The final paper must be submitted in APA format, including a title page, abstract, body and references. The total paper must be a minimum of 10 pages, meaning that the body of the paper must be at least 7 pages in length.
Prior to writing the paper, students must conduct one interview each with their contact person and conduct their observations at the agency. During the interviews and observations, students must explore the concepts of case management as identified and observed within the agency in accordance with material covered in this course in the textbooks.
In the paper, students will analyze the agency’s use of the case management concepts covered in the course through their observations and input from the interviews. Data from observations and interviews must be incorporated in the analysis of each topical area. Students must attribute information obtained from the interviews to their contact people using APA-formatted personal communication citations. The analysis also must be supported by evidence obtained from the reference material listed on the reference page and the texts in the course. A minimum of three peer-reviewed journal articles must be cited in the paper.
Students must use the following topical outline and include the following headings to organize the paper:
Agency name and description: several paragraphs detailing the agency’s function and its clientele. This section should introduce the contact person for the project, including job title and credentials.
Principles and goals of case management: an analysis of the agency’s application of the concepts supported by interview and observation as well as peer-reviewed sources.
Three components of case management: an analysis of the agency’s application of the concepts supported by interview and observation as well as peer-reviewed sources.
Four methods of case management service delivery: an analysis of the agency’s application of the concepts supported by interview and observation as well as peer-reviewed sources.
Role(s) of the case manager: an analysis of the agency’s application of the concepts supported by interview and observation as well as peer-reviewed sources.
Three phases of case management: an analysis of the agency’s application of the concepts supported by interview and observation as well as peer-reviewed sources.
Summary: several paragraphs detailing the student’s experience with the project, including a summary analysis and objective evaluation of the agency’s performance in carrying out the case management concepts covered in the course.
Note: The paper must be submitted to the dropbox by the deadline: 11:59 pm Saturday of week 7. Submit your paper in Word (.doc or .docx), PDF (.pdf), or RTF (.rtf) formats. Other formats (e.g., MS Works, ODT) will not be accepted.
Points Possible Grading Criteria
10 Points Abstract provides a brief and comprehensive summary of the paper.
Begin this section with the most important information and limit it to the four or five most important concepts, findings, or implications of your research.
It should be accurate, self-contained (spell out abbreviations), concise (at least 120-150 words; 250 maximum), and specific.
Paragraph or two that provides:
An overview describing the main topics of your research.
The audience for whom this research is important and why.
A transition from a general discussion of your topics to a description of your project.
Paper is well organized:
The required headings listed in the assignment are included to organize the paper: Agency Name and Description, Principles and Goals of Case Management, Three Components of Case Management, Four Methods of Case Management Service Delivery, Roles of the Case Manager, Three Phases of Case Management, Summary.
Transitions are provided between ideas.
Paragraphs are unified, coherent, and effective.
Body is at least 7 full pages.
Paper is well written:
Critical, analytical, and informed thinking is evident.
Each section of the paper provides a thorough analysis of the applicable concepts covered in the text.
Assertions in each section of the paper are supported with application of material derived from the case manager interview and/or observation, which is clearly and properly attributed to the source.
Assertions in each section of the paper are supported by application of the reading assignments and outside research listed on the reference page. (Sources are cited in-text.)
The summary provides a detailed discussion of the student’s experience with the project, as well as an analysis and objective evaluation of the agency’s performance in carrying out the case management concepts and practices covered in the course.
Sources include a minimum of three scholarly journal articles that are freely available at the Columbia College library. All references should be relevant to the content of the paper and applied in-text.
(1 point for each of the 10 items listed.) Page 1 (title page):
Running head, properly formatted and correct length, with page number.
Title and author/affiliation information formatted and placed correctly.
Proper information in header of page 2 and each page following (SHORTENED TITLE and correct page numbering).
“Abstract” at top of page, centered, and properly formatted.
Abstract is in block text, not indented, and properly formatted.
Page 3 and following:
Double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, consistent one-inch margins on each page.
Full title at top of page 3, centered.
Correct formatting of headings and in-text citations. (Personal communication citations are used to attribute information appropriately to the case manager contact.)
Last page (reference page):
“References” at top of page, centered, and properly formatted.
Reference list properly formatted, with hanging indent (second and following lines indented).
Proper punctuation, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure will be closely examined for college quality. Deduct 1 point per error.
Deduct 5 points for each improperly cited paragraph (i.e., lack of quotation marks for verbatim material; improper quoting, citing, or poor paraphrasing).