For the area of relationship to current or other organizations, explain how the subject compares or contrasts with those of another organization.

All class participants are expected to prepare a written term paper on a topic from the course. Topics must be approved by the instructor. Depending on where the student is in his or her organization, the paper can focus on different planning aspects. For example, a student who is at a front-line level of the organization may not have access to strategic planning information, but that individual might be able to assess an operational plan that is in place. In some cases, these individuals might be able to develop a plan for a specific operation. If an individual is higher in the organization, he or she might be able to assess a strategic plan that the company has completed. There may be some students who are in a position to develop a strategic plan for their organization. Some students might use this class exercise to develop an operational or strategic plan for an organization with which they are affiliated, such as a civic or religious group. If students are not able to do any of the above, they can develop an operational plan for getting a job or a strategic plan for their career. Students will submit a one-page proposal on their projects by the second week of the class.

The purpose of the paper is to exemplify meeting the course objectives as listed in the exit competencies in this syllabus. The emphasis should be on concepts as they apply to descriptive information and not the information itself. Students are expected to demonstrate the use of different aspects presented in this course. The paper must include a SWOT analysis, but may include other environmental assessments. The SWOT analysis should include the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as well as any recommendations.

Papers are expected to be 10 to 15 pages, double-spaced in APA format. The paper should include the following:

a) Table of Contents

b) Introduction

c) Background

d) Current thinking

e) Relationship to current/other organizations with which student is familiar

f) Conclusion

g) References

h) Supplemental materials

An Executive Summary should be done for the paper. This should provide highlights of the paper and is used to entice the executive into reading the complete paper. It is placed between the title page and the table of contents.

A SWOT Analysis should be included in the paper. It can be incorporated into the body of the paper or as supplementary materials.

The introduction should include why this paper is being done; what is the point. The background provides a summary of the issue or case. Current thinking covers current literature relating to the topic. For the area of relationship to current or other organizations, explain how the subject compares or contrasts with those of another organization. This demonstrates the start of the benchmarking process. The conclusion is what you found out by conducting this research and exercise. There should be at least six references from journal articles, textbooks, or government publications (excluding textbooks from this course). These can be from various sources, but should include internet or online library.

I would like this geared towards New Jersey Probation officer as that is the organization/career I am currently in.