HCA 542 Human Resources Management
Research Project Guidelines and Grading Criteria
Purpose: The objective of this assignment is to allow the student an opportunity to learn more about challenges faced by human resources within healthcare organizations.
The following items MUST be included in the paper . Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in grade reduction.
1. Title page
2. Abstract page (begins on page 2): This is a brief summary of your paper. It should include the same elements as in the paper: Introduction, Background, Literature Review, Findings, and Conclusion. Your abstract should be no more than 250 words.
3. Introduction (begins on page 3): In this section, you will introduce the topic. This is where you need to capture the audience’s attention. Why is this topic important, and why should the reader be interested?
4. Background: Provide background on the issue or challenge
The Background section should include:
· If your topic is about a health care related law, act, or policy you need to describe its purpose, when it was enacted, how it is enforced, and the events leading up to its development/implementation.
· If you focus on an issue not related to a law or policy, please use appropriate statistics and data to present your issue/challenge.
5. Literature Review and Methodology: The narrative should be comparative (compare and contrast what different researchers and writers have to say). You also need to identify any gaps in the literature. Please be able to adequately describe the selected issue or challenge and how it affects human resources within a healthcare organization.
Please keep these tips in mind when constructing the review:
· Group research studies and other types of literature (reviews, theoretical articles, case studies, etc.) according to common denominators such as qualitative versus quantitative approaches, conclusions of authors, specific purpose or objective, chronology, etc.
· Summarize individual studies or articles with as much or as little detail as each merit according to its comparative importance in the literature, remembering that space (length) denotes significance.
· Describe how you gathered your information (literature review, interviews, secondary data, reports, etc.)
6. Major Findings and/or Recommendations: Please describe the major findings and any appropriate recommendations to address the overall issue/challenge. If applicable, also detail ways in which the recommendations can be implemented.
7. Conclusion: For this section you will summarize your major findings. Evaluate the literature, focusing on major methodological flaws or gaps in research, inconsistencies in theory and findings, and areas or issues applicable to future studies.
8. References page: This is the last page of your document. All items in APA format.
Your paper must be a minimum of 4 pages and maximum of 5 pages (excluding title page, Abstract page and References page), double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, with one-inch margins. All citations must be in APA format, with a minimum of 5 references.
Acceptable references include: peer reviewed articles, reports, data and statistics (from NIH, CDC, WHO, or similar sites), book chapters, and appropriate websites (.org, .gov, .edu). All articles or PDF documents must be found in full format on Google Scholar or WKU libraries. No blogs!
Draft: 20 points, Final Paper: 80 points
The final copy must have a title page, including page numbers in the top right hand corner, subheadings, and a References page. Papers turned in without these elements will result in a grade reduction.