URP 6200 Planning Methods I
Assignment 2: Economic Base Analysis of a Local Community
Due Date and Time: 10/9/2016, 11:59pm
Total Points: 15%
In this assignment students are expected to write a short report to profile a local community’s basic vs. non-basic sectors. Use the same county that you selected for your first assignment. The report should follow the structure indicated below and must have an electronic copy submitted to Canvas. All the student assignments are subject to check for originality.
All the charts, tables and maps should be sequentially numbered and named (e.g. Figure 1: Racial composition of the county; Table 1: Historic population counts, etc.). Sources of the data should be properly credited following the charts/tables/maps. Sparely cite the charts/tables/maps from other sources and create them yourself if possible. Use APA citation format for all your references. Use 1.15 line spacing and appropriate font types. Either landscape or portrait page orientation is acceptable. Organize the tables, graphs, maps, and the text in a way that is nether cluttered nor with too much space. Align your texts, tables, graphs, maps, and the text. Insert page numbers. Use headings and subheadings, which will be useful for creating the Table of Contents automatically. Headings and subheadings should be stressed with either bold, larger font sizes, different colors, or a combination of these techniques. Maps should have all the map elements, such as the map itself, legend, north arrow, scale bar, creator, and creation date. Page margins should be 1” all around. You can use Microsoft Publisher or Photoshop Illustrator to format your report if you choose to do so. Otherwise, please submit a Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf file to Canvas. Adobe pdf files are highly suggested since Word files sometimes shift when opening in a different version, different computer, or different operating system.
Learning objectives of the assignment:
Format and techniques of professional report writing
The use of secondary data sources in profiling a local community
Basic techniques in creating professional charts and tables
The calculation of Location Quotients to measure economic strength of an area
Structure of the report:
1. Cover page: topic, student name, course name and number, date
Topic: e.g. Economic Base Analysis of Palm Beach County, Florida