Post a cohesive response based on scenario provided. To prepare for discussion read Learning Resource and your professional experience. Be sure to discuss the following: “See attachment for detailed instructions  

3-4 PARAGRAPHS
No plagiarism 
APA citing
Discussion 1: Affinity Group Introductions

Affinity groups provide individuals with opportunities to share interests and experiences. For much of this course, you will be working within an Affinity Group composed of students that are working on a similar project track.

For the Discussion in this and following weeks, select the Affinity Group discussion link that aligns with the Capstone Project track you choose—Proposal Track or Research Paper Track. For more information about the Capstone Project, refer to the Assignment 1:

Beginning the Capstone Project section of this page and the Course Information page.

Post your brief introduction there, as well as an explanation of your area of interest. 

Assignment:

Post

 your initial response.

· Provide a comprehensive introduction that includes a scholarly description of your Capstone Project’s focus.
· In your description, provide reliable and supportive data that will demonstrate the credibility of your project.
· 4–5 paragraphs in length
· No Plagiarism
· APA citing

Proposal Project

The Capstone Proposal Project Option

The Capstone Proposal Project provides you with an opportunity to frame a social impact project that could be funded by a foundation, corporation, venture capital firm, government agency, or other capital resource. The method used for this Capstone Proposal is to identify a service, program, or product the student believes will have a social impact in their organization, neighborhood, city, state, country, or globally. While you are encouraged to think on a large scale, you are advised to create a pilot program that if successful can be replicated on a much larger scale. For example, if you want to develop a leadership training program for a school district, the pilot might focus on one particular school, allowing you to work out the flaws and to learn from the smaller experience before moving on to the larger entity. Likewise if you have a product you believe is worthy of introducing into a market, you would be advised to field test the product in a representative area before trying to market the product more globally. In addition to being a prudent business strategy, funders or financial backers often want to field test ideas before fully investing in them on a much larger basis.

If on the other hand, if you are working for an organization, you might want to take an existing idea, service, program, or product and expand it. Then you already have in effect “piloted” the program and service and are looking to now broaden its reach.

In either case however, you must look at the larger picture and think in the larger more macro context as part of writing the proposal: From the larger idea comes the pilot.

The emphasis for this Capstone Proposal Project is a proposal designed to create a real-world social impact should it become funded. Therefore, you must write a well-organized proposal that has real-world potential for funding. The proposal must match criteria outlined by a foundation of your choosing. There are too many potential grant makers to provide a comprehensive list; however, a brief list of selected potential funding sources is listed in the resources section of the course to give you a start. For foundations not included on the list, use the Foundation Center link in the Syllabus to obtain information on foundations of which you might be more familiar. Other helpful source links are also provided to give a head start on finding funding. You can also obtain information for venture capital firms by using the business and government libraries as an initial source.

The format for this project proposal will help you develop a general proposal that can be tailored to meet the funding criteria for a major foundation proposal after the conclusion of your program here at Walden University. Every foundation and funding source has its unique criteria and application processes. However, by completing this project proposal format you will be well on your way towards being able to submit a proposal to an actual foundation.

See attachment of the “Capstone Proposal Project template” to begin documenting your work throughout the duration of this course.

Portfolio of Visions
The Portfolio of Visions Paper is intended to help you coalesce your thinking about what you have learned while participating in the MSL program, consider who you are becoming as a scholar-practitioner, and conceptualize a future vision for your life. This is based upon the idea that most successful people in the world plan their current lives and their futures. The MSL program has been designed to bring a rigorous academic experience together with the student’s desire to become a consummate scholar-practitioner committed to producing social impacts in order to better the plight of humanity. This is done with the full knowledge that you are most whole when you live an integrated way of life with a desire to always becoming a better “self.” To that end, the Portfolio of Visions provides you with the opportunity to bring these disparate parts of your life into to a focused way of being.

See attachment – Portfolio of Visions template

to see the parameters for the project and begin working through the assignments.

Proposal Project

The Capstone Proposal Project Option

The Capstone Proposal Project provides you with an opportunity to frame a social impact project that could be funded by a foundation, corporation, venture capital firm, government agency, or other capital resource. The method used for this Capstone Proposal is to identify a service, program, or product the student believes will have a social impact in their organization, neighborhood, city, state, country, or globally. While you are encouraged to think on a large scale, you are advised to create a pilot program that if successful can be replicated on a much larger scale. For example, if you want to develop a leadership training program for a school district, the pilot might focus on one particular school, allowing you to work out the flaws and to learn from the smaller experience before moving on to the larger entity. Likewise if you have a product you believe is worthy of introducing into a market, you would be advised to field test the product in a representative area before trying to market the product more globally. In addition to being a prudent business strategy, funders or financial backers often want to field test ideas before fully investing in them on a much larger basis.

If on the other hand, if you are working for an organization, you might want to take an existing idea, service, program, or product and expand it. Then you already have in effect “piloted” the program and service and are looking to now broaden its reach.

In either case however, you must look at the larger picture and think in the larger more macro context as part of writing the proposal: From the larger idea comes the pilot.

The emphasis for this Capstone Proposal Project is a proposal designed to create a real-world social impact should it become funded. Therefore, you must write a well-organized proposal that has real-world potential for funding. The proposal must match criteria outlined by a foundation of your choosing. There are too many potential grant makers to provide a comprehensive list; however, a brief list of selected potential funding sources is listed in the resources section of the course to give you a start. For foundations not included on the list, use the Foundation Center link in the Syllabus to obtain information on foundations of which you might be more familiar. Other helpful source links are also provided to give a head start on finding funding. You can also obtain information for venture capital firms by using the business and government libraries as an initial source.

The format for this project proposal will help you develop a general proposal that can be tailored to meet the funding criteria for a major foundation proposal after the conclusion of your program here at Walden University. Every foundation and funding source has its unique criteria and application processes. However, by completing this project proposal format you will be well on your way towards being able to submit a proposal to an actual foundation.

See attachment –
Capstone Proposal Project template

to begin documenting your work throughout the duration of this course.

Research Project

The Capstone Research Project Option

The Capstone Research Paper provides you with an opportunity to explore a social impact research interest in depth. You will identify one or two research questions and a problem to be solved and then explore the subject matter with academic rigor. You will then write a paper that is a minimum of 25 pages and does not exceed 30 pages on the subject of your choosing as long as it relates to some theme studied in the MSL program. (The length of the paper does not include such things as title page, abstract, list of references, appendices, etc.) This is a summary narrative form of paper and should not use questions as headings or lead-ins to the narration. Graduate level critical thinking and writing should be applied when writing this paper and the use of questions should be minimized and focused.

This paper will be well grounded in the literature and the subject must be a real-world social impact problem to be solved. You are strongly advised to write about a problem with which you are truly familiar and to apply theory to solve the problem. It is envisioned that you will write about an organization, community, or social issue with which you are intimately involved. You will cite at least 20 sources from refereed journals, 15 of which must not have been used during your course of study. You may also use textbooks for the remaining five sources to complete the 20-citation source requirement.

The purpose of this paper is for you to demonstrate depth of knowledge and the ability to function as a scholar-practitioner. You will use the APA 6th edition as the source reference for formatting and writing the paper. This paper is a rigorous study of some phenomena and you are expected to stay on point with the subject and to produce a final paper that is worthy of publication. In addition to the APA guidelines for formatting papers, you should use the chapter headings from the downloadable template below.

See attachment –
Research Project template

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Course Schedule

MMSL 6905: Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents

Week 1 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Week 2 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Week 3 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
Week 4 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8
Week 5 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Week 6 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
Week 7 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17
Week 8 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 20

This Course Schedule outlines the assignments and due dates for the course. For full
assignment details and directions, refer to the corresponding area in the course.

Week 1 Approaching the Capstone Project

Resources Required Readings

 Wiseman, L. (2017). Multipliers: How the best leaders make
everyone smarter (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

o Foreword
o Preface
o Chapter 1, “The Multiplier Effect”
o Chapter 2, “The Talent Manager”
o Appendix C, “The Multipliers”

Required Media

 The Wiseman Group. (n.d.). The Multipliers Assessment: Are
you an Accidental Diminisher? [Quiz]. Retrieved December 28,
2018, from http://multipliersbooks.com/multipliers/take-the-
quiz/

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Introductions

By Day 3 of Week 1

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Be sure to post an initial introduction by Day 3. If you do need to
switch groups, please do so by Day 5.

By Day 3 of Week 1

 Post your initial response.

 Provide a comprehensive introduction that includes a scholarly
description of your Capstone Project’s focus.

By Day 5 of Week 1

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your

initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights that
you have gained as a result of the comments that your colleagues
made.

Discussion 2 Multipliers Versus Diminishes, the Accidental Diminisher, and
the Empire Builder

By Day 5 of Week 1

Post a cohesive response based on your analysis of the Learning

Resources and your professional experience. Be sure to discuss the
following:

 As part of this Discussion, summarize and share the results of
your quiz, The Multipliers Assessment: Are You an Accidental
Diminisher? (found in this week’s Learning Resources).

 Reflect on the quintessential Multipliers and Diminishers who
have been part of your career and life experiences.

 Explore and address the question: Are you an Accidental
Diminisher?

 Describe the differences between an Empire Builder versus a
Talent Magnet.

 Explain the comment: “What differentiates them is what they
do with the talent once it’s in the door” (Wiseman, 2017, p. 63).

 Describe the four practices of the Talent Magnet.

 Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the
week’s Learning Resources, as well as other credible
resources you have read or what you have observed and

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experienced.

By Day 7 of Week 1

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment 1 Beginning the Portfolio of Visions

By Day 7 of Week 1

Complete the following:

A. Life Mission Statement (minimum length: 1 paragraph)
B. Life Vision Statement (minimum length: 1 paragraph)
C. My Walden Path Statement (expected length: 2–3 pages; include
reflections from previous end-of-course journals throughout the MSL
program)

Submit your Assignment.

Assignment 2 Beginning the Capstone Project

By Day 7 of Week 1

Submit your Assignment.

Week 2 Aligning Your Capstone Project With Personal Mission

Resources Required Readings

 Wiseman, L. (2017). Multipliers: How the best leaders make
everyone smarter (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

o Chapter 3, “The Liberator”
o Chapter 4, “The Challenger”

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Checkpoint #1

By Day 3 of Week 2

Post your initial response.

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1. Life Mission Statement
2. Life Vision Statement
3. Description of your Capstone option: Proposal or Research

Paper. Summarize your scholarly description of what your
focus will be, what you hope to accomplish, and how this
relates to your Life Mission and Vision Statements.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5 of Week 2

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a
perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your
initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights that
you have gained as a result of the comments that your colleagues
made.

Discussion 2 The Tyrant Versus the Liberator and the Know-It-All Versus the
Challenger

By Day 5 of Week 2

Post a cohesive response based on your analysis of the Learning
Resources and your professional experience. Be sure to discuss the
following:

 Describe leadership differences between a Tyrant versus a
Liberator.

 Reflect on the three practices of the Liberator and how you
include them in your professional life/career.

 Describe how Challengers versus The Know-It-Alls have full
range of motion. In other words, they can see and articulate
big thinking and ask the big questions, but they can also
connect that to the specific steps needed to create movement.

 Reflect on the three practices of the Challenger and how these
affect your professional choice.

 Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the
week’s Learning Resources, as well as other credible
resources you have read or what you have observed and
experienced.

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By Day 7 of Week 2

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment Portfolio of Visions – Final Stages of Life

This week, you will focus on your end-of-life statements that will be
included in your portfolio.

A. “Final Stages of Life” Statement (minimum length: 3 pages)

Here are the types of questions you might consider as you develop
this section:

 How do you see your final stages of life?

 What do you want to have accomplished as a leader by the
end of your life?

 As you consider your final stages of life and the possibility of
having more free time, how do you see yourself using your
free time?

 What do you hope to have learned about leadership and life in
general?

 What is truly important to you when you think about creating a
meaningful life for yourself and those you love?

By Day 7 of Week 2

Submit your Assignment.

Week 3 Shaping the Capstone Project

Resources Required Readings

 Wiseman, L. (2017). Multipliers: How the best leaders make
everyone smarter (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

o Chapter 5, “The Debate Maker”
o Chapter 6, “The Investor”

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Checkpoint #2

By Day 3 of Week 3

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Post your initial response.

The Capstone Project – Proposal Track – Introduction/Overview,
Statement of Need

The Capstone Project – Research Paper Track –
Introduction/Overview, Problem Statement

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5 of Week 3

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a
perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Discussion 2 The Decision Maker Versus the Debate Maker and the
Micromanager Versus the Investor

By Day 5 of Week 3

Post your initial response.

 Compare the differences between the Decision Maker and the
Debate Maker.

 Explain the three practices of the Debate Maker.

 Evaluate the differences between the Micromanager and the
Investor.

 Explain the three practices of the Investor.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7 of Week 3

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment 1 The Capstone Project

Proposal Track

A. Introduction/Overview

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B. Statement of Need

C. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles

D. Cited References

If you have selected the Proposal Track for your Capstone Project,
this week you will develop both the Introduction Overview and the
Statement of Need for your Proposal. You will also be responsible for
reviewing five articles selected for your Annotated Bibliography.
Please review the template document found in the Proposal
Project area on the Course Information page for further information.

By Day 3 of Week 3

Post your Statement of Need and how the literature informs the
shaping of your project to your Discussion Affinity Group.

By Day 7 of Week 3

Based on the feedback from your peers, revise your document to
reflect the recommendations received.

Submit your Assignment.

Research Paper Track

A. Introduction/Overview

B. Problem Statement

C. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles

D. Cited References

This Assignment will be Chapters 1 and 2 of your research paper.

In Chapter 1, provide a frame of reference for developing an
introduction/overview for your paper. For example, you might identify
whether the subject is an organizational issue, a community issue, or
something more global.

In Chapter 2, develop your problem statement, which is a precise
explanation of the problem to be solved.

This chapter should be about 3 pages.

You will also be responsible for reviewing five articles relating to your

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research for your Annotated Bibliography. Please review the template
document found in the Research Project area on the Course
Information page for further information.

By Day 5 of Week 3

Post your Research Paper Context to your Discussion Affinity
Group.

By Day 7 of Week 3

Based on the feedback from your peers, revise your document to
reflect the recommendations received.

Assignment 2 Portfolio of Visions – Family and Home

This week, you will complete your first subject area for the Key Life
Areas section of your portfolio, “Family and Home.” This will allow you
to reflect on the goals you hope to achieve within your family. Be sure
to review the template document found in the Portfolio of Visions
area of the Course Information page.

A. “Family and Home” Key Life Area
B. Goals
C. Objectives
D. Action Statements

Note: You will not turn anything in this week, but this Assignment will
be part of a Discussion Question during Week 6 and will be a Section
in your Final Project.

Week 4 Understanding the Problem and Creating Direction

Resources Required Readings

 Wiseman, L. (2017). Multipliers: How the best leaders make
everyone smarter (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

o Chapter 7, “The Accidental Diminisher”
o Chapter 8, “Dealing with Diminishers”

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Checkpoint #3

By Day 3 of Week 4

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Post your initial response.

The Capstone Project – Proposal Track – Strategies and Initiatives
for Solving the Problem, Intended Outcomes

Consider:

Thoroughly describe how you intend to solve the problem.

Why did you choose the strategies or initiatives you intend to
deploy?

What have you learned from the literature that supports the
actions you intend to take or the need for your products and
services?

What are the specific and measurable outcomes you intend by
implementing your project?

How will people benefit by what you have to offer? Be specific
detailed with your outcome measures.

The Capstone Project – Research Paper Track –
Purpose/Significance, Research Questions (1–2)

Consider:

Whereas introductions focus on the problem leading to the
study, the purpose statement establishes the direction for the
research. In fact, the purpose statement is the most important
statement in an entire research study. It orients the reader to
the central intent of the study, and from it, all other aspects of
the research follow. In other words, the purpose statement
indicates why you want to do the study and what you intend to
accomplish and is the central, controlling idea in a study.

Identify at least one, but no more than two, research
questions. The research questions will guide and shape the
rest of your paper. Specifically connect the research questions
to the problem statement (in Chapter 2) by elaborating on how
you think the two are related.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

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By Day 5 of Week 4

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Discussion 2 The Accidental Diminisher Versus Dealing With Diminishers

By Day 5 of Week 4

Post your initial response.

 Compose a description of Accidental Diminisher profiles that

might enhance your own abilities to become more of an

effective Multiplier.

 Explain how breaking the cycle of diminishing can impact your

organization.

 Analyze the three levels of dealing with diminisher strategies.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7 of Week 4

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment 1 The Capstone Project

Proposal Track

This week, you will develop a list of strategies, initiatives, and
intended outcomes describing how these statements reflect
mitigating the problems identified in your needs statement. You will
also be responsible for reviewing five articles for your Annotated
Bibliography. Please review the template document found in
the Proposal Project area of the Course Information page for
further information.

A. Strategies and Initiatives for Solving the Problem
B. Intended Outcomes
C. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles
D. Cited References

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By Day 7 of Week 4

Submit your Assignment.

Research Paper Track

This week, you will formulate your problem statements and
research questions. This is a critical phase of your research,

because the way you frame your questions will in large measure
determine how you approach your research. Carefully consider what
you have identified as the problem and how it can best be addressed.
You will also be responsible for reviewing five articles for your
Annotated Bibliography. Please review the template document
found in the Research Project area of the Course Information page

for further information.

A. Purpose/Significance
B. Research Questions (1–2)
C. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles
D. Cited References

By Day 7 of Week 4

Submit your Assignment.

Assignment 2 Portfolio of Visions – Financial and Career

This week, you will complete your next subject area for the Key Life
Areas section of your portfolio, “Financial and Career.” Be sure to
review the template document found in the Portfolio of Visions area
of the Course Information page.

A. “Financial and Career” Key Life Area
B. Goals
C. Objectives
D. Action Statement

Note: You will not turn anything in this week, but this Assignment will
be part of a Discussion Question during Week 6 and will be a section
in your Final Project.

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Resources Required Readings

 Wiseman, L. (2017). Multipliers: How the best leaders make
everyone smarter (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

o Chapter 9, “Becoming a Multiplier”

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Checkpoint #4

By Day 3 of Week 5

Post your initial response.

The Capstone Project – Proposal Track – Project Goals and
Objectives, Timeline, Evaluation Strategies

 List the project goals and objectives. If the duration of the

project is longer than one year, then only list the goals for the

years the project will be in operation.

 Create a detailed timeline for the major activities outlined in

your proposal. This can be by day, week, or month. You can

identify the periods numerically by 1, 2, 3, etc. and do not have

to indicate specific dates or times.

 How will you measure success? What specific evaluation

methods will you use to identify the success your project will

have in meeting its intended outcomes?

The Capstone Project – Research Paper Track – Research
Methods

In this section, describe the methods you used in order to solve the
problem. If you used interviews, surveys, or observations, then
describe those procedures in this section and include a description of
how you conducted them.

Include detailed measures you used to protect any participants who
might participate in surveys and/or interviews by addressing the
following 7 questions:

1. How will these participants be selected (what is your criteria:
random sample, sample of convenience, other)?

2. How will you protect the anonymity of those who are

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interviewed or surveyed so that no harm will come to them for
being honest in their responses?

3. Where will you store this data in a safe place?
4. How you would record and transcribe your interviews?
5. Will you use a professionally prepared survey or create your

own?
6. How will you collect demographic data?
7. And most importantly, how will you get written permission from

your participants to use their responses in your data collection

process and to make sure they have the right to withdraw from

your research project at any point in time?

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5 of Week 5

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Discussion 2 Becoming a Multiplier

By Day 5 of Week 5

Post your initial response.

 Construct a description that answers the question: What are
the 10 practices to build a multiplier culture?

 Address the question: How does leading like a multiplier
matter to you, to your organization, or even to the world at
large?

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7 of Week 5

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a
perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment 1 The Capstone Project

Proposal Track

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This week, you will formulate your goals and objectives and
establish a timeline and evaluation strategies for your proposal.
You will also be responsible for reviewing five articles for your
Annotated Bibliography. Please review the template document
found in the Proposal Project area of the Course Information page

for further information.

A. Project Goals and Objectives
B. Timeline
C. Evaluation Strategies
D. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles
D. Cited References

By Day 7 of Week 5

Submit your Assignment.

Research Paper Track

This week, you will formulate your methods section for your
Research Paper. You will also be responsible for reviewing five
articles for your Annotated Bibliography. Please review the
template document found in the Research Project area of the
Course Information page for further information.

A. Research Methods
B. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles
C. Cited References

By Day 7 of Week 5

Submit your Assignment.

Assignment 2 Portfolio of Visions – Spiritual and Ethical

This week, you will complete your next subject area for the Key Life
Areas section of your portfolio, “Spiritual and Ethical.” Be sure to
review the template document found in the Portfolio of Visions area
of the Course Information page.

A. “Spiritual and Ethical” Key Life Area
B. Goals
C. Objectives
D. Action Statement

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Note: You will not turn anything in this week, but this Assignment will
be part of a Discussion Question during Week 6 and will be a section
in your Final Project.

Week 6 Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses

Resources There are no Learning Resources this week.

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Checkpoint #5

By Day 3 of Week 6

Post your initial response.

The Capstone Project – Proposal Track – Competition, SWOT

Analysis, Case Statement

The Capstone Project – Research Paper Track – Comprehensive
Summary of Literature Review

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5 of Week 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Discussion 2 Summarizing Your First Three Key Life Areas From Your
Portfolio of Visions

Now that you have completed your first three Key Life Areas (Family
and Home, Financial and Career, and Spiritual and Ethical), it is time
to provide a summary of all three in this week’s Discussion 2. Provide
a comprehensive overview of your main goals and what you would
like to accomplish in those areas in the short term.

By Day 5 of Week 6

Post your initial response.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

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Week 6 Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses

By Day 7 of Week 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a
perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment 1 The Capstone Project

Proposal Track

This week, you will once again have the help and support of your
peers by engaging in a discussion of your coursework with your
Affinity Group. As always, please take the time to give meaningful
feedback to your group members, as this is what you would also
prefer to receive.

Who else is doing what you intend to do with your project? What is
their experience? How long have they been in business? What are
the collaboration possibilities for you or your organization to maximize
resources and increase the impact of your project?

Present a clear case statement about why you or your organization is
best positioned to meet the challenges outlined in your Statement of
Need. What qualifications do you have that make you uniquely
qualified to implement this project successfully?

A. Competition
B. SWOT Analysis
C. Case Statement
D. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles
E. Cited References

Your Assignment should be at least 3 pages.

By Day 7 of Week 6

Submit your Assignment.

Research Paper Track

This week, you will complete a comprehensive summary of what you
have learned from your literature review. You will also be responsible
for reviewing five articles for your Annotated Bibliography. Please

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review the template document found in the Research Project area of
the Course Information page for further information.

In this section, provide a summary of the literature and discuss how it
works in light of the problem you are trying to resolve. This chapter,
however, should not merely string together what other researchers
have found. Rather, you should discuss and analyze the body of
knowledge with the ultimate goal of determining what is known and is
not known about the topic. The literature review thus describes and
analyzes previous research on the topic.

A. Comprehensive Summary of Literature Review
B. Annotated Bibliography for 5 Research Articles
C. Cited References

By Day 7 of Week 6

Submit your Assignment.

Assignment 2 Portfolio of Visions – Physical and Health

This week, you will complete your next subject area for the Key Life
Areas section of your portfolio, “Physical and Health.” Consider what
types of goals or activities would be important to maintain the health
needed to enjoy and fulfill the other plans for your life. Be sure to
review the template document found in the Portfolio of Visions area
of the Course Information page.

A. ”Physical and Health” Key Life Area
B. Goals
C. Objectives
D. Action Statement

Note: You will not turn anything in this week, but this Assignment will
be a section in your Final Project.

Week 7 The Social Impact

Resources There are no Learning Resources this week.

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Week 7 The Social Impact

Discussion 1 Affinity Group Checkpoint #6

For this Discussion, take the final opportunity to utilize the help and
support of your peers by engaging in dialogue regarding your
coursework with your Affinity Group. Seriously consider suggestions
given by your peers about ways to improve your work and provide
meaningful feedback on their projects as well.

By Day 3 of Week 7

Post your initial response.

The Capstone Project – Proposal Track – Cost to Participants or

Customers, Budget, Project Summary

The Capstone Project – Research Paper Track – Findings and
Conclusions, Recommendations

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5 of Week 7

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a

perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Discussion 2 Key Life Area Goals, Objectives, and Action Plans

It is now time to post your goals, objectives, and action plans that you
developed for your Portfolio of Visions. Post this document to the
Class Discussion area and describe how your goals, objectives, and
action plans will help you meet your social impact interests.

By Day 5 of Week 7

Post your initial response.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7 of Week 7

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a
perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

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Assignment 1 The Capstone Project

Proposal Track

Note: Your entire completed Capstone Project is due by Day 7 of
this week.

This week, you will develop the costs and budget for your project, as
well as provide a project summary. The budgeting phase is a critical
component of any proposal because it helps you evaluate what is
realistic and if any parts of your plan might not be feasible.

Title Page, Table of Contents, Sections 1–14, Appendices,
Acknowledgments, Cited References, 20 Annotated Bibliographies.

By Day 7 of Week 7

Submit your Assignment.

Research Paper Track

Note: Your entire completed Capstone Project is due by Day 7 of

this week.

This week, you will finalize your findings, conclusion, and
recommendations. Be sure to include a discussion of both those
areas where the findings met your expectations and also areas where
you might have been surprised by what you learned. Also, identifying
future areas where additional research is needed is a great addition
to your discussion of recommendations.

Title Page, Table of Contents, Chapters 1–8, Appendices,
Acknowledgments, Cited References, 20 Annotated Bibliographies.

By Day 7 of Week 7

Submit your Assignment.

Assignment 2 Portfolio of Visions

Social and Cultural

This week, you will complete your next subject area for the Key Life

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Areas section of your portfolio, “Social and Cultural.” One of the most
rewarding parts of your life can be in the relationships and
experiences you have interacting with those in the community and
world around you and growing and learning from that interaction. Be
sure to review the template document found in the Portfolio of
Visions area of the Course Information page.

A. “Social and Cultural” Key Life Area
B. Goals
C. Objectives
D. Action Statement

Mental and Educational

This week, you will complete your final subject area for the Key Life
Areas section of your portfolio, “Mental and Educational.” Keeping
your mind active and alert is just as important as physical exercise.
Be sure to review the examples and the template provided in
the Portfolio of Visions area of the Course Information page.

A. “Mental and Educational” Key Life Area
B. Goals
C. Objectives
D. Action Statement

Note: You will not turn anything in this week, but this Assignment will
be a section in your Final Project.

Week 8 Reflection

Resources Required Readings

 Walden University. (n.d.). Master of science in leadership
program. Retrieved from http://www.waldenu.edu/Degree-
Programs/Masters/39218.htm

Discussion The Capstone Project Review

Now that you have submitted your completed Capstone Project, it is
time to look back on your work and reflect through the creation of a
brief slideshow presentation. This will also provide other class
members with the opportunity to share their own work and garner
new information from yours.

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By Day 5 of Week 8

Post your initial response. Your original post will be a creative and
scholarly PowerPoint presentation consisting of 5–6 slides,
summarizing your Capstone project.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7 of Week 8

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a
perspective other than yours. Your response will typically be 2–3
paragraphs in length, as a general expectation.

Assignment 1 Reviewing Walden University’s Learning Outcomes

To begin this Assignment, follow the link below to the Master of
Science in Leadership Program website (located in this week’s
Learning Resources) where you will find the Learning Outcomes for
the Masters in Leadership program.

After reviewing the Learning Outcomes for the Master of Science in
Leadership (MSL) program, please respond to the following:

 Identify to what degree you met each of the seven Learning
Outcomes and describe any challenges you may have faced.

 Identify the three Learning Outcomes you felt were most
completely addressed in the program itself, as well as any you
felt needed greater attention in the program.

 Looking back at the impact of the Walden MSL program on
your life, what are four principles or concepts that you have
incorporated or hope to incorporate into your approach to
leadership? Why did you select the principles that you did?
What makes these four principles stand out for you?

 This Assignment should be 3–4 pages.

By Day 7 of Week 8

Submit your Assignment.

Assignment 2 Portfolio of Visions

Note: Your entire completed Portfolio of Visions is due by Day 7 of

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this week.

You should include all sections:

 Title Page, Table of Contents
 “Life Mission Statement”
 “Life Vision Statement”
 “My Walden Path”
 “Final Stages of Life”

Key Life Areas:

 A. Goals
 B. Objectives
 C. Action Statements for each of the following:
 “Family and Home”
 “Financial and Career”
 “Spiritual and Ethical”
 “Physical and Health”
 “Social and Cultural”
 “Mental and Educational”

By Day 7 of Week 8

Submit your Assignment.

Course
Evaluation

Complete your Course Evaluation by Day 7.

Walden University
MMSL 6905: Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents

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Course Introduction
Welcome to MMSL 6905: Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents.

This course sets out to bridge the gap between theory and practice. As such, it presents you with an
opportunity to put all of your leadership skills to the test as you engage in one of two tracks from
which you will select your Capstone Project, compile your Portfolio of Visions, and prepare to present
your social impact idea in a professional manner.

In this course, you will select one of two project tracks. The first track of the Capstone Project,
referred to as the Proposal Track, will provide you with an opportunity to identify a service, program,
or product (existing or non-existing) that you believe will have a social impact in your organization,
neighborhood, city, state, country, or globally.

The second track of the Capstone Project, referred to as the Research Paper Track, will provide you
with an opportunity to explore a social impact research interest in depth, which will be manifested in a
25- to 30-page paper. You will identify one or two research questions and a problem to be solved and
then explore the subject matter with academic rigor.

To be completed by all students, the Portfolio of Visions paper is intended to help you coalesce your
thinking about what you have learned while participating in the MSL program, consider who you are
becoming as a scholar-practitioner, and conceptualize a future vision for your life.

You will be introduced to the concepts of Multipliers and Diminishers in our text Multipliers: How the
Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (Rev. ed.). This resource will provide you with opportunities to
explore two leadership styles. Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on
organizations, while developing and attracting talent, cultivating new ideas, and energy to drive
organizational change and innovation. Diminishers are known as those who can drain intelligence,
energy, and capability from the people around them, otherwise known as the idea killers, energy
sappers, and the diminishers of talent and commitment.

Throughout this course, you will be expected to complete your assignments and meet the deadlines
set in the classroom and by your Course Instructor. You will also have many opportunities to both
provide feedback to, as well as elicit feedback from, your peers through Affinity Group and through

whole-class discussions of coursework.

Always remember Anthony Robbins’ words: “The only limit to your impact is your imagination and
commitment.”

Please take some time to review the information found on the course navigation menu. You may also
wish to introduce yourself to your colleagues in the Class Café. If you are new to Blackboard, be sure
to review the information on the Course Home page, which explains how your course materials are
organized here in the online classroom.

If you have questions, contact Technical Support or your Instructor before the question becomes a
problem. Once again, welcome!

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Portfolio of Visions
The Portfolio of Visions Paper is intended to help you coalesce your thinking about what you have
learned while participating in the MSL program, consider who you are becoming as a scholar-
practitioner, and conceptualize a future vision for your life. This is based upon the idea that most
successful people in the world plan their current lives and their futures. The MSL program has been
designed to bring a rigorous academic experience together with the student’s desire to become a
consummate scholar-practitioner committed to producing social impacts in order to better the plight of
humanity. This is done with the full knowledge that you are most whole when you live an integrated
way of life with a desire to always becoming a better “self.” To that end, the Portfolio of Visions
provides you with the opportunity to bring these disparate parts of your life into to a focused way of
being.

Download the Portfolio of Visions template to see the parameters for the project and begin working
through the assignments.

Proposal Project
The Capstone Proposal Project Option

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The Capstone Proposal Project provides you with an opportunity to frame a social impact project that
could be funded by a foundation, corporation, venture capital firm, government agency, or other
capital resource. The method used for this Capstone Proposal is to identify a service, program, or
product the student believes will have a social impact in their organization, neighborhood, city, state,
country, or globally. While you are encouraged to think on a large scale, you are advised to create a
pilot program that if successful can be replicated on a much larger scale. For example, if you want to
develop a leadership training program for a school district, the pilot might focus on one particular
school, allowing you to work out the flaws and to learn from the smaller experience before moving on
to the larger entity. Likewise if you have a product you believe is worthy of introducing into a market,
you would be advised to field test the product in a representative area before trying to market the
product more globally. In addition to being a prudent business strategy, funders or financial backers
often want to field test ideas before fully investing in them on a much larger basis.

If on the other hand, if you are working for an organization, you might want to take an existing idea,
service, program, or product and expand it. Then you already have in effect “piloted” the program and
service and are looking to now broaden its reach.

In either case however, you must look at the larger picture and think in the larger more macro context
as part of writing the proposal: From the larger idea comes the pilot.

The emphasis for this Capstone Proposal Project is a proposal designed to create a real-world social
impact should it become funded. Therefore, you must write a well-organized proposal that has real-
world potential for funding. The proposal must match criteria outlined by a foundation of your
choosing. There are too many potential grant makers to provide a comprehensive list; however, a brief
list of selected potential funding sources is listed in the resources section of the course to give you a
start. For foundations not included on the list, use the Foundation Center link in the Syllabus to obtain
information on foundations of which you might be more familiar. Other helpful source links are also
provided to give a head start on finding funding. You can also obtain information for venture capital
firms by using the business and government libraries as an initial source.

The format for this project proposal will help you develop a general proposal that can be tailored to
meet the funding criteria for a major foundation proposal after the conclusion of your program here at
Walden University. Every foundation and funding source has its unique criteria and application
processes. However, by completing this project proposal format you will be well on your way towards
being able to submit a proposal to an actual foundation.

Download the Capstone Proposal Project template to begin documenting your work throughout the
duration of this course.

Research Project
The Capstone Research Project Option

The Capstone Research Paper provides you with an opportunity to explore a social impact research
interest in depth. You will identify one or two research questions and a problem to be solved and then
explore the subject matter with academic rigor. You will then write a paper that is a minimum of 25
pages and does not exceed 30 pages on the subject of your choosing as long as it relates to some
theme studied in the MSL program. (The length of the paper does not include such things as title
page, abstract, list of references, appendices, etc.) This is a summary narrative form of paper and
should not use questions as headings or lead-ins to the narration. Graduate level critical thinking and
writing should be applied when writing this paper and the use of questions should be minimized and
focused.

This paper will be well grounded in the literature and the subject must be a real-world social impact
problem to be solved. You are strongly advised to write about a problem with which you are truly
familiar and to apply theory to solve the problem. It is envisioned that you will write about an
organization, community, or social issue with which you are intimately involved. You will cite at least
20 sources from refereed journals, 15 of which must not have been used during your course of study.
You may also use textbooks for the remaining five sources to complete the 20-citation source
requirement.

The purpose of this paper is for you to demonstrate depth of knowledge and the ability to function as
a scholar-practitioner. You will use the APA 6th edition as the source reference for formatting and
writing the paper. This paper is a rigorous study of some phenomena and you are expected to stay on
point with the subject and to produce a final paper that is worthy of publication. In addition to the APA
guidelines for formatting papers, you should use the chapter headings from the downloadable
template below.

Academic Integrity

Document: Proposal Project Template (Word document)

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Walden University considers academic integrity to be essential for each student’s intellectual
development. Therefore, students and faculty should familiarize themselves with the university’s Code
of Conduct, which includes the policy on academic integrity, as outlined in the Walden University
Student Handbook. You should also be familiar with Walden’s Technology Policies.

More information about the Code of Conduct is located on the Support, Guidelines, and
Policies page.

A violation of academic integrity is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair
academic advantage for the student or an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any other
member or members of the academic community. A violation of academic integrity can include, but is
not limited to:

Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as use of intellectual material produced by another person
without acknowledging its source. Plagiarism includes using the views, opinions, or insights of
another without acknowledgment as well as misuse of your own scholarly work.
Cheating. Cheating is defined as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment.
Providing False Information. Providing false information includes fabricating or altering
information or data and presenting it as legitimate as well as providing false or misleading
information to an instructor or any other university staff member.
Copyright Violation. Walden recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and requires all
members of the university community to use copyrighted materials in a lawful manner.
Misrepresentation of Credentials. Any statements made and documents supplied by a student or
applicant regarding past or current academic programs, degrees, or professional accomplishments
must be complete and accurate.
Theft or Damage of Property. Theft or damage of property includes, but is not limited to, obtaining
a copy of an assignment or exam prior to its approved release by the faculty member.
Alteration of University Documents. Examples of alteration of university documents include
forging the signature of an instructor or university official on a document and submitting an altered
transcript of grades.

For more information on and examples of the above violations, as well as the review process for Code
of Conduct violations, please refer to the Walden University Student Handbook.

SafeAssign Policies

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To review Walden’s policy on academic integrity, visit the Code of Conduct in the Walden University
Student Handbook. More information about the Code of Conduct is located on the Support,
Guidelines, and Policies page.

Thank you for your commitment to and partnership in maintaining academic integrity.

SafeAssign Drafts
Within the classroom, students can submit drafts to SafeAssign during a course, to be proactive in
checking for potential inadvertent plagiarism issues or incorrect APA 7th edition style citations. Please
note that this area is for drafts only; and students must submit the final copy of their assignment in the
appropriate area in the classroom.

For more information on how to use SafeAssign and interpret originality reports, please refer to the
following resource:

Click the “SafeAssign Drafts” link below to begin submitting drafts.

Doc Sharing

As we collaborate with each other throughout the term, you may wish to support other members
of the class by sharing documents or other files. Doc Sharing encourages us to collaborate and
help each other to be successful.

Click the “Doc Sharing” link to begin sharing files or return to “Course Home” from the slide out menu,
and then click “Doc Sharing” from the Blackboard menu!

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SafeAssign Student Tutorial

To submit your SafeAssign Drafts:

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Webliography

Similar to Doc Sharing, you may wish to share hyperlinks to articles, web pages, presentations,
videos, or other items that are already on the Internet. Posting Webliography items is another
great way to help each other to be successful.

Click the “Webliography” link to begin sharing hyperlinks or return to “Course Home” from the slide
out menu, and then click “Webliography” from the Blackboard menu!

To participate in Doc Sharing:

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Outcomes and Alignment Chart

MMSL 6905: Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents

University Outcomes

I. Facilitate positive social change where they work, in their communities, and in
society.

II. Use their knowledge to positively impact their profession, communities, and
society

III. Demonstrate a commitment to learning
IV. Apply their learning to specific problems and challenges in their workplace and

professional settings
V. Demonstrate information literacy*

VI. Demonstrate and understanding of the methods of inquiry used in their
professional or academic field

VII. Practice legal and ethical integrity in their professional work
VIII. Effectively communicate their ideas and the rationale behind them to others

IX. Support diversity and multiculturalism within their profession, communities, and
society

*Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, and being able
to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.

College Outcomes

1. Use discipline-specific practices within a culturally diverse and/or global context
2. Integrate systems thinking in a global context
3. Employ critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and develop potential solutions

to complex organizational problems
4. Practice ethical decision making to promote individual and organizational well-

being
5. Apply effective collaboration techniques within organizations
6. Apply discipline-specific knowledge to improve individual and organizational

performance and opportunities
7. Contribute to positive social change through their work with organizations and in

society
8. Communicate effectively in multiple and diverse environments
9. Actively seek opportunities for personal and professional growth
10. Lead to create mutually beneficial organizational outcomes

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Program Outcomes

1. Apply leadership principles utilized to foster positive transformation of individuals
and organizations.

2. Effectively utilize communication strategies appropriate to intended audience.
3. Assess relationship -building strategies used by leaders.
4. Evaluate holistic problem solving strategies that leaders use in complex

environments.
5. Utilize effective self-reflections skills in order to continue a lifelong evaluation of

personal leadership values, strengths, and goals.
6. Appraise techniques leaders use to facilitate effective collaboration necessary to

lead others towards a common goal.
7. Evaluate appropriate social change leadership strategies.

Course Outcomes

1. Evaluate methods leaders use to identify viable solutions to complex social
impact problems

2. Synthesize personal visions and life action strategies in developing solutions to
complex social impact problems

3. Compose a personal life action plan that is aligned with living a life as an agent of
social change

4. Analyze the effects of a social impact problem in the context of solution driven
outcomes

5. Assess the roles and needs of the various stakeholders in a selected social
impact context

6. Construct a Capstone project that has the potential to mitigate the effects of a
real-world social impact problem

7. Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the MSL program

Weekly Objectives Alignment Chart

Week 1: Approaching
the Capstone Project

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Compare and contrast
life mission, vision, and
Walden path statements

D1
A1

7 5, 7 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
10

I, III, IV, VII, VIII,
IX

Evaluate factors
affecting multiplier
versus diminisher
effects

D2

1 1, 3, 7 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Propose an area of
research focus
culminating in either a
Proposal Project or
Research Paper

A2 6 2, 3, 4, 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

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Week 2: Aligning your
Capstone Project with
Personal Mission

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Articulate your vision for
your lifetime
development as a
leader

D1
A1

3 1, 2, 5, 7 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Analyze how the
Capstone Project
relates with your life
mission and vision

D1

3, 6 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 7

1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Analyze aspects of
leadership based on
“Multipliers”

D2 1 1, 3, 7 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Week 3: Shaping the
Capstone Project

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Evaluate the social
impact (organization,
community, or
individual) your
Capstone project will
address

D1, A1 4, 6 2, 3, 4, 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Analyze selected project
topic and alignment with
the literature

D1, A1 5,6 2, 3, 4, 6,
7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Articulate your vision for
your lifetime
development as a
leader

D1
A1

2 1, 2, 5, 7 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Analyze aspects of
leadership based on
“Multipliers”

D2 1 1, 3, 7 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Week 4:
Understanding the
Problem and Creating
Direction

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Formulate
strategies/initiatives and
outcomes or
purpose/significance
statements and
research questions
(based on the Capstone
Project)

D1
A1

4, 5, 6 2. 3, 4, 6,
7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Analyze aspects of
diminishers based on
“Multipliers”

D2 4 4, 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Week 5: Formulating
the Plan of Attack

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Formulate goals,
objectives, time line,

D1
A1

4, 5, 6 2, 3, 4, 6,
7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

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Week 5: Formulating
the Plan of Attack

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

and evaluation
strategies or research
methods (based on the
Capstone Project)

Analyze aspects of
multiplier culture

D2 4 4, 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Week 6:
Understanding
Strengths and
Weaknesses

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Formulate description of
competitors, SWOT
analysis, and case
statement or summary
of literature review
(based on the Capstone
Project)

D1
A1

4, 5, 6 2, 3, 4, 6,
7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Articulate your vision for
your lifetime
development as a
leader

D2 2, 3 1, 2, 5, 7 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Synthesize general
statements for Key Life
Areas (first 3)

D2

6 2, 3, 4, 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Week 7: The Social
Impact

Met In
(D#/A#)

Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Formulate description of
costs, budget, and
project summary or
findings, conclusions,
and recommendations
(based on the Capstone
Project)

D1
A1

2, 3, 6 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

Align goals/objectives
with social impact
interests

D2
A1

5, 6 3, 6, 7 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
10

I, III, IV, VII, VIII,
IX

Week 8: Reflection Met In

(D#/A#)
Course
Outcomes

Program
Outcomes

College
Outcomes

University
Outcomes

Evaluate the outcomes
and impact of the
program

A1 7 5, 7 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
10

I, III, IV, VII, VIII,
IX

Articulate your vision for
your lifetime
development as a
leader

A2 3 1, 2, 5, 7 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,
VII, VIII, IX

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A = Assignment
D = Discussion

MMSL 6905 – Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents

APA Formatted Title Page

Portfolio of Visions

Life Mission Statement

Develop a life mission statement for yourself. A mission statement captures the essence of where you want to go and what it means to exist. It is a very general statement about what you want to do with your life. The question at the end of your life will be, “Did I accomplish my mission in life?” It may be helpful to start your mission statement with “My life mission statement is…”
Sample Life Mission Statement

My life mission statement is to assist individuals and organizations to maximize their potentialities: Here is an example of a life mission statement:
“My life mission statement is to live with integrity and empathy, become a positive force in the lives of others and apply my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and optimism to cultivate the growth and worth within the lives of individuals around the world.”

Life Vision Statement (minimum 1 page)

A vision statement expands on the mission statement and further elaborates upon how the mission will become actualized.
Sample Life Vision Statement (minimum 1 page)
“My life vision is to provide influence toward creating a world where an individual has the ability to contribute with their full potential; where each person applies their intrinsic genius and leadership to foster outstanding value, peace, and worth. My life will be rich with laughter, family, friends, compassion, and learning. I will strive to live each day as though I had the power and inspiration essential to influence the world. Through genuinely listening to and serving others, I will strive to learn new philosophies and gain a deeper understanding for myself and those that surround me. I will seek to increase mastery over life’s trials and hardships through expanding my awareness and influence. Throughout my life, I will act in ways that allow me to rise above and become a beacon of light for those who elect to follow or lead along my journey. Through my adulthood, I will trust my dreams, visions, and aspirations to ensure I never become a prisoner of fear. I will remain humble and use my own personal victories and accomplishments to create value for others. I strive to continue to seek new and innovative sources of knowledge and for learning and growth. I will continue my evolution as a spiritual being and never lose sight of the fact that I have the power to create; create my own reality and my own environment that can be occupied with each of my dreams and desires. When my end days come, I want to be able to say, “I may not have reached the Moon, but I have most definitely landed on a star.” I choose to make a difference in this world.”

My Walden Path (minimum 3-4 pages)

Begin by reviewing all of your journals written while participating in the Walden University MSL program. How has this experience evolved your theory of leadership? How does this evolved theory inform your life mission? Draw upon your “End of Course Reflection Journals” to discuss how you have changed and how your leadership has changed.
Provide a detailed description of the most important things that you have learned during your time in the MSL program. Recall some of your expectations upon entering Walden University and describe to what extent those expectations have been met. How has your MSL experience shaped who you have become? How does who you have become enable you to more fully live your life mission and vision?

Final Stages of Life (minimum 3-4 pages

Address each of the following questions as you what you hope to have accomplished throughout your life:

· How do you see your final stages of life?

· What do you want to have accomplished by the end of your life?

· As you consider your final stages of life and the possibility of having more free time, how do you see yourself using your free time?

· What do hope to have learned about life in general?

· What is truly important to you when you think about creating a meaningful life for yourself and those you love? It is not about what we have but what we do with our lives that will bring us the most joy. You can have all of the toys in the world and be truly miserable.

Key Life Areas:

Goals

A goal is something that you want to achieve. It is the “what you want to do.” Goals can be relatively short term (1 year) or much longer in duration. Because of its general nature, a goal is not always measurable in and of itself, but provides direction and focus for more specific statements known as objects and action steps. The farther away in time the goal is away from this moment, the less we can see in terms of how to accomplish it. For example, if you reflect back upon your decision path to attend graduate school, the farther away you were from making it happen, the less you knew about how it was going to happen. As you moved closer towards making your decision, it became less a statement about “I want to attend graduate school” and more a statement of “I want to attend graduate school at Walden University.”

There are many key areas in life that afford you opportunities to become successful. Write at least one goal for each key life area. Include goals for 1 year, 5 years, 15 years, and 20 years:

Sample Mental and Education One–Year Goal:

To develop a tribal leadership program for indigenous people around the world that is steeped in indigenous traditions and is aligned with their spiritual practices.

Action Statements

An action statement is just what it implies. It is a statement of intended actions in order to achieve a goal. It helps us to outline what we have to do in order to accomplish something of interest.

Sample Action Statement

In order to create a tribal leadership program, I will find a platform and the resources to create this program. Since I do not have the resources on my own, I will find like-minded people who share this vision to help me fulfill my dream of helping indigenous people improve their lives. I want to accomplish this within five years.

Objectives

Objectives are measurable statements that are aligned with individual goals. The statement has a definite time frame associated with it and often includes specific numbers.
Sample One–Year Objective:

I will write a proposal by July 31, 20__ for funding the pilot tribal leadership program at one American Indian reservation.

Use the format described above to write your Portfolio of Visions. Write at least one goal and action statement for each key life area. Write at least one objective for each goal during the first year only.

Listed below are the several key areas:

I. Family and Home

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 5 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 15 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 20 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

II. Financial and Career

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 5 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 15 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 20 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

III. Spiritual and Ethical

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 5 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 15 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 20 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

IV. Physical and Health

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 5 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 15 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 20 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

V. Social and Cultural

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 5 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 15 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 20 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

VI. Mental and Educational

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 5 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 15 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

· 20 years

Goal:

Action Statement:

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

Final Paper Outline

Life Mission Statement

Life Vision Statement

My Walden Path

Key Life Areas:

· Family and Home

· Financial and Career

· Spiritual and Ethical

· Physical and Health

· Social and Cultural

· Mental and Educational

For each area establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

· 1 year

· 5 years

· 15 years

· 20 years

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Final Stages of Life

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Capstone Proposal Project

Section 1 – Project Summary (The final section for week 7)

1. Date Project was submitted for review:

2. Name of project:

3. Total dollar request based upon budget:

4. Name of Principal Project Writer:

5. Name of principal(s) implementing the project including a brief statement of their expertise:

6. Brief summary description of the project and its intended outcomes:

7. List potential funders for this project and the amounts you hope to secure from them:

8. For each funding source, identify the funders mission statement and the profile description for the area within which you would seek funding. That is, each funder will identify their areas of funding interest and will provide potential applicants with a description of the initiatives they are funding. Your proposal must match one of those initiatives.

Section 2 – Project Introduction/Overview/ (week 3)

What is the big picture idea for your project? Be sure to describe the links between the project and the context that demonstrate your full understanding of how these two are connected by your project. If this project is aligned with your specialization, then indicate how it is aligned. If it is not aligned with your specialization, then why did you choose a project outside of your specialization? Identify an actual foundation from the list of sources provided in this course or use one of your own. (You might have access to private funding from your organization, a venture capital firm, or a government agency.) Include a description of how your proposal fits within their mission and funding guidelines. Include language from their statement of mission and specific language from their website, annual report, or other published documents to show the linkage.

Section 3 – Statement of Need (week 3)

Who do you intend to serve and why? What need is your project intended to fulfill? How big is the problem–what is its size and scope? How many people are affected by this problem? What is the source of the problem as you see it? What evidence do you have that a problem exists? Use your understanding of the literature and other source materials (reports, memoranda, census data, government publications, etc.) to present a strong and clear understanding of the need for your project. The focus here is on the need for your project and nothing else. What is your niche or target market?

Be very specific and do not simply say something like “children” or “families.” If you intend to serve children through your project, then describe them so that an uninformed reader is able to picture clearly the circumstances facing these children. Describe such things as specific age groups, living conditions, or other characteristics that help to describe the needs of these children. If you are describing a product or other service, be sure to describe their characteristics and why they cannot live without your product or service. How many people are you intending to sell products to or to serve? Use demographic data to help describe your intended participants or customers. What is the demand for your services or products? Where are they located? Census and market data will be useful here.

You may use charts, tables, graphs, and figures to help the reader understand the dynamics of the circumstances described through your Statement of Need. Be sure to insert all of these within the body of your proposal.

Section 4 – Strategies and Initiatives for Solving the Problem (week 4)

Thoroughly describe how you intend to solve the problem. Why did you choose the strategies or initiatives you intend to deploy? What have you learned from the literature that supports the actions you intend to take or the need for your products and services? What exactly do you intend to do or offer? If you are providing a product or service, identify what it is and how it fulfills the needs of those you are trying to serve or intend to reach and who will benefit from your project.

Section 5 – Intended Outcomes (week 4)

What are the specific and measurable outcomes you intend by implementing your project? How will people benefit by what you have to offer? Be specific detailed with your outcome measures.

Section 6 – Project Goals and Objectives (week 5)

List the project goals and objectives. If the duration of the project is longer than one year, then only list the goals for the years the project will be in operation.

Section 7 – Time Line (week 5)

Create a detailed time line for the major activities outlined in your proposal. This can be by day, week, or month. You can identify the periods numerically by 1, 2, 3, etc. and do not have to indicate specific dates or times.

Section 8 – Evaluation (week 5)

How will you measure success? What specific evaluation methods will you use to identify the success your project will have in meeting its intended outcomes?

Section 9 – Competitors or Others in the Marketplace (week 6)

Who else is doing what you intend to do with your project? What is their experience? How long have they been in business? What are the collaboration possibilities for you or your organization to maximize resources and increase the impact of your project?

Section 10 – SWOT Analysis (week 6)

Strengths

What are your strengths? In business parlance, strengths are your competitive advantages. They provide a unique edge because of what you or your organization brings to the environment in order to solve problems, meet needs, and to provide unique services or products.

Weaknesses

What makes you vulnerable in terms of others being more capable than you to meet particular needs or services? This provides competitive advantages to those who also do what you intend to do with your project. It could be that your project is designed to help your organization do something more effectively or to have a larger impact. It could be that no one has the current capacity to do what you are trying to do which makes you a pioneer.

Opportunities

What opportunities exist for your organization or the communities you wish to serve by your project that can be leveraged to help you to successfully implement your project?

Threats

What are the threats to your organization or to the communities you intend to serve if your project is not implemented?

Section 11 – Case Statement (week 6)

Present a clear case statement about why you or your organization is best positioned to meet the challenges outlined in your Statement of Need. What qualifications do you have that make you uniquely qualified to implement this project successfully? What products or services are you offering or what strategies are you intending to employ that will meet the needs of those you are trying to serve or with whom you intend to work? What is your service area or territory? How long have you been in business?
If this is a startup, how do you intend to support business operations beyond the life of this grant? Is this a pilot study or project? If so, what is the large scope you intend if your pilot is successful? If this is a new program or product, how does it fit within your current operation? What is your track record for implementing new programs, services, or products?

Section 12 – Cost to Participants or Consumers (week 7)

How much does your product cost to the participant or consumer? Describe the cost structure. Is the participant or consumer paying the full cost for your product or service? If not, what percentage of the cost are they paying and how is the true cost being subsidized? If there is no cost to the participant or consumer, explain why this is the case.

Section 13 – Budget (week 7)

How much does the project cost to implement? Be sure to calculate in all costs. The budget should include such categories as salaries and rates of pay, bonuses (if applicable), taxes and benefits, printing and copying, office supplies and equipment, facilities leases, insurance (cover age accidents to participants, directors and officers, liability, other), telephones, transportation, conference fees, direct product costs, cost of goods sold, etc. Once you have calculated all costs, identify what portion of the cost is attributed to the funding request.

Calculate the revenue generated by this project. Be sure to identify how much is from participant fees, sales, merchandizing, fundraising (including categories for fundraising if applicable) etc. How much is anticipated from other funding sources including foundations, corporate gifts, venture capital, loans, owner equity, etc. Be sure to identify sources.

In this section, provide a summary of all major budget categories. Include three columns. Column A should be labeled “Total Project,” Column B should be labeled “Total Proposal,” and Column C should be labeled “Total Other Sources.” Place revenue sources on top and expenses on the bottom. Subtract the expenses from the revenues to show the bottom line.

Example:

Line Item

Total Project

Total Proposal

Total Other Sources

Revenue

Participant Fees

Merchandizing

Total Revenue

Expenses

Salaries

Benefits

Facility Lease

Equipment Rent

Total Expenses

Total Profit (Surplus)

Loss

Section 14 – Resumes of Project Principals (week 7)

Provide a list of the primary individuals including their titles, a brief description of their positions, and the amounts they will be paid for those you intend to fund through the implementation of this project.

Section 15 – Cited References (ongoing from weeks 3-7)

Provide a list of cited references using APA formatting.

Section 16 – Annotated Bibliography (ongoing from weeks 3-6)

Provide a list of references along with the annotations (see instructions in Doc Sharing if you need a reminder) you used during this course. You will begin including your annotated bibliographies (5 at a time) starting in week three. You will add five different annotated bibliographies each week for at least a total of 20 different sources.

Section 17 – Appendices

Attach other data sources, surveys, or other materials that support your proposal. Do not include copies of articles or other such material. Identify each document as a separate Appendix.

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Capstone Research Project

Chapter 1 –Introduction/Overview (week 3)

The Importance of Introductions/Overview:

Setting the stage for a study, the introduction establishes the issue or concern leading to the research by conveying information about a
research problem
. Unfortunately, too many authors of research studies do not clearly identify the research problem, leaving the reader to decide for himself or herself the importance of the issue that motivates a study.

Further the research problem is often confused with the research questions—those questions that the investigator would like answered in order to understand or explain the problem.

The introduction needs to create reader interest in the topic, establish the problem that leads to the study, place the study within a larger context of the scholarly literature, and reach out to a specific audience.
You will write an introductory overview providing the reader with sufficient facts about the subject of study. If the study is about an organizational or community issue, then you will describe the dynamics, including how long the problem has been occurring. You should provide enough specific and credible scholarly data from your search of the literature so that the reader can fully understand the circumstances and dynamics with which you are working.

Chapter 2 – Problem Statement (week 3)

The Importance of the Problem Statement:

When researchers begin their studies, they start with one or more paragraphs to convey the specific research problems or issues. They also present in the first sentence information to create reader interest in the sentences that follow the first sentence, authors identify a distinct research problem that needs to be addressed.

In applied social science research, problems arrive from issues, difficulties, and current practices. The research problem is the issue that exists in the literature, in theory, or in practice that leads to a need for the study. The research problem in a study begins to become clear when the researcher asks, “What is the need for this study?” or “What problem influenced the need to undertake the study?”

You will write a precise explanation of the specific problem to be solved. While symptoms often lead to the discovery of more deeply rooted problems and they are important to identify, it is imperative that you differentiate between the symptoms and the problem or you will be offering the wrong solutions, which may be fatal in the real world.
For example, while it is common to say that “the problem is that morale is low” this is only symptomatic of a much larger problem such as a failure of leadership. Another example is saying that “the problem is gang violence in my community and it is on the rise.” This too is symptomatic of a larger problem such as a scarcity of resources or a sense of hopelessness. Therefore, be sure to not only discuss the symptom(s) which help the reader understand the larger framework of the problem, but to also clearly identify the problem that is to be solved.

Chapter 3 – Purpose/Significance (week 4)

The Purpose Statement:

Whereas introductions focus on the problem leading to the study, the
Purpose Statement
establishes the direction for the research. In fact, the purpose statement is the most important statement in an entire research study. It orients the reader to the central intent of the study, and from it, all other aspects of the research follow. In other words, the Purpose Statement indicates why you want to do the study and what you intend to accomplish and is the central, controlling idea in a study.

Clearly state what the purpose of the study is and explain the study’s significance. The significance is addressed by discussing how the study adds to the theoretical body of knowledge in your field or expertise.
Explain how your research makes an original contribution to the body of knowledge. You will address the significance of the study and its importance to your organization or community.

It is especially critical that this chapter be well developed. Without a clearly defined purpose and strong theoretical grounding, your Capstone project is fundamentally flawed from the outset.

Chapter 4 – Research Question(s) (week 4)

Identify at least one, but no more than two, research questions. The research questions will guide and shape the rest of your paper. Specifically connect the research questions to the Problem Statement (in Chapter 2) by elaborating on how you think the two are related.
Begin the research questions with the words “what” or “how” to convey an open and emerging design. Focus on a single phenomenon or concept. Use open-ended questions without reference to the literature or theory unless otherwise indicated.

Chapter 5 – Methods (week 5)

In this section, describe the methods you used in order to solve the problem. If you used interviews, surveys, or observations, then describe those procedures in this section and include a description of how you conducted them.
Include detailed measures you used to protect any participants who might participate in surveys and/or interviews.
If you did not conduct interviews, surveys, or observations, explain what you would do in the future if they were needed to complete your study.

Also, include a thorough description of your literature search techniques (website links you are using, libraries, accessed, etc.).

Chapter 6 – Literature Review (week 6)

Use the literature to help you explain the phenomena under study. In this section, provide a summary of the literature and discuss how it works in light of the problem you are trying to resolve. This chapter, however, should not merely string together what other researchers have found. Rather, you should discuss and analyze the body of knowledge with the ultimate goal of determining what is known and is not known about the topic. The literature review thus describes and analyzes previous research on the topic

This should be an exhaustive study of the most pertinent literature on the subject. It will strengthen the paper by providing some historical context for the evolution of the theory if this applies. It will also strengthen your paper if articles can be found that run contrary to the major theories being presented. It is important for the student to remain completely objective when writing this paper to ensure that the student is not working to believe something to be true that otherwise is not. For example, some take the position that individuals can “lead” themselves, yet a fundamental definition of leadership is that it involves followers and without followers you do not have leadership.
Therefore, the proposition that people can lead themselves appears to be false. If, however, your position is that you do believe that a person can indeed lead “self,” then it is incumbent upon you to find literature in the refereed journal resources that would support this contention. If you are not able to find literature that supports, your argument then you must clearly indicate this as part of your findings.

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Chapter 7 – Findings and Conclusions (week 7)

Describe your findings in this section. What did you learn from your exhaustive study of the problem? What would be your anticipated results of your findings if you had used surveys, interviews, or other tools? What did the literature suggest is the most appropriate way to solve your social impact problem? What are the implications for future research? What conclusions are you able to draw from your research?

Chapter 8 – Recommendations (week 7)

Describe your recommendations as though you were making a presentation to a meeting of senior managers, a city council, a community planning board, a board of directors, or government officials. What have you learned from your study of the problem that provides the basis for making recommendations to solve the social impact problem?

Appendices (optional and if used include in week 7)

Include in this section copies of interview forms or survey instruments used as part of your study. Do not include full reports that you have cited or an abundance of reference materials. Label each item separately according to APA guidelines and rules.

Acknowledgments (optional and if included, include in week 7)

In this section, acknowledge any individual, group, or organization without whose help your paper could not have been written. While it is always nice to acknowledge the support of family members who provide tacit and emotional support for us to complete our education, this section is to acknowledge people who provided actual support and without whose help your paper could not have been written (e.g., librarians, special advisors, consultants, organizations, etc.). Therefore, do not include family members unless they provided substantial input into the creation of this paper.

List of Cited References (ongoing between weeks 3-7)

In this area, include only a list of all of the cited references you used. Be sure to list all of your refereed journals, books, monographs, reports, etc., as well as any websites you used to gather material.

Annotated Bibliography (ongoing between weeks 3-6)

Provide a list of references along with the annotations (see instructions in Doc Sharing if you need a reminder) you used during this course. You will begin including your annotated bibliographies (5 at a time) starting in week three. You will add five different annotated bibliographies each week for at least a total of 20 different sources.

Bibliography (optional and included in week 7)

Provide a list of any source material you reviewed but did not use in this section. Include the links of websites that you visited but did not use. This will become a helpful resource for you should you decide to revisit this social impact issue after graduation. It is also a very helpful tool for other researchers interested in the same social impact subject.




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