Week 2 Assignment: Concept Map & Short Paragraph
Choose a career interest topic for your final project due later in the
course. Your career interest topic should be realistic and one that you
are actually interested in learning more about. The career interest
might be a field in which you could become employed after completing
your APUS degree program or additional training.
Using your career interest topic, create a concept map or outline to define the task in your research process. Use
the process of outlining or mapping the topic for your final project so
that you can focus your topic and determine the nature and types of
information you will need later in our course. This assignment is a brainstorming activity, not a research task.
In your outline or concept map, include the following:
- 1 Sentence stating which career interest you will explore
or more specific questions about your career interest that can be later
answered through source searching and presented in your final project
each question, two or more detail statements that describe the type of
information needed to answer the question (the actual answers are not
- For each detail statement or statement pair, a
description of what kinds of sources might be helpful in providing the
information you need
- Format appropriately for either an outline or concept map
outline can be easily created using a word processing program, such as
Microsoft Word. Formal, detailed outlines are useful organizational
strategies--the more detail you include, the easier the final project
will come together. If you choose to use an outline, it must be very
detailed. Consider searching outlining strategies and designs.
Concept maps can be developed through one of several available websites or drawn by hand and scanned for submission:
Write one paragraph (5-6 sentences) describing the information you
listed in your concept map. Your paragraph should describe the career
interest topic you chose, the questions you will answer in your project,
the types of information needed to answer those questions, and your
predictions of source types you might need.