OverviewWriting Policy for MonographPolicy on Academic Integrity What a Monograph Is... Isn'tSteps to Develop a MonographHow Does the Monograph Proposal Differ from the Completed Monograph?Personal Checklist and Timetable for MonographMCM Monograph Writing Standards
Steps to Develop a Monograph
Step 1: Select a topic.Step 2: Secure approval (modification, if necessary) of the topic by the MCM Academic Council.Step 3: Select members of the Monograph Support Group.Step 4: Develop the Monograph Proposal.Step 5: Secure approval (modification, if necessary) of the proposal by the MCM Academic Council.Step 6: Conduct research/collect information.Step 7: Write/edit the monograph.Step 8: Submit the monograph.
Each of the eight steps in the monograph development process is discussed below.
Select a Topic
MCM candidates are responsible for choosing the topics for their monograph.
The MCM Academic Council will evaluate a topic by considering the topics:
In considering their topics, candidates should:
A monograph focusing on “Factors in the Redesign of the Kitchen at XYZ Club” is too narrow. Instead, you might study generic issues of importance to kitchen design in clubs.
Topics To Avoid
Suggestions for Obtaining Ideas
Secure Approval of a Topic by the MCM Academic Council
The proposed monograph topic should be submitted with the Professional Data Form (PDF).
Select Members of the Monograph Support Group
This topic is discussed separately in Part 3.0 on page 36.
Develop the Monograph Proposal
After approval (modification, if necessary) of the monograph topic and, with the help of the MCM Monograph Support Group, prepare a proposal including an outline, survey and draft if applicable, which suggests what you want to do and how you propose to do it.
Here is a sample outline for the MCM monograph proposal. Question/issues to address in each section are introduced to explain what each section should accomplish.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Proposal
Secure Approval of the Proposal by the MCM Academic Council Your monograph proposal will enable MCM Academic Council members to gain a better understanding of your monograph plans. The proposal can be submitted anytime after the MCM Academic Council has approved the monograph topic. Feedback/approval of the proposal will be given within 45 days after its submission.
Before you continue developing your monograph, you should once again carefully consider your proposal and make changes as necessary, since the proposal should drive the development and writing of your monograph.
Conduct Research/Collect Information
The word “research” means “to seek out again.” Research for the MCM monograph involves seeking ideas suggested and material developed by others and putting these together in new ways or discovering something about them that has never been known.
An objective research method requires one to gather facts and to interpret them in a way that will enable conclusions to be drawn. Think of the MCM monograph as a report that you will present to club managers about the conclusions you have reached after you have thoroughly investigated, organized and analyzed information about a subject.
As you undertake research on your topic, you will likely discover three types of evidence:
Perhaps the most difficult determination that you will need to make is to decide which of the three types of evidence you are learning about when you read something or talk to someone.
When you conduct your research, keep a notebook with the following items:
Interview basics include:
Survey QuestionsThere are four basic types of survey questions:
Detailed explanations about survey statistics are well beyond the purpose of this discussion. However, it is typically best to have at least 30 responses from each group of persons being interviewed and/or surveyed. (A candidate should discuss specific statistical issues relevant to his/her project with an appropriate member of his/her MCM Monograph Support Group.)
Write/Edit the Monograph
As noted above, the monograph will likely have several parts. The proposal drives the development of the monograph itself. One common organizational format for a professional report follows.
This section should include those individuals that assisted you with your monograph.
This abstract of your monograph briefly (less than one page) summarizes your project goal(s), methodology and major findings (recommendations). If it is succinct, well written and relevant to the reader’s needs, the Executive Summary will encourage the reader to read the monograph itself.
Statement of the Problem
This section begins the monograph. It describes your topic, tells why it is of concern and explains the importance of your approach to the topic.
Review of the Literature
In the Review of the Literature section, you must present the relationship between your current study and previous work done on the topic. It should provide a logical flow of information from that known previously to the beginning of your own research.
By the end of the section and as you further describe your study, the reader should be thinking, “Of course, the need for this monograph is clear, and it is important to the club industry.”
You will know you have done enough study for the literature review when the articles and books you are reading become redundant; you are not learning anything new from further study of the reference sources.When you take notes for the literature review, keep track of complete references. This will save you from the task of having to retrieve information such as a page number or publication date that will be necessary for a complete citation when you write your monograph.
Internet Literature Review Assistance
Many resources are available to researchers through the Internet. For instance, see the Colorado State University Writer’s Center site at: http://writing.colostate.edu
The “Writing Guides” link site features a section on “Guides to Library, Internet and Field Research.” In this section, an introduction to research processes is provided in addition to information about:
Statements of Method(s) for Study
The Method section follows from the problem statement and review of the literature. In this section you should describe the steps you used to conduct your research. The method section contains:
Also, to explain what you did not try to do (so that you don’t do too much), you may present a section called “Limitations of the Study.”
Results/Discussion/ImplicationsThe Results section clearly presents your findings. You may include tables, figures and/or interview summaries.
In your Discussion/Implications section, you should review your findings with respect to previous studies. You should also suggest implications of the research, limitations that may affect how managers or others use information from your study and your recommendations for future study. This is the area where you make recommendations about how others can make use of the monograph information.
The References section should include citations to which you refer throughout the monograph.
This section should include supportive information that is detailed and helpful to understanding the project, but that might interrupt the flow of information if it were included in the body of the monograph.
Submit the Monograph
If the monograph is submitted by October 1 (year 2) and if only minor, if any, modifications are needed, you will be able to make an oral presentation to the MCM Academic Council members as well as an educational presentation to the attendees of the CMAA World Conference.