Assignment: A Logical Approach to Persuasive Business Arguments, Part 1
For the Weeks 4–6 Assignments, you will select two business topics. You will research and analyze your topics and will apply logical reasoning to construct a persuasive argument for and against a position related to each topic.
This week, you will complete Part 1 of the A Logical Approach to Persuasive Business Arguments Assignment.
You are a business analyst for a new and growing company and you have been asked to present information to company leaders on two different topics that are currently impacting the business—or could in the future. Specifically, your assignment is to present logical, well-researched, persuasive arguments on both sides of each issue (i.e., For and Against) in order to give the leadership team quality information that will promote good decision making, both now and into the future. Your team lead has provided you with a structure for the exercise in the form of a template that you will need to complete for each topic.
To prepare for this Assignment:
- Review this week’s Learning Resources.
- Refer to the Academic Writing Expectations for 2000/3000-Level Courses as you compose your Assignment.
- Download and review the Definitions and Exemplar (PDF) document.
- Download the Week 4 Assignment Template (Word document).
By Day 7
Submit Part 1 of the Assignment, which includes the following:
Part 1: Laying the Groundwork
Select one topic from each of the following two lists (List A and List B), for a total of two topics.
Top-down management structure
Bottom-up management structure
Responsibility of businesses in environmental sustainability and/or climate change
Responsibility of businesses in ethical practices
Responsibility of businesses to promote positive social change
Effects of technology and automation
Hiring salaried workers
Hiring hourly workers
Paid paternity leave
Organized labor/labor unions
Employer-provided health care
Flexible work schedules, working from home, and/or remote employment
Employee drug testing
Research both of your selected topics thoroughly, from both “sides” (For and Against) so that you are able to construct effective position arguments. You will want to understand (and be able to articulate) the background/history of your issue, as well as current information and evidence to support the points you will make in your arguments. Once you have gathered your research, do the following for each of your topics, being sure to use the template provided:
Please Note: The template provided includes designated sections for each selected topic (one from List A and one from List B). Please be sure to complete all required sections of the template.
- Create a background for and summary of each selected issue, including at least one properly cited referenceas support. (225–300 words, or 3–4 paragraphs, for each topic)
- Identify one or more aspects of each issue that might fall prey to a logical fallacy—whether formal or informal—when developing an argument. Then provide at least one example of a fallacy for each side of the position (Forand Against) that you will avoid in your position arguments. (150–225 words, or 2–3 paragraphs, for each topic)