Final papers will be graded according to the following grading scheme or rubric. An “A” paper (90 and above) is a professional, clearly written, well-constructed paper, free from grammatical errors or type-os with at least two journal citations or valid references used in the paper. A “B” (80 -89) paper is missing one of the elements above and there are some grammar and/or clarity issues. A C paper had weak writing mechanics and grammar, with little research. “D” papers are poorly written with many errors and misspellings, weak paper structure and little content.
Students will identify one key piece of the legislation that is currently making its way through a state legislative process in California as well as many other states, but that has not yet passed or been enacted. California, as well as many other states maintains websites that follow proposed bills throughout the legislative process. You are to locate one bill during the 2017-2018 year.
Students should select a bill that has been proposed in response to a perceived public health problem and write an page paper (1 borders, 12 pt font) which includes the following:
DIRECTIONS & GRADING OF FINAL PAPERS:
Overview of the health problem: An overview of the public health problem to be addressed. Discuss the severity of the problem and number of people affected by it and by the proposed bill. (20 points)
Severity of the health problem: Discuss the research & the background in relation to the health problem. Is there consensus among researchers regarding its severity and how to best deal with it? What would realistically happen if no intervention was implemented. Please make sure to cite all references to support the stated statistics and data. (10 points)
Overview of the bill and Stakeholders: An overview of the proposed bill in terms of its specific provisions. Do not just discuss what the promoters promise that it will accomplish. Make sure to read the fine print and see exactly what the bill will do. Describe who the stakeholders are that are affected in any way by this bill. (10 points)
Promises/Expected Outcomes: Who are the promoters of the bill? Describe what the promoters of the bill believe that the bill will accomplish. Make sure to discuss what specific health outcomes the promoters say will occur if the bill is passed. (10 points)
Unintended Consequences: Describe what unintended consequence(s) could arise resulting from passage of this bill. In this section you should discuss unanticipated outcomes or results that could have a negative impact (go wrong) if the bill was passed. (20 points)
Recommendation: What is your recommendation regarding this bill. Make sure to support your opinion with facts and with reference to class readings & other references. (20 points)
Grammar, referencing, format: Adherence to required grammar and spelling. You must follow the referencing format of APA. (10 points)
In addition please make sure to follow these guidelines in writing your paper:
Your paper should conform to APA style (if you are unfamiliar with APA consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which is available in the bookstore or library, or consult one of the many online APA reference guides available on the internet). http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html
Please make sure to carefully proofread your paper for spelling and grammatical errors prior to submission. If spelling and grammar are not your strongest skill, seek help at the CSUN Writing Center (http://www.csun.edu/~hflrc006/). Keep in mind that if I am unable to understand what you are trying to communicate, I cannot award points for the various categories, above.