Literature Review Assignment Instructions
The purpose of this research project is for you to create a scholarly piece of graduate-level research and writing, which conforms to current APA format. Competency in the current APA format is required of all Business graduates of Liberty University, as set forth by policy of both the Graduate Faculty and the administration.
You will research and write a literature review on a topic relevant to your course. Simply select a topic, and then begin working on the project. Do not â€œrecycleâ€ any work from any previous courses you have taken. Your research paper will be a comprehensive thematic review of the scholarly literature related to your topic.
Literature Review, you are to choose a (1)supply chain topic from the list of topics identified in the instructions, which are also listed below. This is a list of topics that you can choose from,
Supply Chain Topics Literature Review
Â· Business Intelligence in the Supply Chain
Â· Supply Chain and Cultural Differences in Other Countries
Â· Customer Satisfaction and the Supply Chain
Â· Inventory Management in the Supply Chain
Â· Improving Supply Chain Integration (suppliers and distributors).
Â· Strategic Supply Chain Management Through Global Outsourcing
Â· Technological Development and its Integration in the Global Supply Chain
Â· Supply chain and its adaptation to Just-in-time (JIT)
Â· Cultural and economic conditions affecting Supply Chain
Â· Global changing market decisions.
Â· History of Supply Chain Management
Â· Ethical Behavior from Buyer and Supplier in the Supply Chain and its Impact on our Global Market
Also, a 3â€“5-page section that integrates the Genesis model (i.e., the creation-fall-redemption-consummation framework)with the learning objectives of this course is required and must be included in your thesis per the assignment instructions. This section of the literature review is where you integrate faith and learning in the course. Please revisit the Literature Review instructions for more information on this section for your paper.
What is a literature review?
â€œA literature review discusses drafted information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period.
A literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant.â€[i]
How is a literature review different from an academic research paper?
â€œThe main focus of an academic research paper is to develop a new argument, and a research paper will contain a literature review as one of its parts. In a research paper, you use the literature as a foundation and as support for a new insight that you contribute. The focus of a literature review, however, is to summarize and synthesize the arguments and ideas of others without adding new contributions.â€[ii] The academic research paper also covers a range of sources, but it is usually a select number of sources, because the emphasis is on the argument. Likewise, a literature review can also have an â€œargument,â€ but it is not as important as covering a number of sources. In short, an academic research paper and a literature review contain some of the same elements. In fact, many academic research papers will contain a literature review section. But it is the aspect of the study (the argument or the sources) that is emphasized that determines what type of document it is.
Why write literature reviews?
â€œLiterature reviews provide you with a handy guide to a particular topic. If you have limited time to conduct research, literature reviews can give you an overview or act as a stepping stone. For professionals, they are useful reports that keep them up to date with what is current in the field. For scholars, the depth and breadth of the literature review emphasizes the credibility of the writer in his or her field. Literature reviews also provide a solid background for a research paperâ€™s investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of the literature of the field is essential to most research papers.â€[iii]
What is the format for literature reviews?
â€œJust like most academic papers, literature reviews also must contain at least three basic elements: an introduction or background information section; the body of the review containing the discussion of sources; and, finally, a conclusion and/or recommendations section to end the paper.
Â· Introduction: Gives a quick idea of the topic of the literature review, such as the central theme or organizational pattern.
Â· Body: Contains your discussion of sources and is organized thematically.
Â· Conclusions/Recommendations: Discuss what you have drawn from reviewing literature so far. Where might the discussion proceed?â€[iv]
What is a thematic literature review?
â€œThematic reviews of literature are organized around a topic or issue, rather than the progression of time.â€v
â€œSometimes, though, you might need to add additional sections that are necessary for your study, but do not fit in the organizational strategy of the body. What other sections you include in the body is up to you. Put in only what is necessary. Here are a few other sections you might want to consider:
Â· Current Situation: Information necessary to understand the topic or focus of the literature review.
Â· History: The chronological progression of the field, the literature, or an idea that is necessary to understand the literature review, if the body of the literature review is not already a chronology.
Â· Methods and/or Standards: The criteria you used to select the sources in your literature review or the way in which you present your information. For instance, you might explain that your review includes only peer-reviewed articles and journals.
Â· Questions for Further Research: What questions about the field has the review sparked? How will you further your research as a result of the review?â€vi
This section is required and must be included in your paper.
Â· This section of the literature review is where you integrate faith and learning in this course. After reading Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to Godâ€™s Work,â€ write a 4â€“6-pagesection that integrates the Genesis model, i.e., the creation-fall-redemption-consummation framework, with the learning objectives of this course, which is part of the required 20 pages of content. Conclude with how your integration may be used for furthering Godâ€™s purposes for business on earth.
Important Points to Consider
The paper is to be written in strict conformance to current APA standards, and must contain at least 20 pages of content (excluding the title page, abstract, and references), utilizing at least 20 scholarly references.
The paper is to be submitted through Turnitin at the end of Module 8: Week 8. It is highly recommended that you download and read the instructions to avoid any stress created by issues that are the result of waiting until the last minute.
Â· A Turnitin draft check will be provided for you to use to improve your Originality Score prior to your final submission.
Three levels of current APA headings must be used throughout the paper, as this is a graduate-level research paper.
Some students do not fully understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing. Paraphrasing is when you take a source or someone elseâ€™s idea and say it in your own words. When you paraphrase, you must still give the authorâ€™s name, date, title of the source, the scholarly journal where it came from, and the exact website address or book.
However, when you directly quote a source, it must have quotation marks around the quote, or (if 40 words or more) it must be set in block quotation format. You must also give detailed information of where you acquired the quote.
For the purpose of this academic paper, adhere to the follow rules when quoting or using a source:
Â· Do not directly quote more than 120 words from any one source.
Â· If the source is 2,000 words or less, do not directly quote more than 50 words from any one source.
Â· Do not use the same source more than a total of 3 times within the whole document for quoting or paraphrasing.
Â· Quotes must contain the section (if provided) and paragraph or page numbers of the quote, and this information must be placed in the reference.
Â· In all instances, use current APA guidelines for citations and references.
The paper must not be a series of quotations.
THE FOLLOWING MUST BE INCLUDED:
1) Synthesis of Knowledge (Focus/Thesis) (140 points)—- Student exhibits a defined and clear understanding of the assignment. Thesis is clearly defined and well-constructed to help guide the reader throughout the assignment. Student builds upon the thesis of the assignment with well-documented and exceptional supporting facts, figures, and/or statements.
2) Foundation of Knowledge (80 points)—— Student demonstrates proficient command of the subject matter in the assignment. Assignment shows an impressive level of depth of studentâ€™s ability to relate course content to practical examples and applications. Student provides comprehensive analysis of details, facts, and concepts in a logical sequence.
3) Application of Knowledge (Critical Thinking Skills) (60 points)—– Student demonstrates a higher-level of critical thinking necessary for graduate level work. Learner provides a strategic approach in presenting examples of problem solving or critical thinking, while drawing logical conclusions, which are not immediately obvious. Student provides well-supported ideas and reflection with a variety of current and/or world views in the assignment. Student presents a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment.
4) Organization of Ideas Format (20 points)—- Student thoroughly understands and excels in explaining all major points. An original, unique, and/or imaginative approach to overall ideas, concepts, and findings is presented. Overall format of assignment includes an appropriate introduction (or abstract), well- developed paragraphs, and conclusion. Finished assignment demonstrates studentâ€™s ability to plan and organize research in a logical sequence.
5) Writing Skill (20 points)—– Student demonstrates an excellent command of grammar, as well as presents research in a clear and concise writing style. Presents a thorough, extensive understanding of word usage. Student excels in the selection and development of a well- planned research assignment. Assignment is error-free and reflects studentâ€™s ability to prepare graduate-level writing for possible publication in a peer-reviewed (refereed) journal.
6) Research Skill (20 points)—– Student provides sophisticated synthesis of complex body of information in the preparation of assignment. Research provided by student contributes significantly to the development of the overall thesis. Student incorporates at least of 12 quality references in assignment. Student incorporates a variety of research resources and methodology in the preparation of assignment.
7) Genesis Model (60 points)—- Student provides a 3â€“5 page section on the integration of faith and learning with a strong emphasis on the Genesis model.
*********Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
Literature Review Assignment Instructions