At the end of the course, your final exam will be an application paper, which describes how you anticipate the concepts from this course will apply to your professional life. This paper should be written with your current situation in mind and looking forward, but not applying the course’s concepts retrospectively to a past situation.
Among the questions you should address in this paper are
What are the most relevant concepts from the course to you?
How do you anticipate those concepts impacting you professionally?
How will you apply these concepts to your future work?
(Optional) What from this course has made an impact on you personally or professionally
as you have progressed through this course?
What from this course do you anticipate having the greatest impact on you professionally
as you move forward in your career?
Knowing what you know after taking this course, what will you do differently from now
As you answer these questions, be as specific as possible. Don’t just say, “I found the concept of culture to be relevant to me.” Write specifically about how you would apply a certain model to a situation.
The important criteria in this paper are application and specificity. Your success in this paper
will depend not only on how well you demonstrate an understanding of concepts, but on how well you can apply them to real world situations. The more specificity you bring to your
discussion, the better the application will be.
This paper should be written at a level consistent with a graduate program. However, as this is a highly personal paper, it is acceptable—and advisable—to write in the first-person. Think of this paper as telling a story—a personal one about you and your work.