………………………………….8
7.1 Front Matter ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………9
7.1.1 Title Page (1 page) …………………………………………………………………………………………..9
7.1.2 Table of Contents (Maximum 2 pages) …………………………………………………………….10
7.2 Current Position …………………………………………………………………………………………………….11
7.2.1 Company Background (Maximum 1 page) ……………………………………………………….11
7.2.2 Resume (Maximum 2 pages) …………………………………………………………………………..12
7.3 Career Plan Research ……………………………………………………………………………………………..12
7.3.1 Identifcation of Desired Career and Industry (Maximum 1 paragraph) …………………13
7.3.2 Industry Research ………………………………………………………………………………………….13
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7.3.2.1 Industry Description (Maximum 1 paragraph) ……………………………………….13
7.3.2.2 Analysis of Trends Impacting the Industry (Maximum 4 pages) ……………….13
7.3.3 Career Path Research (Maximum 2 pages) ……………………………………………………….15
7.3.4 Impact of Current Position in Achieving Desired Career (Maximum 2 pages) ………16
7.3.5 Summary of Informational Interview (Maximum 2 pages) ………………………………….16
7.3.6 Additional Informational Interview Candidates (Maximum 2 pages) ……………………18
7.4 Understanding of Personal and Work Values Survey………………………………………………….18
7.5 Supporting Material ……………………………………………………………………………………………….20
7.5.1 References (Maximum 3 pages) ………………………………………………………………………20
7.5.2 Appendices (Maximum 10 pages) ……………………………………………………………………20
8.0 Submission Process ………………………………………………………………………………………………………20
8.1 Late Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..22
Appendix A – Report Grading Rubric ………………………………………………………………………………….23
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1.0 Introduction
This document provides an outline of the requirements of the work term report portion of the
COMM3801 course. The work term report is considered your final exam for this course. Final
copies of the work term report are not returned to the student, but are kept on file for six months
and then destroyed. As indicated in the course outline, failure to pass this report will result in a
failure of the course COMM3801. IMPORTANT to also read the course outline for
additional course requirements.
1.1 Course Outline – Need to Read
It is important to read the course outline for essential information not included in this
report requirements document.
2.0 Work Term Report Evaluation
As an accredited co-op university program, students are required to submit a project / assignment
at the end of each co-op work term in order to achieve academic credit. So, this report is a
requirement of the Bachelor of Commerce Co-op degree program, and represents the academic
portion of the work term for which you receive academic credit. Failure to pass this report will
result in a failure of COMM3801.
To help ensure that the work term report grading process is transparent and the comments are
constructive, the Instructor will complete a grading rubric for each student’s work term report.
For reference, a sample of the grading rubric is included at the end of this course outline.
Each work term report evaluation will result in a grade of Pass (P) or Fail (F). An explanation
of each work term report grade is presented below.
Passing Grade – The work term report must achieve a grade of 60% or better according to the
rubric at the end of this course outline in order to receive a passing grade (P).
Failing Grade – If a student receives a grade of less than 60%, or missed the due date without
prior approval, a grade of “Fail” will be received for the work term report and COMM3801 for
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the appropriate term. The student will be given one chance to revise their report by a due date
assigned by the instructor.
The student must do the following:
1. Follow the resubmission procedure outlined in the course outline
2. Contact a BComm Advisor to adjust your registration
Although the student may not have to repeat the actual work term, a new course must be
available for the student to receive a new grade. Grades of “Fail” remain on a student’s transcript
even if the student passes the work term course COMM3801 in the subsequent term. If a student
receives a grade of less than 60% on the resubmitted report, the student must repeat COMM3801
which includes repeating the actual work term and the work term report. Therefore, it is strongly
advised that students follow the work term guidelines and to contact the work term instructor
with any questions.
3.0 Work Term Report Learning Objectives
The objectives of the COMM3801 work term report are as follows:
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Develop an understanding of the impact an employer and a position will have in achieving a
desired career;
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Create research skills to assist in determining a career path in terms of the industry and
positions need to achieve a desired career; and
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Acquire skills to plan, conduct, and document an informational interview.
4.0 Secondary and Primary Research
Your report will require secondary and primary research. Secondary research can be obtained
from internal sources for the company description such as corporate structure, key markets and
product/service offering, location of headquarters, mission/vision as well as a staff count. It is the
student’s responsibility to ensure any information not accessed from a public source (i.e.
internet) is not confidential and your employer approves of you using the information.
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Students are expected to include at least six external credible secondary sources (Wikipedia
is NOT a credible sources) for this work term report. Secondary sources are required to
support information included in the following sections: Company Background, Industry Analysis
and Career/Position Research. Resources can be accessed on Dalhousie library’s online resources
(available off or on campus) at the following location:
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Business Research Guide on the Dalhousie Libraries website http://dal.ca.libguides.com/business
Examples of databases you can access for the COMM3801 work term report are:
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ABI INFORM Trade & Industry Information (ProQuest)
? Contains more than 700 publications on every major industry, including finance,
insurance, transportation, construction, and many more.
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BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE (EBSCO)
? Contains over 10,000 scholarly business journals and other sources, including full
text for more than 1,150 peer-reviewed business publications, SWOT analyses,
industry profiles, company profiles and market research reports.
Regardless of the research method you use, remember your analysis in the Industry Section must
be evidence-based, since you are writing an analytical section, not an opinion piece. Do not just
list or describes trends as you are expected to include analysis in terms of how each trend has or
is or will impact the industry. For all research you gather, you are expected to use APA
guidelines to do in-text citation AND list your references. An APA Style guide is available
online at http://libraries.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/library/Style_Guides/apa_style6.pdf.
Primary research is mandatory for your informational interview. You are required to include
a typed transcript of your informational interview (questions and verbatim answers – do not
paraphrase or summarize answers in your own words in the transcript). If during your
informational interview industry trends are discussed this primary source DOES NOT take the
place of the secondary sources you are expected to use in the industry section of the report.
Please Note: Informal conversations are hearsay, not credible, and are inadmissible as research
sources. In addition, personal experience is not considered a credible source.
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5.0 Using Sources Responsibly
You will consult more than one source while researching your report. Regardless of whether you
use primary sources or secondary sources, you need to take precautions to handle the material
ethically. Do not repeat what someone has said without providing appropriate citations.
5.1 Confidential Information
Many employers become concerned that student work term reports will create breaches of
company confidentiality. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain permission to use any
internal information in their work term report. Be clear with your supervisor about what
sources of data or information you will use in your report. Be aware that your employer
may refuse to allow you to use certain information.
5.2 Citations and Policy on Plagiarism
Use the APA documentation style to cite ideas AND quotations you take from other
pieces of writing, whether published or unpublished. Such sources might include articles
(from newspapers, magazines, or scholarly journals), websites, government reports,
company documents, personal interviews and personal correspondence (including email).
Cite your source even if you do not use exact quotations. Borrowed ideas must be credited
to the original author.
If you use direct quotes, page numbers must be provided in your citation. Failure to give
proper credit to another author constitutes plagiarism. Also, it is considered self-plagiarism
to submit in one course a piece of writing you have already submitted in another course. At
Dalhousie University, plagiarism is a serious academic offence that can result in loss of
credit, suspension, or expulsion. If you have doubts about whether or not you have
properly cited your sources, it is best to consult the Instructor as soon as possible in order
to fix any omissions, and to make your intentions clear.
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5.3 Academic Integrity
In general:
The commitment of the Faculty of Management is to graduate future leaders of business,
government and civil society who manage with integrity and get things done. This is nonnegotiable in our community and it starts with your first class at Dalhousie University. So
when you submit any work for evaluation in this course or any other, please ensure that
you are familiar with your obligations under the Faculty of Management’s Academic
Integrity Policies and that you understand where to go for help and advice in living up to
our standards. You should be familiar with the Faculty of Management Professor and
Student Contract on Academic Integrity, and it is your responsibility to ask questions if
there is anything you do not understand.
Dalhousie offers many ways to learn about academic writing and presentations so that all
members of the University community may acknowledge the intellectual property of
others. Knowing how to find, evaluate, select, synthesize and cite information for use in
assignments is called being “information literate”. Information literacy is taught by
Dalhousie University Librarians in classes and through Dalhousie Libraries’ online Citing
& Writing tutorials.
Do not plagiarize any materials for this course. For further guidance on what constitutes
plagiarism, how to avoid it, and proper methods for attributing sources, please consult the
University Secretariat’s Academic Integrity page.
Please note that Dalhousie subscribes to a plagiarism detection software that checks for
originality in submitted papers. Any paper submitted by a student at Dalhousie University
may be checked for originality to confirm that the student has not plagiarized from other
sources. Plagiarism is considered a very serious academic offence that may lead to loss of
credit, suspension or expulsion from the University, or even the revocation of a degree. It
is essential that there be correct attribution of authorities from which facts and opinions
have been derived. At Dalhousie, there are University Regulations which deal with
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plagiarism and, prior to submitting any paper in a course; students should read the Policy
on Intellectual Honesty contained in the Calendar.
Furthermore the University’s Senate has affirmed the right of any instructor to require that
student assignments be submitted in both written and computer readable format, e.g.: a text
file or as an email attachment, and to submit any paper to a check such as that performed
by the plagiarism detection software. As a student in this class, you are to keep an
electronic copy of any paper you submit, and the course instructor may require you to
submit that electronic copy on demand. Use of third-party originality checking software
does not preclude instructor use of alternate means to identify lapses in originality and
attribution. The result of such assessment may be used as evidence in any disciplinary
action taken by the Senate.
Finally:
If you suspect cheating by colleagues or lapses in standards by a professor, you may use
the confidential email: managementintegrity@dal.ca which is read only by the Assistant
Academic Integrity Officer.
Faculty of Management clarification on plagiarism versus collaboration:
There are many forms of plagiarism, for instance, copying on exams and assignments.
There is a clear line between group work on assignments when explicitly authorised
by the professor and copying solutions from others. It is permissible to work on
assignments with your friends but only when the professor gives you permission in
the specific context of the assignment. University rules clearly stipulate that all
assignments should be undertaken individually unless specifically authorised.
Specific examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
? Copying a computer file from another student, and using it as a template for
your own solution
? Copying text written by another student
? Submitting the work of someone else, including that of a tutor as your own
An example of acceptable collaboration includes the following:
? When authorised by the professor, discussing the issues and underlying factors
of a case with fellow students, and then each of the students writing up their
submissions individually, from start to finish.
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6.0 General Formatting Requirements
6.1 Leading
The report should be 1½ spaced except for the resume which should be single spaced. It
should also be printed on letter-sized paper (8.5” x 11”) preferably double-sided.
6.2 Font size
The report should be typed in Times New Roman in 12-point type.
6.3 Pagination
The title page should not be numbered. Number your preliminary pages (Table of
Contents) with Roman Numerals, starting with page i. Use Arabic Numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.)
for the body of your report, starting with page 1. Page numbers should be on the top right
corner of each page.
6.4 Sourcing Secondary Information
At least six external credible secondary sources are required for this work term report
(Wikipedia is NOT a credible source). Secondary sources are required to support
information included in the following sections: Company Background, Industry Analysis
and Career/Position Research. All secondary information in this report MUST have in-text
citation AND be listed on a reference page as per the APA guidelines located at:
http://libraries.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/library/Style_Guides/apa_style6.pdf.
Direct quotes as well as any ideas or information taken from another source written in
your own words must be sourced. Borrowed ideas must be credited to the original author
or it is considered plagiarism.
6.5 Interview Transcript
MUST BE typed and include questions and verbatim answers/responses. Do not
paraphrase your interviewee’s responses. If you tape your interview you MUST notify the
interviewee that the interview is being recorded.
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6.6 Report Length
The maximum length of each section indicated in the requirements below will be strictly
followed. It is important to ensure your writing is concise.
6.7 Binding
Your report must be bound with a coil binding. (Any photocopy shop, such as Campus
Copy, can do this for you.) Ensure your margins are a standard 1-inch/2.54 cm margin on
all sides of the page. Do not protect pages in plastic sheeting.
6.8 Proofreading
Your report should be computer-generated (i.e. typed) and free from spelling and
grammatical errors.
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