Practical Course Template

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Title of Your Paper

Your Name

  • Course Number and Name: (Instructions or examples are in parentheses – 2003 Crosby on Quality Management)
  • Program/Major: (Example MBA / Management)
  • Submission Date: (Example: May 1, 2007)
  • Date Course was Started: (February 10, 2007)
  • Date Program was Started: (January 2, 2003)
  • Type of Course: (Practical, Short Success/Leadership, or Research?)
  • Practical Problem: (Quality Control Problems in Shipping Department)
  • Number of Words in the Body of the Course Paper: (includes the Title Page and Executive Summary but not the Appendices)
  • Graphics in Your Paper: (If you have a number of graphic images or photographs, please convert them to the jpeg format to reduce the size of your file.)
  • Number of Hours Spent on this Course:
  • Advisor:
  • Date of Last Edit / Editor:) (All course papers must be edited by a Rushmore Editor. Exceptions to this policy can only be made by the a Rushmore Editor or the Dean of Graduate Students)
  • English Spelling Used: UK (Indicate if you used US or UK spelling, no others may be used.) Make sure your Word Spelling Checker is set up for the version of English you are using.
  • Permission to Publish on the Rushmore Website: Yes (Please indicate yes or no to this question. If you say yes and change your mind later, we will remove your paper from our website on request.)
  • Your Website Address: (Not required. If you do not have one, consider doing Course 1111.)
  • Your Email Address:
  • Resources: Examples:  (The Absolutes of Leadership by Philip B. Crosby) Quality Without Tears: The Art of Hassle-Free Management by Philip B. Crosby)
  • Reasons for taking this course:

Executive Summary

Begin with a short overview of the book(s) or other materials you studied, including information about the author and why you chose these books. You do not need to summarize the contents of the books. You should, however, explain the subject matter you intend to write about from the book and explain how it applies to your paper. If you choose to do so, please place any book summaries in an Appendix at the end of your paper. This section should not have more than 30% of the words that are in the main body of your paper (excluding the Appendix and the Bibliography).

Problems and Proposed Solutions

Discuss the practical problem(s) you are trying to solve and why you selected this problem, the solutions that you propose to resolve the problem and how you implemented your solutions if you have implemented them. Report the results of implementing those ideas. Explain why others should consider using your solutions. This section and the Results  Attained section should contain at least 70% of the words that are in the main body of your paper, which excludes the Appendix and the Bibliography.

Results Attained from Your Work

Describe the results that you achieved and, if you have not applied the solutions, describe your plan for implementation of these solutions. Include materials that demonstrate the application of the ideas you put into action. These materials could include a website, a marketing plan, a business plan, a strategic plan or anything else that you developed as a result of your studies.


Include supporting materials in this section only if they are relevant. This section and the following do not count in calculating the length of your paper.


List here in proper format all the source materials that you employed to write this paper.

All good research papers rely on information and analysis compiled or done by others. If you do rely on the work of other people and you do not cite them, you have failed in your responsibilities. A research paper must cite the works of others. There are two reasons that citations are mandatory. The first is to allow the reader to explore the subject further by consulting the works that writer has utilized. Without regular and complete citations, such further exploration by the reader is difficult or impossible. Second, intellectual honesty requires citations. Failure to use them is plagiarism, which is unacceptable in any form. Plagiarism is the theft of the thoughts, facts or knowledge of others by not giving them proper credit.  When to Cite: Follow these guidelines to protect yourself: Anytime you quote or paraphrase the thoughts or works of others, cite the source.  It is incorrect to believe that only quotations require citations. You should also cite whenever you are relying on someone else’s thoughts or research, even if you are only paraphrasing (putting it in your own words).

Simple, commonly known facts need not be footnoted. A rule of thumb is that, if you did not know the information before you started the paper, then you should use a citation to show where you found the information. Also, even if you know something when you start, you should cite any information that is controversial.

When in doubt, cite the source. Plagiarism is unethical. Err on the side of safety. One citation too many is far better than one citation too few. How to Cite: The use of correct format for citations used in endnotes or footnotes and in a bibliography often seems a bit complex; however, using correct format has two good features. Those features are completeness and consistency. Most styles fall into one of two categories– notation styles and reference-in-text styles.

Notation style involves the use of numbers (footnotes) to indicate each citation. Each number’s corresponding note may be at the bottom of the page as a footnote or at the end of the paper as an endnote. In either case, you should provide comprehensive information on each source the first time it appears as a footnote or as an endnote, with shortened versions appearing in later footnotes or endnotes. At the end of the paper, a bibliography repeats the full documentation of these sources, listing them alphabetically by author. Bibliographies have their own formatting styles. A number of works demonstrate both citation and bibliography format styles, including A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian, 1980) and The Chicago Manual of Style (1993).

A rReference-in-text style uses the author’s name and the year of publication of the work, which are placed in parentheses and inserted at the appropriate place in the text. A page number is also included for direct quotes. At the end of the paper or book there is a “References” or “Works Cited” section that contains full documentation for all the sources cited throughout the body of the work. Such sources are listed alphabetically by author. Whatever citation style you choose, use it correctly and be consistent.

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