Research Project A Research Paper and an accompanying PowerPoint slide show presentation are due to the instructor by Day 7 of Week Five. Both the Research Paper and the PowerPoint presentation are considered to be one project and must be submitted together when completed. The Research Paper and accompanying PowerPoint slide show presentation should demonstrate an understanding of the readings as well as the implications of new knowledge. The ten-page paper should summarize the research you found about your theme/topic while using the Microsoft Office applications, Diigo web research tool, library databases, and optional Jing or Prezi, to compile all of the text and other objects you decide to include in your paper (charts, clip-art, and other objects). You may choose a topic, but it must be researchable. Be sure to refer to Research Project Milestones in Weeks 1-4. Focus of the Research Paper Your Research Paper will focus on a particular main theme or topic related to today's and tomorrow's technologies and their impact on society. Your textbook will serve as a main source of ideas and information to define and explore your theme/topic. In addition, you will utilize Library databases and web resources (using Diigo) for research. Possible Themes/Topics * Artificial Intelligence * Cloud Computing * Collaborative Applications * Computer and Web Ethics * Converging Technologies * Copyright, Intellectual Property and Innovation * Digital Divide * Green Technology * Mobile Computing * Open Source Software * Social Web * Virtual Reality The research-based paper should demonstrate your competence to do the following: * Define the selected theme/topic and build your thesis and supporting materials. * Conduct research by using the Internet and Library databases to locate, evaluate, and download information from a variety of sources to substantiate your thesis. * Build a complex document that is long and includes tables, graphs and/or other embedded objects. * Generate charts using data from an Excel spreadsheet to include in the paper. * Plan and build a presentation using PowerPoint and/or optional tools to summarize the contents of the paper. * Enhance the presentation with objects from the drawing toolbar and multimedia. * Insert images into documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Writing the Research Paper The Research Paper: * Must be ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in your Ashford University approved style guide, excluding the cover page and the reference page. * Must include a cover page that includes: o Title of paper o Student’s name o Course name and number o Instructor’s name o Date submitted * Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement. * Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. * Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph. * Must use APA style as outlined in your approved style guide to document all sources. * Must include, on the final page, a Reference List that is completed according to APA style as outlined in your approved style guide. Focus of the PowerPoint Slide Show Presentation The PowerPoint slide show presentation will summarize the research paper using a graphical format for instructor and peer critique. While text is used, an electronic presentation integrates graphics, objects from the drawing toolbar, clipart, chart (Excel or PowerPoint) design templates, backgrounds, animation, transitions, and more. Optional: Instead of a regular PowerPoint slide show presentation, you may pursue two alternative routes: * Create a Jing screencast presentation based on your regular PowerPoint slide show * Create a non-linear Prezi presentation The Slide Show Presentation: * Must include eight to ten slides * First, a title slide should be created. * Second, create slide which will show either graphically or through text an organization of your presentation (table of contents). * Third, the body of the slide show must be developed. This will be the bulk of your presentation. * Fourth, create a slide to conclude the presentation. Some people use poems, audio clips, phrases, or visuals to "sum it up.” * Finally, a citation slide listing all references must be created. All sources must be listed which also includes images, objects that you didn't create, etc. * Post your slide show into the Discussion 2: Slide Show Presentation Critique by Day 3 of Week Four. * Do not forget to submit the slide show with your research paper by Day 7 of Week Five.
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