“World War II through the 1970s”

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper on the period from World War II through the 1970s.Your paper should cover the following:

  1. Identify at least (2) two major historical turning points in the period under discussion.
  2. Analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture.
  3. Give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II.
  4. Explain the role that women played to help win World War II.
  5. Describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward.
  6. Describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans.
  7. Describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “ Great Society” agenda that are still with us today.
  8. Include at least two (2) references (sources) other than the textbook. At least one (1) of your sources must be obtained from the collection of databases accessible from the Learning Resources Center Web page. Generic encyclopedic Internet resources such as Wikipedia or Answers.com will not be considered acceptable.

Student note: Points one (1) and two (2) above are separate from the rest of the assignment.The paper should follow guidelines for clear and effectively organized writing:

  • The paper is well organized, and every explanation is both complete and easy to understand.
  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph for the paper.
  • Main ideas should be addressed in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • The paper should be checked for spelling and grammatical errors.

The format of the paper is to be as follows:

  • Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format.
  • In addition to the five to six (5-6) pages assigned, a title page with the title of the assignment, your name, the instructor’s name, the course title, and the date is to be included, as well as a Reference Page.
  • Sources documented using APA style for in-text citations and listed on the References Page using APA style format.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the major turning points in American history since the Civil War.
  • Analyze how historical events shape America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture.Recognize and discuss the different ways that the heritage of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and segregation have shaped America’s history – even to the present day.
  • Identify how changes in social and economic conditions and technology can cause corresponding changes in the attitudes of the people and policies of the government.
  • Recognize and discuss the ways that formal policies of government have influenced the direction of historical and social development in the United States.
  • Analyze the rise of the United States to a world “super-power” and how that status has shaped its internal developments in recent decades.
  • Describe ways that women and minorities have responded to challenges and made contributions to American culture.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary U.S. history.
  • Write clearly and concisely about contemporary U.S. history using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

Assignment 3: World War II Through the 1970s
Criteria 0

Unacceptable

20

Developing

30

Competent

40

Exemplary

1. Identify at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion. Did not complete the assignment or did not identify at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially identified at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently identified at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully identified at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
2. Analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. Did not complete the assignment or did not analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially analyzed the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently analyzed the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully analyzed the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
3. Give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II. Did not complete the assignment or did not give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially gave at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently gave at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully gave at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
4. Explain the role that women played to help win World War II. Did not complete the assignment or did not explain the role that women played to help win World War II; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially explained the role that women played to help win World War II; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently explained the role that women played to help win World War II. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully explained the role that women played to help win World War II. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
5. Describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward. Did not complete the assignment or did not describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially described at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently described at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully described at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
6. Describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans. Did not complete the assignment or did not describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially described at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently described at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully described at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
7. Describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today. Did not complete the assignment or did not describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially described at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently described at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully described at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
8. Include at least two (2) references other than the textbook. Did not complete the assignment or did not include at least two (2) references other than the textbook; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially included at least two (2) references other than the textbook; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently included at least two (2) references other than the textbook. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully included at least two (2) references other than the textbook. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
9. Clarity Did not complete the assignment or explanations are unclear and not organized. (Major issues) Explanations generally unclear and not well organized. (Many issues) Explanations generally clear and /or organized. (Minor issues) Explanations very clear and well organized. (Added helpful details)
10. Writing – Grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. Did not complete the assignment or had 8 or more different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Major issues) Had 6-7 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Many issues) Had 4-5 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Minor issues) Had 0-3 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required.

Final Project

For your Final Project, you may write a paper or create a PowerPoint presentation.

  • If you choose to write a paper, it must be four to five pages in length, plus a title page and reference list, formatted according to APA style.
  • If you choose to create a PowerPoint project, it must be 12 to 15 slides, plus a title slide and a reference slide, formatted according to APA style. Be sure to save your presentation as a PDF before submitting it to Waypoint.
    • Please note that whether you choose to write a paper or create a PowerPoint presentation, you must properly cite your sources according to APA style.

To complete this project

  • Choose from one of the topics below and analyze its history from 1877 to the present.
  • Select four specific events or developments that span the years covered by this course, based on their impact on the topic. Two of the events must be from before 1945 and two events must be from after 1945. You must assess how the events in relationship to the topic changed over time and explain how the changes occurred. Please refer back to your Week Three Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments and make any necessary revisions.
  • Write an introduction with a thesis. Your thesis should summarize the main conclusions that you discovered while researching your topic and that you will support with a logical argument based on evidence (sources). Please refer back to your Week Three Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments, and make any necessary revisions to your thesis statement.
  • Connect each of the events or developments you have chosen back to your main thesis. The information presented must be organized and in chronological order.
  • You must use at least four sources in your paper other than the textbook, with at least two primary sources and at least two secondary sources. Please refer back to your Week Three Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments, and make any necessary revisions.

Choose one of the following topics:

  • Native Americans/American Indians
  • African Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Women

For example, a student writing a paper about the topic African Americans might choose the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Power Movement as two of their events. In that case, the paper would provide a description of the two movements. It would explain what each one revealed about the role of African Americans in broader American society in, respectively, the 1920s and the late 1960s, explain how and why the roles of African Americans in the 1920s differed from their roles in the late 1960s, and explain how events in the 1920s may have contributed to developments in the later decade.

Writing the Final Project

The Final Project

  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of project
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use at least four scholarly resources other than the textbook, including a minimum of two primary sources. Your secondary sources must come from the Ashford University Library. For help locating primary sources refer to the HIS206 HIS206: Primary Sources Research Guide.
  • Must document all sources, including images, in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

If you choose to create a PowerPoint presentation: You should use visual elements to contribute to your explanation of the topic. PowerPoint presentations should avoid plagiarism and have proper APA citations for all source material either in the note section at the bottom of each slide, or on the last slide of the show indicating sources for each slide. The final slide must be a correctly formatted reference list containing all of your sources. You may use non-scholarly sources for your images, but not for the text of the presentation. Make sure to pay attention to color and style. You will need to save your PowerPoint presentation as a PDF before you submit it to Waypoint. Use the Converting a PowerPoint to PDF tutorial.

Before submitting your Final Project, you may want to view the Sample Paper and/or the Sample Presentation and/or visit the Ashford Writing Center for feedback.

Do you have questions? Check out the  FAQs on Assignments page.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation

Submit a Plagiarism Checker Report with this assignment.

Prepare a 10-12 slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation that includes speaker notes explaining each slide.

Choose a movie or work of literature that discusses the topic of education and the arts.

Analyze the movie or work of literature’s relevance to this course.

  • Does the movie or book realistically reflect the impact of art education on adolescents?
  • Does it realistically reflect the struggle the humanities subjects faced in light of educational budget cuts?
  • If a school curriculum prefers to maintain sports programs over programs related to the arts, who will ultimately be responsible for children’s exposure to the humanities?
  • Who will pay for arts education?

Use two or more references outside of the movie or book to support your presentation.

To Create & Download a PDF Plagiarism Checker Report:

  • View the instructional PowerPoint “How to Receive and Download a PDF Plagiarism Checker Report.” This PowerPoint is posted in the discussion area for the Week 1 Humanities Paper. (PPT available when the class goes live) 
  • Submit your PDF Plagiarism Checker Report in gradebook along with your paper.

Romans and the Mongols

Research the political and military rise of the Romans and the Mongols.

Draft a thesis statement summarizing the factors that contributed to the power of the Roman and Mongol civilizations, supported by your research.

Write a 700- to 1,400-word research paper supporting your thesis. Include comparisons of the following:

  • Geographic location
  • Cultural advances
  • Technological advances
  • Tactical advances
  • Governments

Summarize how Roman civilization was similar to Mongol civilization and how they differed.

Cite at least one primary source to support your thesis.

Cite at least two secondary sources to support your thesis.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Assignment 3: Cultural Activity Report

Due Week 10 and worth 100 points

As a way of experiencing the Humanities beyond your classroom, computer, and textbook, you are asked to do a certain type of “cultural activity” that fits well with our course and then report on your experience.   Your instructor will require you to propose an activity and get instructor approval before you do it and report on it (students should look for any instructions in that respect). Every effort should be made to ensure that this is a hands-on experience (not a virtual one), that this activity fits the HUM 112 class well, and that the activity is of sufficient quality for this university course. The two (2) key types of activities are a museum visit or a performance. Note: This must not be a report on the same activity (and certainly not the same report) as done for another class, like HUM 111. For instance, one might go to the same museum as done for HUM 111, but this HUM 112 report will focus on entirely different works and displays.

  1. Visit a museum or gallery exhibition or attend a theater, dance, or musical performance before the end of Week 10. The activity (museum or performance) should have content that fits our course well. Have fun doing this.
  2. Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience.
    • Clearly identify the event location, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction upon arriving at the event.
    • Provide specific information and a description of at least two (2) pieces.
    • Provide a summary of the event and describe your overall reaction after attending the event.
    • Use at least the class text as a reference (additional sources are fine, not necessary unless required by your content). Your report should include connections you make between things observed in your activity and things learned in the course and text.

Note: Submit your cultural activity choice to the instructor for approval before the end of Week 5 (earlier is even better). Look for guidance from the instructor for how or where to make your proposal. You may also seek advice from your instructor (provide your town / state or zip code) for a good activity in your general area.

Visiting a Museum 

  • It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the first time. Find out what is available to see. In the museum, find out what sort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.
  • If there is a travelling exhibition, it’s always a good idea to see it while you have the chance. Then, if you have time, you can look at other things in the museum.
  • Every effort should be made ahead of time to identify a museum that has items and works one can easily connect to our HUM 112 class and book. Since HUM 112 covers from 1600 AD to the present, it makes more sense to focus on items from this time frame. In general, museums with fine arts work better than history museums.
  • Any questions about whether a museum-visit activity fits the course and assignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for the activity. Any alternative activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability or distance, will be determined by the instructor. Normally, we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get to an approved activity.
  • Make notes as you go through the museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets that the museum staff gives you. While you should not quote anything from the printed material when you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your memory later.
  • The quality of your experience is not measured by the amount of time you spend in the galleries or the number of works of art that you actually see. The most rewarding experiences can come from finding two or three (2 or 3) pieces of art or exhibits which intrigue you and then considering those works in leisurely contemplation. Most museums have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece.
  • If you are having a difficult time deciding which pieces to write about, ask yourself these questions: (1) If the museum you are visiting suddenly caught fire, which two (2) pieces of art or exhibits would you most want to see saved from the fire? (2) Why would you choose those two (2) particular pieces?

Attending a Performance

  • Check your local colleges to see if there are any free or low-cost performances or student recitals. Student performances are generally of almost the same quality as professional performances, but typically cost much less. However, performances of high school level or lower will not meet this requirement.
  • Try to do a quality performance that fits the class subject matter well. Sorry—but this is not for pop music or rock music, rap, country music, gospel music, comedy routines, your kid’s dance recital, your international friend’s wedding, high school plays, renaissance fairs, etc. Instead, think of college level or professional recitals, string quartets, symphony orchestras, opera, jazz, some stage dramas, etc.

  • Any questions about whether a performance activity fits the course and assignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for an activity. Any alternative activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability or distance, will be determined by the instructor. Normally, we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get to an approved activity.
  • Unlike visiting a museum, where you can wear almost anything, people attending performances are often expected to “dress up” a bit.
  • Take a pen or pencil with you and accept the program you are offered by the usher; you will probably want to take notes on it during or after the performance.
  • Turn off your cell phone before entering the auditorium. Do not use your phone to record the music or to take pictures or videos. To play it safe, turn the phone off.
  • Most long musical performances have at least one (1) intermission. If the lights start blinking, it is the sign that the performance is about to begin.
  • Look for very specific things (such as a particular piece of music or the way certain instruments sounded at a specific time) which tend to stand out as either enjoyable or not enjoyable. Be sure to take notes of the things which you find enjoyable as well as the things which are not enjoyable.

Note: If a student is unable to attend a cultural event in person due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, then the instructor will recommend an alternate event / activity for the student to “attend” online. The “virtual” event / activity is usually only for students who, due to their physical location, cannot possibly attend an event / activity in person; typically, these students are stationed overseas or have no means of transportation. Experience shows most museums and activities are modest in cost and manageable for students, and you will often see students from other universities there on similar course projects. If you are facing financial hardship, keep in mind that many museums have a free day each week and performance discounts are often available for students and veterans, among others. Feel free to ask your instructor to help with finding low-cost options. If you believe that you have a legitimate reason for attending a “virtual” activity, you must contact the instructor no later than Week 5 for your request to be considered.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the Additional Resources section of their Student Center within their course shell for reference)
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical context.
  • Examine the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
  • Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics

Written Assignments Final Research Paper

Where do historians get the information they use when writing about events from the past? There are two types of sources: primary and secondary. Primary sources, such as official records, letters (official and personal), diaries, newspaper articles, photos, posters, and cartoons are created at the time the events took place by people involved in them. Historians also get information from secondary sources—books, articles, and websites about topics in history.

One of the major assignments in this course is to write a research paper that uses both primary and secondary sources. The paper will be on a Cornell Annotated Bibliography topic of your choice from the materials we cover in class, but must be pre-approved by me.

In unvarnished terms, this is a research paper on the topic of your choice that will take the place of a final examination.  The topic MUST fall within the time period we are studying and MUST be approved by me beforehand.  It is to be 8-10 double spaced pages in length, font size 12, not counting title page, bibliography, end notes, etc.  It is preferred that you use Word and Times New Roman font.

This assignment is designed to allow students to demonstrate their mastery of both recent American history and the historical research and writing process.

The end of the paper should indicate what conclusion you have come to after having researched and written about the subject. It should also demonstrate how or why you have arrived at a particular conclusion.

The final paper for this course is designed to address the following subset of course objectives:

Critically read and research using traditional sources and information technology

identify, evaluate, and present, through effective writing, evidence found in primary and secondary sources

Begin this process by referring to the documents in Course Content titled “History Program Requirements” and “Writing Resources”. The latter will advise you as to the various forms of assistance provided by your research and writing activity. In addition to this information, the Effective Writing Center (EWC) offers free writing assistance for all students, faculty, and staff. The staff will review your essay and offer suggestions for improvement. You’ll need to provide a copy of your paper and the instructions for this exercise so the staff knows what you are expected to do. There is a link provided under Course Content, in the Webliography, and also on the library homepage —and here: http://www.umuc.edu/prog/ugp/ewp_writingcenter/wc_home.html

This final research paper project is divided into four stages, each of which is graded separately.

I. Working Analytical Thesis Statement

With the approval of their instructor, students will select a topic relevant to the course title and material.  Then the student will perform preliminary research and create a working thesis, with the understanding that it may be modified later in the research process.  The thesis statement should be a minimum of 200 words.  Here is a web site that will be of help to you.

Selecting a topic. Visit this Website, http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/ChooseTopic/ChooseTopic.html, for guidance on how to select a research topic.

Developing a thesis statement. This is the main idea or central theme that you are developing, and the body of the paper should be designed to support your thesis. Therefore, the thesis should be stated at the outset of the paper, in your introduction. For example, “Should Abraham Lincoln be regarded as ‘the Great Emancipator’?” Here you provide evidence in support of this idea, as well as information to the contrary. Then you would weigh the merits of one versus the other and draw a conclusion. In the conclusion, you could take sides or decline to do so by indicating that both viewpoints have merit and why you believe that to be the case.

II. Annotated Bibliography

Historians base their writing of history on a variety of sources, many of which fall under the label of documents. Primary documents include official records, letters, diaries, newspaper articles, photos, posters, cartoons, music, and visual art. Historians also utilize materials to write history from secondary sources, such as books, articles, and Web sites about historical topics.

Identifying primary and secondary sources. Primary sources would be the words and deeds of Lincoln himself, and those of his contemporaries—like Frederick Douglass—while secondary sources would be what have been written about Lincoln based upon primary sources. The foundation of the paper must be primary sources, with secondary sources being used to present and/or support the thesis based on the work of other scholars.

Students will write a multi-page annotated bibliography.  This assignment will list and describe a minimum of 12 primary and secondary sources, with specific requirements detailed below, that the student may use in his or her finished paper.  You may NOT use encyclopedias or the text books as sources.  AT LEAST HALF OF YOUR SOURCES SHOULD BE USED IN YOUR PAPER!  THIS IS MANDATORY TO GET A PASSING GRADE!

The annotated bibliography should involve a variety of primary and secondary sources, including two full-length books from reputable academic presses, two primary sources, and articles from at least two scholarly, academic journals; it should not include encyclopedias, dictionaries, or non-professional websites.  Each annotation should include a full, properly-formatted Chicago citation and one to two complete paragraphs explaining the basic argument the work makes and the type of evidence used to prove the thesis.  If it is not acceptable, you will be allowed to rewrite it.  Here are 3 web sites that will be of help to you.

Cornell

Purdue

Eastern 

III. Abstract

Students will compose an abstract of 2 full pages that sums up the main ideas and arguments he or she will be making in the final paper.  The abstract must be concise and well-structured, with sufficient detail to demonstrate that the thesis and arguments will be valid.  There should be listed sources and footnotes.

IV. Final Paper

The final paper should be 8-10 double-spaced pages in length, exclusive of title page and any end note and bibliography pages. It should be composed in Microsoft Word with one-inch margins on all sides, 10 or 12 pitch, Times New Roman font. Check the Course Schedule for the due date.

The finished paper will use both primary and secondary sources to demonstrate the plausibility of a clearly-stated, analytical thesis.  It will be carefully structured, composed, and proofread, with all required components included in the correct order.  Please use footnotes and not end notes in your citations.

Thesis Statement. Your paper will start with the thesis statement and introduction which should be a well-developed paragraph.

Body of the Paper. The finished paper will use both primary and secondary sources to increase the plausibility of the clearly stated, analytical thesis. It will be carefully structured, composed, and proofread, with all required components included in the correct order.   You need a minimum of 7 sources to be eligible for a grade of C; 10 sources to be eligible for an A.  Note the specific requirements for primary and secondary sources.

Conclusion. The end of the paper should indicate what conclusion you have come to after having researched and written about the subject. It should also demonstrate how or why you have arrived at a particular conclusion.

Bibliography. The works—both primary and secondary—that are used in your paper should all be listed in your bibliography.

Assignment 2: Middleville Regional Healthcare

Due Week 9 and worth 160 points

 

Middleville Regional Health Care is one (1) of three (3) hospitals serving a community of 350,000 people. Summary statistics on Middleville and its competitors, from the AHA Guide, are shown below in Table 1. All three organizations are not-for-profit.

 

Table 1: Middleville, Brierfield, and Greystone Health Care Systems

 

Name Beds Admissions Census OP Visits Births Expenses (000) Personnel
Middleville 575 13,000 350 221,000 2,300 $125,000 2,000
Brierfield 380 17,000 260 175,000 1,200 $130,000 1,875
Greystone 350 10,000 180 40,000 900 $80,000 1,200

 

The governing board of Middleville hired a consulting company to evaluate its strategic performance, specifically in the areas of Human Resources, Information Technology, Financing, and Marketing. As part of the consultant’s evaluation, several leaders of Middleville’s units were asked their perspective of the organization’s performance.

 

You are working for the consultant. Your job is to identify the issues from the response that should be considered further by the consultant team and possibly discussed with the governing board and the CEO. The firm has a rule, “Never offer a criticism or negative finding without suggesting how the client organization can correct it,” so you must indicate what sort of correction you would recommend as part of your list. Because you know there were about two (2) dozen other interviews, you decide you should rank your issues in importance, to make sure the most critical are discussed.

 

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain the governing board’s role in these strategic initiatives, determining its responsibility and involvement.
  2. Evidence-based management means that operational and strategic decisions are made based upon the evidence that goals and objectives are actually being met. Quantitative measurements must be identified and measured. This data is then used to evaluate the HCO’s performance. Name three (3) performances Middleville can use to measure its success in providing quality healthcare to the community, and identify quantifiable, measureable indicators that can be used to do so. Explain the importance of each performance measurement.
  3. Given the statistics of Middleville and its two (2) competitors provided in Table 1, recommend to the HCO what areas it should focus on to maintain its competitive market share as well as continue to provide healthcare to the community in the 21st century.
  4. Some of Middleville’s Board members are very interested in pursuing advanced technology systems over the next five (5) years, while others are concerned about the enormous expense and need assurance that the investment in technology will be worthwhile. In both monetary and process terms, describe the costs and benefits associated with implementing EMR and associated health data systems. Lay out a plan for how various systems can be implemented.
  5. Middleville has faced many challenges in recruiting and retaining nurses and other clinical employees. The economy has hit the area very hard and budgetary limitations have reduced the amount of money available for salary increases. The Board knows it needs to provide other benefits to their valued employees. Provide at least two (2) suggestions to Human Resources to promote employee satisfaction and, therefore, retain experienced personnel.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
  7. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
  1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
  2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
  3. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

 

  • Examine how healthcare management concepts and theories are applied to critical issues in healthcare organizations.
  • Analyze the critical management issues, purpose, functions, and performance measures of different departments within healthcare organizations.
  • Explain how public policy has shaped the development of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in health services organization management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about health services organization management using proper writing mechanics