Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic?
Module 4 – SLP
Keys to the Assignment
In this final SLP, you will construct a simplified action plan with your team to foster continuous improvement and team learning. By the end of this module, each team member will submit their Team SLP Assignment to include a minimum of 2 to 3 full page team paper (excluding title and references pages) with at least two scholarly sources that address the assignment elements below.
To construct your plan, review your assessment from the Case for this module. Then, as a team provide the following:
Choose one improvement for each team process and clearly define the steps your team would have to take to achieve this improvement.
Present the steps in a logical order and propose a date by which these steps could be completed if your team were to stay together. Setting a realistic completion date is an essential part of any action plan.
The format for this SLP is as follows: Title page, Introduction, Body of Work to include either a list, a chart, or a timeline (Don’t forget to support your work with at least two scholarly sources), a conclusion and a references page. Be creative and have fun with it! The following optional reading may help you with your action plan:
Writing an Action Plan based on your assessment. (n.d.) Retrieved from
SLP Assignment Expectations
Your paper will be evaluated using the following five criteria:
Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?
Business Writing (Clarity and Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?
Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and quality sources? Do additional sources used in paper provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?
Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate an understanding of APA Style of referencing, by the inclusion of proper end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?
Upload your Team paper into the SLP Dropbox by the end of the module.
Module 4 – Background
Often, team assessment and evaluation take place through informal discussions among team members. This may take place spontaneously in co-located teams, but it is especially important to formalize these procedures in virtual teams. Even co-located teams can benefit from a planned and conscious evaluation of their work product and process.
There are a number of tools that can be used to evaluate the performance and process of a team. The following readings describe several of these approaches and processes.
Start off by reading Chapters 19-24 in Part 6: Tool and Assessments for Collaboration in:
Nemiro, J., Beyerlein, M., Bradley, L., & Beyerlein, S. (Eds.). (2008). The handbook of high performance virtual teams: A toolkit for collaborating across boundaries. [Books24x7 version]. Available from Skillsoft Books (BusinessPro and ITPro) in the Trident Online Library’s additional library resources. (Search for 24270.)
The following article is no longer in print but is used with the author’s permission. It explains the purpose and process of creating action plans:
Allen, G. (2007). Action Planning. Used with the author’s permission.
Here is a template for constructing an action plan. It may help you with your SLP assignment:
Action Plan Template. (n.d.) Free Word Templates and Formats. Retrieved from http://www.aztemplates.org/action-plan-template.html
Once the assessment is done and areas of improvement have been identified, the team needs to put this learning into practice for continuous improvement of team functioning in the Module 4 SLP Assignment. One way to do this is to develop an action plan to help concretize improvement goals and determine what steps need to be taken to achieve them. An effective action plan will include a timetable and realistic, clearly defined steps that the team can take to enhance performance. This plan should be reviewed periodically to assess progress and results.