In your paper, address the following:


  1. Analysis of the Field
    1. What is your analysis of the state of the field?
      1. Use what you have learned from the 8 weeks of reading and Discussions to assess the field. Identify and draw upon recurrent themes from the course literature as well as additional resources identified during the seminar Discussions.
    2. Describe important issues or current dilemmas in the field as identified from your research and the course literature.
  2. Research Topic
    1. State and provide background information on your research topic.
      1. What makes this research topic significant, and how does it fit into your prior analysis of the field? If extensively pursued, how would it contribute to the larger body of knowledge in this content area?
    2. What are the current theories and areas of debate for your topic?
      1. Based on your research, identify current theories and areas of debate as they relate to your topic.
      2. Compare and contrast the areas of agreement and debate.


  1. Are there particular industries or technologies that are or will be impacted by your topic? If this impact is positive, how can it be maximized? If negative, how can this impact be mitigated?
  1. Future Directions
    1. Indicate specific areas of further research in this topic that would prove beneficial.
    2. What potential impact might the topic that you have chosen have on the overall state of the field and the future directions of research in this field in the next 3–5 years?