The Ethical Considerations of Football Concussions
The formal paper assignment is worth 35% of your final grade in this class. There are six parts to this developmental writing assignment. A developmental writing assignment means that there are multiple graded parts of the assignment. Breaking down such a large assignment into many component parts helps students by providing more instances of feedback throughout the semester. The six parts of the assignments are described below.
A. First, you must propose your topic. The formal paper must be a focused healthcare ethics topic that can be adequately addressed in a double-spaced 6-8 page paper. It cannot be a topic that has already been approved for another student. Topics must undergo an approval process before you begin your work. Approval is done on a first-come, first-approved basis. Please submit your topic request via the link provided. To save time you may want to list several topic options. The deadline for getting your topic approved is the Friday of Week 3. Gaining approval before the deadline is worth 20 points.
Here are some tips for choosing a topic:
1. A topic must be focused enough to be adequately addressed in a 6-8 page which is double-spaced.
2. Here is an example of a topic that is much too broad to be adequately addressed in a paper of this length: The Ethical Considerations of Football Concussions. Entire books are written on this topic. A more focused topic is required. For example, a topic like The Impact of Baseline Concussion Testing on the Ethics of Youth Football Participation would be much more appropriate.
B. The second part of this assignment is completing the Formal Paper Quiz. This quiz is due on Friday of Week 4. The quiz will focus on the formal paper’s instructions. This quiz is worth 10 points.
C. The third part of the assignment is identifying the stakeholders and health care provider groups that will be presented in the third and fourth parts of the Formal Papers. Completing this part of the assignment is worth 50 points. This assignment is due on the Friday of Week 6.
D. The fourth part of the assignment is submitting an annotated bibliography consisting of at least ten peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to your approved topic. This assignment is due on the Monday of Week 9. Each article should have a properly constructed reference (either in APA or AMA format – pick one and use it throughout the assignment). Following each reference, you should write a 1-2 paragraph annotation that includes an original synopsis of the article’s purpose, conclusions, salient points, and relevance to the Formal Paper assignment in a paragraph. Regarding relevance to the Formal Paper assignment, connections should be drawn to important constructs of the assignment. These constructs include ethics, healthcare, autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance, justice, stakeholders, and healthcare professional groups. Original writing means that the annotation is paraphrased and written in your own words. This must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. The annotated bibliography is worth 100 points.
the ISU Writing Center
F. The fifth part of the assignment is completing a peer-review of two other student’s papers. Completing the peer reviews is worth 50 points. A peer-review draft (approved topics only) of your paper is due no later than Monday of Week 10. Your reviews of the other student’s papers are due by Monday of Week 11. This should not be a rough draft; rather the expectation is that you have edited this paper heavily and refined it with the assistance of the ISU Writing Center.
G. The sixth part of this assignment is submitting a final copy of your formal paper (approved topics only). The deadline for submitting this assignment is the Friday of Week 14. The final copy is worth 120 points.
Please note that this paper requires comprehensive and objective considerations of the approved topic. Be sure to propose a topic that clearly articulates an objective intent.