SW 360K & 390R10 - Introduction to Human Services Administration Spring 1998 Course Number: SW 309R10/360K Instructor: Professor Michael Lauderdale Term Paper Assignment A substantial portion of the student’s responsibilities for this course is the term paper. The paper is to be developed from the following list of topics. The student must choose one of these topics and provide the instructor by Thursday, March 11 the topic selection and initial outline. On April 1 the final outline is due in hard copy. Topics Issues of Employee Empowerment Defining Quality in Human Service Organizations Roots of the Quality Revolution Employee Stress and Burnout The Impact of Privatization in Governmental Human Services The Practice of Strategic Planning in Government Organizations Contemporary Issues in Balancing Work, Family and Community Responsibilities Defining Leadership Virtual Organizations Learning/Thinking Organizations The Impact of Information Technology on Organizations Social Class, Ethnicity and Gender Issues in Organizational Life Strategies of Development and Training in Organizations Ethical Issues in the Modern Organization Customer and Client Satisfaction Each Paper must follow this template Introduction Brief Explanation of the Topic Review of relevant literature Literature review consists of citations from professional books, journals, organizational technical reports and from the World Wide Web. For example: Employee Stress and Burnout. Paper would include references that would offer definitions of burnout and stress, instruments used to measure such phenomena, impact of burnout and stress on employees, professionals, the organization, clients, family, etc. Illustration of contemporary This section establishes the saliency of the topic in terms issues and practices in Austin of local organizations. It is addressed by providing interviews with members of organizations, examples of legislation, policy memoranda and organization efforts to address the issue. Analysis of the issue Here use an organization where you work, have a field placement or have some working knowledge. This means that you will want to pick an issue that has relevance to some organization with which you have contact. If the topic is burnout then organization what manifestations occur in the? Have training sessions or interventions been scheduled? Do professional associations offer programs? Student illustrates the quality of his or her thinking about the topic. What appear to be the dimensions of the topic? Is it a timeless issue or a contemporary one having developed in recent years. What challenges does it present to an organization? How effective do the theoretical and applied efforts to address the issue appear to be? What are the consequences for ignoring or failing to successfully address the issue? You may relate this section to a specific organization, organizations in general, or both. This is the point at which you explain to the reader why you feel this is an important topic and how your finding buttresses your opinion. Let’s say your topic is virtual organizations and that you have surveyed literature and conclude that the technology will permit organizations not defined by a traditional physical work site. You have some articles about software companies where employees work almost entirely out of their homes, of Federal administrative judges that only go to the office for administrative Conclusion Bibliography Length hearings but spend most of their time in their homes reviewing cases and writing opinions, of a university in Phoenix where many degrees are offered via the Internet, etc. You then explain how much of a specific organization where you work or have a field placement can be transformed to a virtual organization and what the benefits will be. You also assess the downside. Student ties the topic to the literature and addresses issues of what steps or efforts seem advisable. Simply a summary of the paper. “I looked at the topic, found these kinds of information, think the information is adequate, suggestive, or loaded with hyperbole, needs more research, etc. etc…. I looked specifically at the phenomenon or phenomena in this organization and think that these are the generalizations that can be made.” Full citations in APA style. Style sheets are available in student handbook, advisors’ offices and LRC. Ten to twenty pages double spaced. No papers longer than twenty pages. Criteria for Assignment of Grades A Paper clearly explains the topic, its manifestations in an organization and its consequences for employees of the organization and people that interact with the organization. The paper is free of all spelling, punctuation, grammatical, and construction errors. Citations follow the APA format and cover both important historical material and contemporary illustrations. Paper is written in a style that is pleasing to a reader. It is free of jargon and cant and well as regional or idiomatic expressions. Headings establish the flow of the paper and clarify the exposition. Illustrations help the reader to understand concepts. The author expresses enthusiasm for the topic and illustrations make the issues come alive for the reader. The reader is able to make connections between the paper and events in organizations. B Paper is printed clearly and with appropriate graphics. Paper clearly explains the topic and substantially relates the topic to organizations and people. The explanation though is less compelling and well-documented than in an A paper. There are no more than two spelling errors and they are the result of word misuse rather than carelessness in check spelling. There are a few clumsy or awkward constructions but no sentence fragments. While citations are adequate there is not a balance of important as well as recent work. Less than five punctuation errors occur. Style is straightforward and not filled with hackneyed phrases or sloppy jargon. Headings are helpful in making transitions for the reader. C Paper is clearly printed and on appropriate paper stock. Paper explains the topic, but leaves the reader with doubts that author has mastered the topic. There is a lack of clear or realistic examples of the issue. There are several spelling errors that indicate a lack of attention to detail and simple failure to use available tools (spell checker and dictionary). One or more sentence fragments exist, as do awkward constructions. Citations consist only of a book or two and a couple of journals. Style is muddy and is filled with opinions. Facts and assertions are difficult to separate and logic often is elusive. Headings do not assist the reader and seem to be simply mechanical breaks. D Paper is printed on material and with fonts that make reading difficult. Paper is late, sloppily constructed with unclear explanations of the topic. Either no examples exist or examples simply do not illustrate the topic. Substantial spelling and grammatical errors exist. There are repeated construction errors and lapses of continuity of ideas and expression in the document. Style is colloquial and acts as a barrier for the reader. Sentences and paragraphs are either choppy or ideas run on without breaks or transitions. F Paper is printed with little attention to detail and difficult to read. Paper is late. Topic is not well developed and citations are both inadequate and not related to the topic. A variety of spelling, grammatical and construction errors exist. There is confusion of person or tense. Words are misused and paper is tedious and wanders or offers unsubstantiated assertions. Style is immature and highly colloquial. Sentences and paragraphs are poorly developed and do not convincing communicate to the reader. Paper is printed and assembled with little attention to detail.