Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.
- Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
- Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
- Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
- Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
- Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
- Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
- All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
- Forum Grading Rubric
An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to forum being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.
Weekly Written Assignments
Following the Project Overview document available in the Assignment section of the online classroom, each week students will write an essay ranging 400-600 words in length utilizing APA format and at least 2 scholarly references. The weekly essay topics are included in the Project Overview document. Weekly essays will be evaluated utilizing the Essay Rubric, also available in the Assignment section of the online classroom.
Colins (2005) proposed an eight-step process, widely used for health policy analysis. The course project will employ the Colins (2005) eight-step process or tool, accomplishing one step per each of the eight weeks of the course. Although the Colins process is designed with national policy analysis in mind, for the purposes of this course, the Colins tool will be applied at the state level. Each student will choose an issue within their own state and complete the eight-step process utilizing information about their own state. International students will complete the process utilizing an issue and information from the current country [or state, providence, etc.] of residence.
Collins, T. (2005). Health policy analysis: A simple tool for policy makers. Public Health, 119, 192-196.