You have been working hard on your Managed Health Care Project paper. This is the week to share your rough draft with a classmate in a peer review. In turn, one other student will give you feedback on your own paper. Here are guidelines:
- Check your work against the original assignment in Week 02, especially where the criteria for Evaluation are listed. Remember, for APA guidelines, go to your college's Online Library, which you can access through the Resources tab. Submit your rough draft (with annotated bibliography and outline at the end) as early as possible in the week. Include your name and topic in the subject panel. In the message space, write a brief summary of your work. Study your peer reviewer's comments after your paper is returned.
- Choose one other student's paper – one not chosen yet if possible – and provide a peer review. Follow the Evaluation guidelines in the assignment and in Peer Review Suggestions in Course Materials. Be honest. Be fair. Be an encourager!
Please make your initial post by midweek, and respond to at least one other student's post by the end of the week. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.
An original research paper with a body of 6-8 pages. In general, your paper should consist of the following pages:
Title Page – captivating title, your name, title of the course, date
Body – 6-8 pages of introduction, background on your topic, research support, personal evaluation, strong conclusion.
References Cited page – in APA format.
Research and Writing Requirements include:
- Proper mechanics: clear, concise, complete sentences and paragraphs, proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. (See style handbooks recommended by your college's Online Library, which you can access through the Resources tab.)
- Five or six sources for the paper from your research. Your textbook is a good resource. Internet resources should be reliable as at a university or government website. Please use one or two sources as available from your college's Online Library. Use statements and ideas that you have come up with on your own and blend these in with your research. Do not plagiarize. If you want to use actual words from a source, put them in quotation marks with the source.
- Follow APA format for citing your sources. For APA guidelines, go to your college's online library which you can access through the Resources tab.
Your instructor will evaluate your project according to your topic selection, thesis and outline, annotated bibliography, peer review, and final paper delivered in proper format as follows:
- Select Your Topic
- Brings early focus to subject matter.
- Topic has meaningful relationship to the managed care system.
- Thesis and Outline
- Strong thesis statement outlines the path that your project will follow.
- Outline supports thesis, listing topics and sub-topics for your project.
- Annotated Bibliography
- Annotated paragraphs for at least 3 sources include summary of the source, an evaluation, and description of source's usefulness.
- Properly formatted using APA guidelines.
- Mechanics follow required standards.
- Peer Review
- Initial post includes rough draft, outline, annotated bibliography, outline, and a brief summary of your work.
- Features response to at least one other student's post, providing detailed suggestions and encouragement.
- Final Paper
- Follows all Project assignment details and technical requirements, presenting “a managed care-related topic, thoroughly explaining what it is, why it's important, and how it fundamentally impacts the managed care system today.”
- Incorporates suggestions as needed from peer review.
- Incorporates key elements of a quality research paper:
- Strong thesis statement that states the main point of your project and suggests the path that your project will follow.
- Attention-getting introduction moving into quick transition that leads into thesis. Captures readers' attention.
- Topic sentences relate back to thesis statement. All information is relevant to thesis.
- Logical transitions between paragraphs and ideas provide unity and coherence to the whole. Clear organization.
- Concluding paragraph sums up information and reiterates thesis.
- Mechanics follow required standards. (Spelling, grammar, sentences written according to standard English.)
- APA format is followed in parenthetical references to research in the body of the text and in the annotated bibliography in the References Page at the end.
If you have any questions throughout this project, please ask your Instructor. Post ideas and questions for your classmates in the General Course Questions forum in the Getting Started folder of this course.