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HUSE 3400 Section 01 - Kalavar

Spring 2023

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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.  The human service agency that you choose to focus on for this paper may not be the site of your service-learning experience.

I. Format 

 Your paper should be between 1000-1200 words (excluding your name, paper title, and 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 May 1st.  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.

II. Organization 

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.

a) Overview:

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 IDEA). The law mandates that the state provide all eligible children with a free and appropriate public education that meets their unique individual needs.

c) Advocacy organizations/Funding sources/Services

In this section, focus on the human service agency of your choice for this chosen topic.  Please note that this should be the longest of the three sections of this paper.  Focus on one human service agency.  Example: There are many non-profit agencies that serve individuals with autism.  Example: Autism Speaks.  

Begin by listing the URL, type of human service organization, and the mission statement of the organization.  What population do they serve? What are their funding sources? What are examples of programs that address this issue? How do clients get referred to them? What types of services do they provide and for how long? Any follow-up services?  

d) Summary of interview

Email or contact by phone the agency that you have chosen to focus on for this paper.  Request the opportunity to speak to someone who can tell you more about the human service aspect of the organization as well as services offered.  Introduce yourself as a HDAS student at GGC writing a paper for this course on “Human Services.”

List the full name of the person along with email address and phone number.   Use APA style for in-text citation (as personal communication) and for listing this as a reference.

This interview may be conducted in-person, by phone, or online.  

I have listed four questions here.  Please provide a summarized understanding of the responses that you have obtained.  A transcript of the conversation is not needed. 

What motivates you to work in a human service organization?

What is challenging about working in this field during the pandemic?

As an organization, how do you assess the effectiveness of the work that you do? What are some changing trends that you have noticed in your organization that may lead to human service delivery changes in the future?

e) References.  

All sources used for your paper (books, magazines, journals, film, etc.) should be listed alphabetically at the end in a manner that is consistent with the APA manual 7th edition.  See ‘Writing Resources’ on D2L.

III. Plagiarism 

When you copy something word for word, or when you are merely rephrasing ideas from someone else’s text, you must cite your source, including the last name of the author and the date of publication in parentheses.  If you use someone’s words and ideas without citing him or her, you are committing plagiarism.

Your paper cannot have an originality report over 20%.  Your Turnitin score must be less than 20.  You are welcome to resubmit again after viewing your Turnitin score.  I will only grade the final submission that you have uploaded.  Points will be taken off from your final submission if the Turnitin score is greater than 20.  A review of the Turnitin report will be done to see where the problem lies before filing for any academic integrity violation.



(20 points; presentations are scheduled on the dates listed on your syllabus)

1) Signing up for your presentation topic

To select your video 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 August 16th.  After that date, I 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 video 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 8-10 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.  Include a comparative slide that looks at the same issues in both countries. 

In-text citations APA style must be listed on everyU slide of the PowerPointU     . 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 not U required.   U

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 if the content is blurry and cannot be ready clearly.

3) Resources

Listed below are various resources to do your video presentation assignment.  

a) How GGC Users can Download and Install Microsoft Office 365 Products.  Click here:

Grab this software and contact the GGC Helpdesk if you have any problems. This will be useful for your course assignments, especially the video assignment.  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.”  Additional information is provided below.

4) Late Policy

You are completely responsible for ensuring that your presentation is uploaded to the right group under the Discussion tab on D2L before midnight of the assigned date.  If there is a ‘noshow’ by the deadline (other than extenuating circumstance that may be documented), your presentation will be graded for 80% of maximum listed points.  After that, a further reduction of 5% of maximum points will occur for each passing class that you delay submission.


Option A

After you've created your PowerPoint slides and recorded any timing and narrations and laser pointer gestures that you want to include, you're ready to create a video file.

  1. On the File menu, select Save to ensure all your recent work has been saved in PowerPoint presentation format (.pptx).
  2. Click File > Export > Create a Video. (Or, on the Recording tab of the ribbon, click Export to Video.)
  3. In the first drop-down box under the Create a Video heading, select the video quality you want, which pertains to the resolution of the finished video. The higher the video quality, the larger the file size. (You may want to test them to determine which one meets your needs.)

                       Option                     Resolution For displaying on

Ultra HD (4K)*  3840 x 2160, largest file size Large monitors

Full HD (1080p)  1920 x 1080, large file size Computer and HD screens

  1. * The Ultra HD (4K) option is only available if you're using Windows 10.
  2. The second drop-down box under the Create a Video heading tells whether your presentation includes narration and timings. (You may switch this setting if you like.) o If you haven't recorded timed narration, by default the value is Don't Use Recorded Timings and Narrations.

The default time spent on each slide is 5 seconds. You can change that timing in the Seconds to spend on each slide box. To the right of the box, click the up arrow to increase the duration, or click the down arrow to decrease the duration.

o If you have recorded a timed narration, by default the value is Use Recorded Timings and Narrations.

  1. Click Create Video.
  2. In the File name box, enter a file name for the video, browse for the folder that will contain this file, and then click Save.
  3. In the Save as type box, choose either MPEG-4 Video or Windows Media Video. You can track the progress of the video creation by looking at the status bar at the bottom of your screen. The video creation process can take up to several hours depending on the length of the video and the complexity of the presentation.

Tip:   For a long video, you can set it up to be created overnight. That way, it’ll be ready for you the following morning.

  1. To play your newly-created video, go to the designated folder location, and then double-click the file.  Please check your video before uploading your submission. 

Option B

Use Kaltura Capture (or any such recorder) to do a screen capture video (with microphone audio) of your PowerPoint. Important Link

And from Brightspace 101 for Students:

Kaltura Video

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