The paper will critically analyze the issues related to your topic within the context of the current healthcare environment, and will also consider future directions in U.S. medical care. Web references, books, and professional journal articles should be considered as references. And don’t overlook the DeVry Online Library as an important source of information for your paper!
Pay particular attention to the accurate citation of research sources and be sure to cite sources as you go, or inserting them later will be extremely difficult and time-consuming.
- Your paper should be 7-10 pages in length (excluding cover and references pages), with 12-point Times font, double-spaced with one-inch margins, running head, and page numbers – all in accordance with APA formatting. Include a cover page, table of contents, introduction, the body of the report, summary/conclusion, and references page.
- Even though this is not a scientific writing assignment, and is mostly creative in nature, references are still very important. At least six authoritative outside references are required. These should be listed on the last page, titled References.
- Appropriate citations are required.
- All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy.
- Papers are due during Week 7 of this course.
- Define the Challenges and Problems Associated With Your Topic
- Review of the Literature
- Challenges/Problems Analysis
- Recommend Solutions
- Implementation of Solutions
- Summary and Conclusion
- Works Cited
The following are the best practices in preparing this paper.
- Cover Page—Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.
- Table of Contents—List the main ideas and sections of your paper and the pages on which they are located. The illustrations should be included separately.
- Introduction—Use a header on your paper. This will indicate you are introducing your paper.
The purpose of an introduction or opening:
- Introduce the subject and why the subject is important.
- Preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered.
- Establish the tone of the document.
Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.)
- Body of Your Report—Use a header titled with the name of your project. Example: “The Development of Hotel X—A World Class Resort.” Then proceed to break out the main ideas. State the main ideas, state major points in each idea, and provide evidence. Break out each main idea you will use in the body of your paper. Show some type of division, such as separate sections that are labeled; separate groups of paragraphs; or headers. You would include the information you found during your research and investigation. Sections for the HSM420 Course Project are as follows.
- Define the Challenges and problems associated with your topic
- Review of the literature
- Challenges/problems analysis
- Recommended solutions
- Implementation of solutions
- Summary and Conclusion—Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the industry.
- Work Cited—Use the citation format as specified in the Syllabus.
Additional hints on preparing the best possible project are below.
- Apply a three-step process of writing: plan, write, and complete.
- Prepare an outline of your research paper before you go forward.
- Complete the first draft, and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
- Use visual communication to further clarify and support the written part of your report. You could use example graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings, animation, video clips, pictograms, tables, and Gantt charts.