Course Project Outline AND ROUGH DRAFT

This week you will create a full-length outline of your Course Project (i.e. a map of what you plan to discuss in your paper). This means you need to choose between your two possible topics, do further research, and come up with a working thesis statement. Then create an outline of what you will cover in your paper and how you will support your thesis statement. Your outline should also include a list the sources you would like to use in your paper (remember you must have at least three sources in your paper). If you aren’t sure how to create an outline, see the instructions and video below.

You should review the requirements of your Course Project Instructions download before you complete your draft. The Thesis Statement and Essay Plan download may also help, but be sure to expand this basic structure to meet the requirements of your assignment.

How to Create an Outline

To create an outline:

  1. Place your thesis statement at the beginning.
  2. List the major points that support your thesis. Label them in Roman Numerals (I, II, III, etc.).
  3. List supporting ideas or arguments for each major point. Label them in capital letters (A, B, C, etc.).
  4. If applicable, continue to sub-divide each supporting idea until your outline is fully developed. Label them 1, 2, 3, etc., and then a, b, c, etc.

For a video on how to create an outline for college paper, watch this short YouTube video.

AFTER creating the outline write out a rough draft approaching 1,000 words; 1-inch margins, Double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and In-text citations where appropriate

Introduction – Includes sufficient background on the topic and previews major points, a clear introduction overview including an identified topic, thesis statement, and significance of the topic

Body – Contains at least three main points, which includes an in-depth analysis of an interpersonal communication perspective, theory, social issue, or communication problem you may experience in your chosen field of work. The information provided must flow logically and be supported and cited appropriately per APA guidelines.

Conclusion – The conclusion provides a sufficient summary of the total paper, including the major points discussed and restatement of the thesis.

Reference Page – A reference page is provided at the end of the draft that includes a minimum of 3 academic citations (obtained from the Carrington online library or Google Scholar), and all citations must be in APA format


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