To complete this assignment, you must write a 3-4 page paper that provides a rationale for further research into your topic. This assignment is due one week before the last day of classes at the end of the semester.
What is a rationale for research?
You know from SOM 491A/B that proposals (see Proposal Writing Assignment listed under SOM 310A/B at this website) are usually documents that define and describe a problem and then define and defend a solution to the problem. Proposals are persuasive, but they are also "speculative" -- that is, they tell readers how you'll carry out your plan -- costs, timetable, facilities, training, and so forth. Proposals also list reasons for acting, and the outcomes expected as a result of action. The details of a proposal may be technical, but the arguments (see Arguments in the SOM Writing Lab under SOM 310A/B at this website) in a proposal must be persuasive -- selling your idea, your competence.
A rationale is a kind of sub-proposal within a proposal: it offers the reasons for proceeding to address a particular problem with a particular solution. A rationale for research is a set of reasons offered by a researcher for conducting more research into a particular subject -- either library research, descriptive research, or experimental research. Since you have already conducted library research (your literature review), you are now ready to propose to your Honors Advisor that s/he authorize you to conduct further study and write a Thesis on your subject.
Your rationale (for this assignment) should cover the following "sub-arguments":
You may also want to share with your reader the following: