Module 5 marks the completion of the first draft of a literature review for your project. The assignment for this module is to complete the first draft, based on the annotated outline for it that you submitted in Module 4. By now, you should have all your sources lined up; have some practice at writing paragraphs for a literature review; and received feedback. If your annotated outline is well developed, turning it into your draft should not be too hard. It just requires putting together all the skills that you have been developing throughout the program to date.

Back in Module 1, you had a chance to look at literature reviews from a number of DBA projects. You should try to emulate the academic style of these reviews to the degree possible.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Length: The draft that you submit should be 15-20 pages long (double-spaced) without counting the cover page and reference page.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. We encourage you to use tools such as grammarly.com and proofread your paper before submission.

As you complete your assignment, make sure you do the following:

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Use evidence from your readings to justify your conclusions.
  • Cite at least five credible resources.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Assignment-driven Criteria:Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.
  • Critical Thinking/Application to Professional Practice:Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem, and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.
  • Business Writing and Quality of References:Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant literature at the doctoral level.
  • Citing Sources:Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in text citations and the reference list.
  • Professionalism and Timeliness:Assignments are submitted on time.

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