2) Research Investigation of a Scholarly Topic
For this assignment, you will write a 7-10 page research paper on professional communication. The general nature of the paper is flexible, but it should relate to one or more of the topics that you learned during your time as a PCM major.
Topics may include, but are not limited to*, the following:
a) Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
b) Verbal and Nonverbal Skills
c) Communication and Intercultural Relationships
d) Decision Making and Communication
e) Conflict, Communication, and Culture
f) Communication and Organizational Behavior
g) Business Ethics and Communication
h) Communication Skills and Leadership
i) Group Dynamics
j) Social Media for Mass Communication
It goes without saying that you may not use a paper that you wrote for another course for this project, nor may you use large parts of a paper that you wrote for a previous course. The paper should include original research and writing.
The paper should utilize but at the same time go beyond what we covered throughout the session about communication skills in the workplace. In this paper, your purpose is not merely to summarize literature. You need to connect the literature that you focus on to “actual” information, data and/or cases that you can find about the topic. This does not mean that you are required to gather new data. Rather, you are required to search for books, peer-reviewed journal articles, research reports, news, government reports, media, reports from international organizations, cases or case study summaries, etc. that can help illustrate your points.
• An abstract is not required, but is welcome. If you choose to include an abstract, it will not be included in the page requirement of written text in the body of the paper.
•You must demonstrate content mastery of material through the use of other in-class writing assignments as deemed appropriate by the professor.
• You are expected to cite at least one new reference per each typed page. You may cite the textbook in your paper, but it will only count as one reference.