Assignment: Applied Health Information
Assignment: Applied Health Information
Please review Guidelines –
Each week you will research a relevant article and post the article as well as a summary of that article using the guidelines stated below. The time frame of your research should fall between January 2010 and today.
The articles you choose should discuss current issues and challenges associated with implementing health information systems as well as lessons learned and ‘good news’ stories of successful implementations.
Search for articles on topics that arise in our readings each week, as this will help bring relevance to what we may cover in our discussion forums.
Please follow the following guidelines when creating your journal entries:
Your review is to be no longer than two paragraphs in length and contain the following sections written in your own words.
A link to the article is to be included with your post.
Each journal entry should follow the following format: Title: You should title your current event in your own words. Do not merely use the title of the “article you chose to review, but rather something that is indicative of the theme of the article and your subsequent discussion on the topic.
Source: You may choose an article from a local, regional or national newspaper, news magazine, online journal, internet site (make sure you check the validity of this source and that it is not just a blog), and relaiable news outlets. Include the given title to the article, the news source, and date of the article(s). [Note – you may find more than one article on the same topic you choose to address.]
Facts: What are the facts, in your own words, with quotations where appropriate, that are appropriate to the topic and issues you wish to address. This should be approximately one paragraph long, which gives the reader enough information to understand the issues and commentary.
Status: What is the status of the topic that you chose to address? In other words, is this a study that has been completed or an implementation that is ongoing? This information will come into play when you are writing your opinion and questions regarding the topic and issues. This section most likely requires just a sentence or two for the purpose of this assignment.
Issues: You are to raise issues that you find of interest. Unlike case brief assignments, do not merely state the issues, but express why you find them to be of particular interest to you. They may not be contained directly in the substantive portion of the article as many of such “reports” merely raise topics and state facts, from which you will draw your own conclusions and questions. Again, a couple of sentences will be sufficient for this section of the paper.
Conclusions: What do you make of this article or news story? What do you think is the next stage of the process if there is any? What is the significance of it from a technological perspective? This discussion section should be approximately a paragraph long and make up the substance of your paper. Questions: What additional facts would you like to know? What additional questions came to mind while you were reading/reviewing this article? This is an opportunity for you to use critical thinking and discuss anything you think may have been left out of the research or article.
Be sure you are using legitimate sources when looking for your articles.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
- Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
- Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
- One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
- I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
- Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
- In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
- Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
- Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
- Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
- Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
- I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
- I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
- As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
- It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
- For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
- Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
- Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
- Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
- The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
- Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
- If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
- I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
- As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
- Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
- Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
- Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.