Final Paper Outline
This week, you will write an outline for your Final Paper. Before you submit the paper, you must do the following:
- Read this sample of an exemplary outline from
a previous class. Please note that at that time students were required
to cover different learning objectives. You are only required to make a
plan for the three listed below.
- Do the “week two training quiz”.
- Use this outline template as a model for doing this assignment.
Before you begin your paper, you must review the Final Paper
instructions in Week Five. You will see that you will be writing a
letter of advice for a couple or group of co-workers, using the first
five course learning objectives of this course. This assignment is
designed to get you to create a preliminary plan for doing that final
assignment that will be due in Week Five. For this week’s outline
assignment you will focus only on the three learning objectives we’ve
already covered in the first two weeks (listed below). Remember though
that in the final draft you will be required to cover all five course
learning objectives. Here are the learning objectives you must cover in
this outline, and some advice for adequately addressing each:
- Explain the principles of and barriers to effective
interpersonal communications. Be sure to address the significance of
each principle in being an effective communicator. The best papers will
list at least two barriers and provide advice for overcoming each of
- Analyze the role of communication in developing and
maintaining one’s self-concept, self-image, and self-esteem. Be sure to
define each term and directly connect each to communication. The best
papers will address the relationship between psychology and
communication and the importance of the relationship.
- Analyze the impact of gender and culture on
interpersonal communications. Explain the relationship between gender,
culture and communication and how acknowledging these elements is
central to becoming an effective communicator. Consider the pros and
cons of what are often deemed more “masculine” versus “feminine” forms
of communication and how various styles can help us in particular
Remember, an outline is not full paragraphs. Instead, it is
in bullet point form. However, you must provide a preliminary
introduction and conclusion so we can see that you are on the right
track. Those are the only places where paragraphs are appropriate. For
more help on outlining, please review this information on outlining
https://awc.ashford.edu/writing-tools-outline.html) Outline created by the Writing Center.
The outline must contain
- An introduction with thesis statement. For help with the thesis statement specifically, please click here:
- All learning objectives, with details about how you plan
to address each. Please be sure to explain how you plan to support all
of your key claims from expert sources. For more information about how
to do this, watch this video: Integrating Research.
Though you will not be writing full body paragraphs, with the exception
of your introduction and conclusion, you still must give your
instructor a sense of how you plan to cover each objective with course
materials, independent academic research, and personal experiences that
correlate with those key points.
- A conclusion. The conclusion should restate the overall
perspective offered in the paper, with a restatement of the thesis and
the central points outlined in the paper.
- A reference page containing at least three academic
resources. You should find at least two of these resources independently
in the University Library. To get started, review the following
resources. And if you need further assistance, please contact the University Library.
Remember, you will need to cite your sources in order to get
credit for the use of course and academic materials, which is part of
how you will be assessed. Please carefully review the grading rubric so
you have a clear sense of how you will be graded. If you are having
difficulties understanding any of these instructions, contact your
instructor. You will receive feedback on this draft so that you can make
the necessary improvements for your Final Paper submission during Week