NR 421 – Project Proposal

NR 421 – Project Proposal

Premise: Your boss has assigned you to work with a new customer to design, implement, analyze, and report on the question that they requested new information on. The only information you have so far is that the customer needs the final answer by May 3rd and that you are set to meet with them to learn more about their information needs. Your boss has asked you to write a proposal to him describing the information that the customer has requested, why they want the information, and how you intend to collect the information. Your boss would like a paper copy of your proposal by 5:00 pm on Friday March 8th.

Proposal Instructions: This report is to be done as individuals or in pairs and should be 1-2 pages typed using 1.5-line spacing and Times New Roman 12pt font. Bring 2 copies of your report to class on March 4th for peer-review. Your report should be printed and delivered to either the Teaching Assistant, Instructor, or Instructor’s mailbox by 5:00 pm on Friday March 8th.

Review your proposal against this checklist to ensure all important elements are covered:

  1. Introduction
    • Conveys the clients desired management information and what they hope this information will inform them about.
    • Articulates what metrics will be helpful in conveying this information.
    • Depending on the project, describe the targeted population and how it fits within any relevant broader population frame.
    • Linkages to proper sampling design and sample allocation are made within the context of the project and connected to the statistical, managerial, and economic benefits it can provide.
  2. Methodologies
    • Any preliminary information is described for how it was/will be collected and will be used to inform the sampling process.
    • All necessary sample design planning steps are adequately described (sample size estimation, stratification, allocation, etc.).
    • All sample design elements are thoroughly defined so anyone with natural resource knowledge could implement the process, including experimental unit, sample size, plot spacing, field navigation between plots, observations to collect, and representative measures for summarizing the data.
  3. Technical Writing
    • Defined formatting expectations are followed.
    • Complete explanatory captions accompany tables and figures, and all tables and figures are referenced in the text.
    • Consistent formatting is used throughout the document to make it easier for the reader to follow.
  4. Decisions Supported by Science
    • A minimum of 3 scientific references are used to support statements of fact or connect ideas.
    • All citations are correctly and consistently referenced in the text and at the end of the document.

Examples for Citing Literature

At the end of the document use the following citation conventions:

  • Peer-reviewed Journals (multiple authors):
    • Carrot, Y.H., Turnip, J.U.H. and Tomato, A.T. (2010). Spectral analysis of mixed vegetables in pies. International Journal of Vegetable Science, 19, 976-983.
  • Peer-reviewed Journals (two authors):
    • Carrot, Y.H. and Turnip, J.U.H (2005). Soup mixes: a comprehensive review. International Journal of Soup Science, 14, 245-248.
  • Peer-reviewed Journals (single author):
    • Carrot, Y.H. (2005). Carrots in the vegetable word. International Journal of Carrots, 14, 245-248.
  • Books / Book Chapters:
    • Carrot, Y.H. and Turnip, J.U.H. (2001). The use of potatoes in soup: a review, in “Soups of the World”, Ed. Fried Potatoes, Wiley-Blackwell, pp 67-79.
  • Agency Reports:
    • Carrot, Y.H., Turnip, J.U.H. and Tomato, A.T. (2010).  Review of soup quality standards within the National Park Services’ cafeterias. NPS report, USA, pp 46

– To reference an article in the text as someone saying something:

  • As we can see from Carrot (2002), the choice in soup mix is very important
  • Carrot et al. (2002) tell us that the freshness of vegetables influences the soup.
  • This is supported by Carrot and Potato (2002) who showed how vegetable freshness impacts acidity.

– To attribute a statement in the text to an article:

  • Single Author:
    • The quality of a soup is impacted by the freshness of the vegetables (Carrot 2002).
  • Multiple Authors:
    • The acidity of a soup is impacted by the freshness of the vegetables (Carrot et al. 2002).
  • Multiple Citations:
    • Vegetable freshness impacts the acidity and quality of a soup (Carrot 2002; Carrot et al. 2002).

Examples of Figures and Tables


Code of Conduct: Do not copy and paste material from these instructions, papers, or books when writing your essay, the only exception is that the provided maps may be reused. Attempt to rewrite in your own words the message you want conveyed and then provide proper citations. Failure to do so will result in a score of 0.