Business Communication & Presentation

Research Paper

Objective: To produce a piece of writing that establishes an appropriate organizational structure, sets a context and engages the reader, maintains a coherents focus throughout, and signals a satisfying closure.

Instructions: Choose a topic from the list below. You will need to come up with a thesis statement for your topic and compose a 3-5 page research paper. Follow the guidelines below.

  • Working Bibliography - approved by instructor on Wednesday, Jan. 28

  • Preliminary Outline and Thesis Statement - approved by instructor on Friday, Feb. 6

  • Note cards (20 minimum). You should have at least 5 sources - approved by instructor on Friday, Feb. 13

  • Rough Draft - checked off by instructor on or before Tuesday, March 3

  • Final Draft (including final bibliography page and a title page) - Thursday, March 19. No LATE PAPERS will be accepted without a doctor's excuse for being tardy or absent and a zero will be recorded.

  • If you need to print your paper here at school, please arrange to do so ahead of time

  • Research paper and all other materials (notecards, etc) must be submitted in a large Manila envelope. You can purchase one from FBLA for $1 if you do not have one.

  • Follow the guidelines for MLA format closely. Do not use "creative spacing" to make your paper appear longer.

  • Your paper must be between 3 and 5 pages long, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, and Times New Roman 12 point font

Galileo for High School Students; password is overview

Grading: This assignment will be one of four papers which will count as 35% of your grade for this course. It will graded using the rubric below.


  1. Hierarchical Communication Differences
  2. Communication Practices in Effective and Ineffective Organizations
  3. Communication Roles of Managers
  4. Time Devoted to Communication
  5. A Profile of an Effective Communicator
  6. Channel Choices
  7. Audio and Visual Signals and Their Use in Communicating in Business and Industry
  8. Cutting Costs in Communications
  9. How Telecommunications Will Change Management Communications
  10. Business Writing as a Tool of Management Control
  11. How to Have an Effective Conference or Meeting
  12. Subliminal Communications in Business
  13. The Importance of Feedback for Effective Communication
  14. Communication: The Effective Use of Audio-Visual Aids in Management Presentations
  15. Unusual Sales Correspondence
  16. The Impact of the Computer on Communications in Business
  17. Barriers to Effective Business Communication and Ways to Overcome Them
  18. Difficulties Most Often Encountered in Business Writing and How to Avoid Them
  19. How Business Uses Multi-Media Presentations to Communicate
  20. Basic Methods of Research in Business
  21. Semantics: How the Meanings of Words Affect Our Business Lives
  22. The Office Grapevine and Management Communication
  23. How the Internet Aids Communication
  24. Organizing Material for Effective Reports
  25. How to Lead an Effective Discussion
  26. Inference vs. Facts: Their Confusion
  27. Using Motivators in the Communication Process
  28. Differences in Perception and Their Effect on Communications
  29. Brainstorming as a Tool of Communications
  30. Communicating in Work Teams
  31. Communicating in a Diverse Environment
  32. Gender Communication
  33. Customer Service


Grading Rubric

Points Possible
Points Earned
Five sources on 3x5 notecards
Preliminary outline and thesis - typed
Introductory paragraph with thesis - typed, MLA format
Supporting body paragraphs that are well-written, organized, concise, and error-free
Works cited page - typed, MLA format
No spelling/grammatical/other errors (-4 points per error)    



6th grade BCS 7th grade BCS 8th grade BCS


6th grade BCS | 7th grade BCS | 8th grade BCS

Syllabi | Schedule | Georgia Performance Standards | FBLA | Contact

High School Courses: Introduction to Business & Technology | Business & Technology | Business Communications

Old High School Courses: Computer Applications 1 | Computer Applications 2

Computing in the Modern World | Fundamentals of Web Design | Advanced Web Design

Updated August 2015


Disclaimer: This site provides external links as a convenience to my users. The appearance of external hyperlinks on this website does not constitute endorsement by me of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. I do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.