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GUIDELINES FOR HDAS 2000
HUMAN SERVICE FOCUS PAPER (HSFP)
Based on your interest in any period of development, choose an issue that has a human
service delivery aspect to it. Your paper will address three main issues: overview of the issue,
any laws/policies/funding sources concerning human service provision for this issue, and a
detailed description of one human service agency that provides services for this issue. The last
issue should be your focus, that is, you should provide the most information about. Your paper
may not be on the same topic as your presentation.
Your paper should be between 700-900 words (excluding names, titles, references) long. Points
will be subtracted for any submissions that do not meet the specifications. Please upload your
paper to D2L in the correct folder before midnight of July 18th. The instructor is not
responsible for papers submitted in any other manner.
Your paper worth 20 points should be typed, double-spaced, and consistent with the style
manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (7th edition). The reference section of
the library has a copy of the style manual. A link to an online tutorial is also provided in the
“Writing Resources” module found under the content tab for this course on D2L. Failure to
use the APA guidelines will result in a lower letter grade for your paper. Other than instructor
provided guidelines on D2L (APA website), please do not use any other handouts or sources to
satisfy APA requirements for your paper.
Please follow APA guidelines for in-text citations as well as references. No cover page is
necessary nor is an abstract. Use the following headers to organize your paper. Points will be
subtracted for failure to follow guidelines.
You must consult several sources (books, web resources, magazines, scholarly journal
articles or monographs) to introduce your topic. Be sure to include legit sources. Wikipedia
and the likes are not considered legitimate sources.
For example, let’s say that you interested in autism during childhood. Your paper would
begin with an overview of autism that includes a description of the condition, incidence
rates and statistics (local, regional, national), etiology, prevention, and treatment (if any).
(b) Laws/Policies/Programs/ Identify within the United States, including Georgia, any applicable
laws or policies that are applicable for the issue. As an example on the same topic, the
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) was revised in 2004 (and, in fact, renamed the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, but most people still refer to it as
(20 points; presentations are scheduled on the dates listed on your syllabus)
1) Signing up for your presentation topic
To select your presentation topic, please sign into D2L and click on the “Content” tab to sign-up
for the Doodle link listed in the module titled “Course Resources.” The deadline for sign-up is
before midnight of June 23rd. After that date, the instructor will assign topics to those students
who did not sign-up.
No more than two individuals may sign up for the same topic. However, the presentations will be graded individually. Both students must dialogue in advance to ensure there is no redundancy in their coverage of material. Otherwise, both will lose points for their presentation. Please note that the topics for the presentation are different from the topics for the Human Service Focus Paper (HSFP). They cannot be identical or related. You must upload your video presentation to the correct forum listed under the Discussion tab on D2L. Please note that your student presentations will be made available to all students in this course, and all uploaded presentations lend themselves for assessment in this course.
2) Preparing your presentation First, make a PowerPoint presentation based on a topic that you have signed up for (approximately 5-6 minutes). The easiest way to do a video presentation is to create a PowerPoint with narration, and then under the “File” tab, go to “Export” and “Create a video” and then hit “Create video.” You must upload only the video as your presentation submission. Do not submit a PowerPoint with narration as you will lose points. Creating this video is a great learning experience, and will hold you in good stead beyond this course. An important component of your presentation is to research the topic that you signed up for from the perspective of another country. If two individuals are signed up for the same topic, they must focus on two different countries. You are expected to make comparisons between the United States and another country. Let’s expand our horizons. Be sure to include a general introductory slide that introduces the other country (not the United States), and then specifically focus on the issue on hand. You must include a comparative slide that looks at the same issues in both countries. In-text citations APA style must be listed on UeveryUslide of the PowerPoint. Throughout the presentation, wherever work is cited on each slide, please be sure to state author and year next to their contribution. An APA style reference list must also be provided on the last slide. Underestimating or overextending the prescribed time will result in loss of points. points will be subtracted. Accompanying handouts or papers are Unot Urequired. Content, organization, clarity of presentation, and creativity get high marks. Be prepared to back your presentation with reliable sources. Wikipedia and the like are not regarded as legitimate sources for this course. Edit the presentation carefully for typos, grammatical mistakes, and punctuation errors. You will lose points for them, and also if the content is blurry and cannot be read clearly.
Creating a video sounds more complicated than it really is. The resources for doing so are free, and listed below under the resources sub-section. It’s a great learning experience, and will hold you in good stead beyond this course. First, create a PowerPoint presentation with narration on your topic. To create a video from the PowerPoint presentation, go to the “File” tab, go to “Export” and “Create a video” and then hit “Create video.” Please ensure that your material on the screen is full size so material can be read. You must upload only the video as your presentation submission. Uploading a PowerPoint presentation with narration is unacceptable. Do not submit a PowerPoint with narration as you will lose points. Creating this video is a great learning experience, and will hold you in good stead beyond this course.
3) Refer to HDAS 2000 Guidelines page for details regarding resources.