Week 2 Problem Identification, Research Questions, and Description This week, submit a 1–2 page problem identification and description of the project you have chosen for your culminating project that includes: A cover page A title and abstract: 150–200 words describing the project A problem statement, problem identification, or purpose of the project: Provide a concise statement of the problem, need, or questions being investigated. Give a clear and explicit statement of the problem, including the target population and background information relative to the specific problem. Include 1–2 research questions that you will explore within your research. A preliminary review of the literature: List, reference, and summarize 3–4 peer-reviewed sources that support your identified project and the need for change, the issue at hand, or the need for further research. Be sure that the data supports the need for investigation or change and that your problem is not one that has already been widely solved. You will have opportunities to refine your problem statements and research questions throughout this course. Be sure to review your instructor’s feedback.
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Week 4 Integrative Literature Review Write a literature review of your topic using peer-reviewed articles and books, as well as non-research literature such as evidence-based guidelines, toolkits, and standardized procedures. Identify and cite all sources of data according to APA guidelines. In at least 5 pages: Critique the most current research to support your problem; this research will help drive the focus of your project. Summarize the key findings of the research and it’s relevancy to your project. Describe any gaps in knowledge that you found and the effects this may have on health informatics as it relates to your project topic. The literature review should be a synthesis of how each article or study relates to your project. When writing your literature review, remember to include subtopics to your main topic and gather data on these areas as well. Your integrative literature review should be at least 5 pages in length, not including the cover or reference pages, and must contain a minimum of 10 scholarly articles published within the past 5–7 years. This literature is considered a draft and will need to be revised for integration into your final paper. Please make sure to review your instructor’s feedback. Week 5 Theoretical or Conceptual Framework This week, review your literature and look for gaps of knowledge in your topic. What is missing? What questions do you still have that you can potentially solve in your research? Compose a 2- to 3-page paper that outlines the framework for your research project. Address the following: Explain the problem and briefly summarize the research you have completed in your literature review. Define any gaps or relationships that are apparent and how you will address them in your project. Be sure to reference back to your research questions and problems to ensure that the gaps correlate with your problem and questions.
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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.