In module two students are charged with exploring the University Library Databases to seek out a peer-reviewed academic journal article that addresses an ethical case study of the student’s choice relating to public administration and / or public policy. The student will introduce the topic to the professor and student colleagues in a robust discussion board post briefing the professor, and the class, on the ethical considerations inherent within the student selected case study topic.
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Case Study Discussion Board Forum Instructions
Students will take part in 4 Discussion Board Forums in which you will conduct a case study of an observed study in a public administration context. The analysis will be based upon the concepts you learned and discussed in the previous module’s essay assignment, writing 750-800 words in the initial thread. For the case study, students are welcome to cite a scholarly source, but if they do, it must not be merely a theoretical/philosophical discussion. Instead, whatever source is used for the actual case study must focus on a real-world public administration situation that is being discussed and analyzed in the chosen article. Students will in turn apply concepts discussed in the previous module/week’s essay to analyze the situation, in addition to the required reading and presentations from the current module/week. Remember: it will be important to do both!
· 750-800 words
· Ideas and citations from all the required reading and presentations from the Module/Week
· Ideas and citations from two scholarly sources
· Case study of a real public administration situation related to the concepts discussed in the prior week.
In this course, Discussion Board Forums play an exceptionally important role. Consider these threads and replies to be formal communications on the same level as those you would conduct with employers, clients, or colleagues in the professional, political, or academic world. As such, they must be free of grammatical errors, must be properly formatted in current APA style, and must consist of well-reasoned, contemplative, and substantive posts and replies, rather than mere ipse dixit. These threads and replies must be adequately supported by citations of the sources or support for your ideas as well as any quoted materials.
Open, courteous discussion will yield the greatest opportunities for growth in this class. Both responding to other students and responding to the instructor will count as 1 reply post. Remember that the art of communication is in many ways the lifeblood of effective political leadership. Everything you write—every paper, post, and email—creates or reinforces an impression of you. Begin to cultivate the communication skills of the statesman and stateswoman—the ability to logically and persuasively speak the truth with compassion and respect. Each response post must include new research and analysis, and must build upon the ideas communicated in the original post. Thus, they must go beyond merely restating and affirming what a classmate has said and instead bring in more depth, research and analysis.
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Case Study Discussion Board Forum Grading Rubric
|Criteria||Levels of Achievement|
|Thread: Content||14 to 15 pointsMeaningful and relevant case study is chosen for detailed analysis, study and application.Concepts from the previous essay, required reading, etc. are applied in a meaningful and thorough way.Major points are stated clearly and effectively. Clear, logical flow to post; stayed on topic.||12.75 to 13.75 pointsMeaningful and relevant case study is chosen for adequate analysis, study and application.Concepts from the previous essay, required reading, etc. are adequately applied. Major points are stated clearly and effectively for the most part. Clear, logical and focused for the most part.||1 to 12.5 pointsCase study is unfocused and/or:Concepts from previous essay, past and current reading and research are not applied in key areas. Lack of clarity, coherence, logic and focus in key areas.||0 pointsNot present|
|Thread: Research Engagement||11.5 to 12.5 pointsIdeas from all the required reading and presentations from the Module/Week and 2 scholarly sources are integrated. Relates topic to Scripture/biblical principles where appropriate.||10.5 to 11.25 pointsIdeas from most the required reading and presentations from the Module/Week and 2 scholarly sources are integrated. Scripture/biblical principles are included but unfocused at times.||1 to 10.25 pointsIdeas from few of the required reading and presentations from the Module/Week and 2 scholarly sources are integrated.Missing Biblical integration.||0 pointsNot present|
|Reply: Content||14 to 15 pointsAt least 3 unique interaction posts with classmates. One reply posted to each of 3 classmates’ threads.Moves the conversation forward with new ideas, research, and analysis. Student’s response delivered in a thorough, thoughtful, and analytical manner with the student’s position clearly evident.||12.75 to 13.75 pointsAt least 3 unique interaction posts with classmates. One reply posted to each of 3 classmates’ threads.New ideas, research, and analysis are not always included. Some commentary is repetitive from one reply to the next. At times, reply posts do not seem to actually build upon classmate’s post.||1 to 12.5 pointsMissing one or more reply posts.Reply posts are redundant. Little in the way of new ideas, research, and analysis are not always included.||0 pointsNot present|
|Reply: Research Engagement||9.25 to 10 pointsRelates topic to Scripture/biblical principles where appropriate.Contains abundant citations from required reading, presentations, and 2 scholarly sources.||8.5 to 9 pointsScripture/biblical principles are included but unfocused at times.Contains some citations from reading, presentations, and scholarly sources.||1 to 8.25 pointsMissing Biblical integration. Limited citations from the required reading and presentations.||0 pointsNot present|
|Structure (30%)||Advanced92-100%||Proficient84-91%||Developing1-83%||Not present||Total|
|Grammar, Spelling & APA||14 to 15 pointsMinimal to no errors in grammar, spelling, or APA.||12.75 to 13.75 pointsSome errors in grammar, spelling, or APA.||1 to 12.5 pointsNumerous errors in grammar, spelling, or APA.||0 pointsNot present|
|Word Count||7.25 to 7.5 pointsAppropriate word count:750-800 words for thread; 200–250 words per reply.||6.75 to 7 points100 words more or less than the required length.||1 to 6.5 pointsOver 100 words more or less than the required length.||0 pointsNot present|
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