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ENG 302/303 Scientific & Technical Writing/Writing for Business & the Professions: Eng 302/303 Getting Started

Materials to aid research for Business & Technical Writing courses offered on New Brunswick campuses.

The 6 "P"s

Population--the people who will benefit from your program

Problem--the need or opportunity that your propposal addresses

Research to support the existence of prolem

Scope--what part of my problem can I address?

Scale--How large a model will I create?

Patron--person or business who will fund my proposal

Business funded (for profit)

Grant funded (non-profit)

Paradigm--models or theoretical work & the research rational for your plan

Theoretical frame

Models of Success

Price--how much my plan will cost

Plan--procedures to resolve the problem

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How the 6 P's Work Together

Graphic illustration of the 6 P's used in many Business and Technical Writing courses on the New Brunswick Campus

Print Your Own Copy of the 6 "P"s

Finding your Idea

The image is an example of mind mapping to explore and visually record your idea; created with free software at

  • Looking at current issues important to Congress--and all of us! CQ Researcher
  • Listen to programs on National Public Radio, particularly the shows "All Things Considered","Fresh Air","On the Media", "Tell Me More" and others located at the bottom of the home page
  • For ideas try searching the ABCNews site
  • TED "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world".
  • The Libraries subscribe to online specialized encyclopedias published by Gale and Sage; they are good for finding ideas and early background research.
  • Visit the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
  • ESPN Sports Science show may trigger some ideas for your project
  • Browse your local newspaper(s) for local problems.  Use Access World News and limit to New Jersey newspapers if you would like to search locally.
  • Browse through individual issues of Forbes or Business Week. Check tutorials box on this page for assistance.
  • BBC News World provides a non-American perspective on issues in the U.S and around the world

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