DeVry HSM544 Week 7 Course Project Latest
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DeVry HSM544 Week 7 Course Project Latest
Course Project – Guide
Write a research paper (not less than 18 pages or more than 22 pages) double spaced based on your chosen subject, in which you convince your readers to support your recommendation.
Cover letter or memo, title page, table of contents, executive summary:
Body of the report:
Introduction, conclusions, recommendations, findings, and methodology, organized clearly with effective headings and subheadings:
Supplementary information: Appendixes, exhibits (supplementary charts and graphs) and a list of illustrations, if appropriate.
Use Applied Business Research Techniques:
Guide your approach to solving the business problem and use tools such as the Internet, Keller’s Virtual Library, and other on-line and in-library resources to conduct business research to gather information and support for your proposal. Go to http://www.google.com for a good research engine.
Using Keller’s Virtual Library:
Log on to http://library.devry.edu/ through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and browsers (such as Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer), click on Graduate Resources and follow the instructions on the page.
Follow the simple on-line instructions to conduct your information search. The home page has an easy-to-use Help Guide that provides an overview of the database and answers to specific questions about usage.
Tips for Success
Getting started:. Good communication begins with critical thought. Think about the chosen subject.
-Who is your audience?
-What is your purpose?
-What do you know about the situation?
Let your answers to those three (3) questions guide you as you research your topic, acquire information, and develop your business recommendation. You may also use the answers to those three (3) questions to guide you as you outline your subject. Don’t use information just because you have it, use information because it will help you accomplish your objective.
GRADING CRITERIA FOR TERM PAPER:
The greatest value in a course comes from applying the concepts, theories, and principles explored during class. The term paper will be graded according to the criteria below and is worth 21% or your total grade. This term project gives you an opportunity to select an a problem or situation with which you are familiar and identify a health care management issue in which an element of that organization is or is not meeting expectations. Then, drawing on the concepts and principles from readings, exercises, current events, and class discussions, write a term paper in which you:
· Introduce the issue (Background)
· Define the problem,
· Search the literature,
· Analyze the problem,
· Offer possible solutions,
· Propose a single solution,
· Develop an implementation plan, and
· Justify why/how it your solution will solve the identified problem.
Your paper must include, but is not limited to, the following sections:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: (20 points)
Once your paper is completed, you will need to summarize the paper’s main points for your reader. Explain succinctly the problem/issue you are writing about along with a summary of your paper’s main points. Include the solutions offered along with your identified best solution and plan and how it will solve the identified problem/issue. Maximum Length of an Executive Summary is 1-2 pages.
DEFINE THE PROBLEM/ISSUE: (10 points)
Identify and clearly state the problem which needs improvement or is not meeting expectations. Remember, that what appears to be the health care problem or issue may actually be just a symptom of a bigger problem–dig deep to be sure you’ve identified the real problem/s. If there appears to be more than one problem/issue, decide if they are separate or related issues. State the problem in the form of a question.
LITERATURE REVIEW: (45 points)
Present what you discovered in your search of the literature. Review theories, concepts, and studies discussed in class and in our textbook AND review what other writers/researchers have to say about the subject of your analysis. In short, demonstrate an understanding of the literature and apply it sensibly to the problem. This is not a course in applied commonsense; however, such practical intelligence is important, especially in the application stage. A literature review is like playing a video game in which you are in a chamber with many doors. As you open each door, you uncover clues to help you progress to the next level. Similarly, in a literature review, your objective is to open the “doors” that can point the way to solving your business problem. Begin your literature review with a broad look at your field of interest, then narrow your focus until you zero in on the essential issues/s of concern.
NOTE: A literature review is a required element of this assignment. A good “rule of thumb” is to review at least ten resources, beyond the textbook and class readings, to ensure the effectiveness of your research. Be sure to list them in the bibliography.
Suggestion: Begin your literature survey by accessing Keller”s online library at www.keller.edu.
PROBLEM ANALYSIS: (45 points) This section should provide a detailed analysis of the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s) you identified in Section II. A major objective is to clearly illustrate how you are using this course concepts (as well as what your learned from your literature review) to better understand the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s). Show that you are applying course material!
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS: (25 points)
Explore three solutions that could be appropriate ways to solve the identified problem/issue. Be sure these solutions are logical based on your analysis and that they each would effectively treat the problem, not the symptoms. Also, discuss the anticipated outcomes (both positive and negative) of implementing each of the possible solutions you identified.
SOLUTION AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION: (25 points)
Outline your recommended solution to the problem/issue—one of the alternatives explored in Section V or a combination of those alternatives. State your solution clearly and specifically. Describe exactly what should be done and how it should be done, including by whom, with whom, and in what sequence. Here are some points to keep in mind as you write this section: Have I indicated an awareness of the problem of implementation (the how aspect)? Have I been specific enough? A specific solution would state what style is most appropriate for the situation and how you will attempt to the have the manager realize the appropriate style.
What aspects of the problem remain unresolved by my solution?
Does my recommended solution and implementation plan address the problem/issues and causes identified in the previous sections? Does my solution consider and resolve the identified pros and cons?
How will I evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented recommended solution?
What process checks or procedures will I put in place to institutionalize the improvement?
Could my solution cause other problems/issues? What risks are inherent in the solution you recommend? What contingency plans do you recommend?
Assess the realism of your proposed action plan. For example, is there adequate time, money, or other resources for your solution? In addition, does your solution place too much reliance on other people being “reasonable”—i.e., on what YOU think is reasonable?
JUSTIFICATION: (20 points)
Justify why your recommended solution and its implementation will solve the identified problem/issue in the organization/unit you selected. An important element of this section is to show very clearly how you applied course concepts to arrive at a workable solution and a successful implementation. Apply appropriate course material; support your conclusions with appropriately referenced facts, quotes, and readings; and be sure your justification addresses identified pros and cons.
REFERENCES: (20 points)
All citations in the paper must appear in the reference list, and all references must be cited in the text. Choose references judiciously and cite them accurately. A citation of an author’s work in the text documents your work, briefly identifies the source for readers, and enables readers to locate the source of information in the alphabetical reference list at the end of the paper. To use the ideas or words of another without crediting the source is plagiarism. Plagiarism in its purest form involves copying of entire passages either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct acknowledgment of the source. The most common (and unconscious) form of plagiarism is when a direct quotation is simply paraphrased. Paraphrasing does not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper identification of source data. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or conclusions not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your text.
GRAMMAR/COMPOSITION: (20 points) The paper uses acceptable terminology in standard English and reflects the use of word processing software and spell check. Acceptable sentence structure is reflected with appropriate use of grammar and style and considerate of the audience for which the paper is written.