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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 November 14th. 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).
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.
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. List examples of organizations (national or regional level) that advocate for the issue or population that you are focusing on.
Next, focus on one human service agency. Begin by listing the URL, 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? Recognize that you may not get all the answers from the human service agency’s website. If that is the case, contact the agency to get their brochure or seek to have a phone conversation or online video chat to get the information you need. Introduce yourself as a HDAS student at GGC writing a paper for this course. Example: There are many non-profit agencies that serve individuals with autism. Example: Autism Speaks.
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.
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.
(20 points; presentations are scheduled on the dates listed on your syllabus) This assignment involves an in-class presentation (5-6 minutes) using PowerPoint as your basis.
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 August 16th. 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 PowerPoint to the correct group listed under the Assignment tab on D2L. Please note that your student presentations will be made available to all students in this course as a pdf file, and all uploaded presentations lend themselves for assessment in this course.
First, make a PowerPoint presentation based on a topic that you have signed up for (approximately 5-6 minutes). 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 every slide 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 not required. 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.
You are completely responsible for ensuring that your presentation is uploaded to the right folder on D2L before midnight of the assigned date. If there is a ‘no-show’ 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.