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SW 205 Introduction to Social Work
Myers, Rhonda G.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

SW 205 Introduction to Social Work

Semester

U1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Myers, Rhonda G.

Title

Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Psychology
Master of Social Work

Office Location

Virtual Office

Office Hours

24-48 Hour Response to Virtual Office

Daytime Phone

512-284-1444 (Anytime)

E-Mail

rhonda.myers@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 7 - August 1, 2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Textbook is optional:
 

Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces.
Armando T. Morales, Bradford W. Sheafor, and Malcom E. Scott
12th edition. Pearson:Allyn and Bacon ISBN 0-205-47772-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
 

The NASW Code of ethics is a vital resource to your learning. I suggest you purchase or print a copy from the NASW website.

http://www.naswdc.org/

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Course Description:
SW205 Introduction to Social Work (MGE): This course introduces students to the profession of social work and provides an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work practice. The various settings for social work practice and the types of services provided by social workers are explored. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that knowledge opens our mind to ever widening horizons with each course that we take.  New knowledge gained and lively discussions with each other raises us from limited perspectives to greater understandings and perceptions of life.  Together we can make this class enjoyable and fun, while facilitating learning.  Feel free to contact me for any difficulties that may arise

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe a beginning understanding of concepts related to generalist practice.
  2. Identify in basic terms the origins, structure and characteristics of the American social welfare system.
  3. Articulate methods of helping, influencing and assisting people at micro, macro, and mezzo levels within a generalist framework.
  4. Exhibit foundation skills in effective verbal and non-verbal communication, including assertiveness, active listening, constructive feedback and advocacy.
  5. Describe a beginning awareness for ethical behavior and be familiar with the National Association of Social Work “Code of Ethics” and how these principles are applied.
  6. Describe the social work profession as it relates to mental health, health care, public education, public welfare, family & child welfare, corrections, business and industry.


Core Assessment:

·  Mid-term (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  Pop Quizzes (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  News Review (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  Web Site /Search (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  Reaction Paper  (LO 1,3,4)


·  Core Assessment: Position Paper:  (LO 1-6)


·  Career Development Pathway  (LO 1,4)


·  Final Exam (LO 1,2,3,5,6)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 Your learning in this course will be assessed via the following:

Email (0 points)

The first week of class you will be required to make sure you can use your Park email to send and reply to emails between you and me. Send me an email during the first week of class. No grades will be posted until your email is received. 

Student Introduction (1 posting = 15 points)

The first week of class you are required to "post" a Student Introduction using the Introduction link on the Course Home menu. This posting will us become more familiar with each other.

Introductions
Please share with us:

·         Your name and how you would like to be addressed.

·         Where you are [physically] located in the world.

·         Why you are in this class:

o        For example, some of you are here because you are social work students and this is a required class.

o        Others of you are here because you are taking this class as an elective. If this is the case please share your degree area.

·         A little about your online experience(s) to date (e.g. I have taken online classes in the past; I have used/seen online platforms such as eCollege, eCompanion, Blackboard, WebCT, VCampus, etc.)

·         A self-assessment of your technological abilities (e.g. I can hold my own; I am dangerous to myself and to others when it comes to computers, etc.)

·         Something [only if you feel comfortable about it] that will allow us to get to know you such as family, hobbies, interests, etc.

Evaluation:

Student Introduction Rubric:

Excellent
(14-15 pts)

Response is clearly written; strong style with less than 4 grammatical errors.

Provides all the requested information.

Meets Expectations
(11-13 pts)

Response is adequately written with less than 7 grammatical errors.

Provides all the requested information.

Below Expectations
(9-10 pts)

Response is below requirements; has less than 9 grammatical errors.

Provides slightly less information than requested.

Unacceptable
(0-8 pts)

Response does not provide majority of requested information; has more than 9 grammatical errors.

Weekly Reading/Lecture (0 points)

Materials for exams will come from weekly readings and discussions. It is critical that you read the lectures, additional reading materials and links in order to prepare for weekly discussion questions, reviews, assignments and exam.

Weekly Discussions (16 postings {2 each week x 8 weeks} x 5 each pts = 80)

A minimum of two postings are expected every week. These include:

1. Choose one of the three listed question sets to answer. In your response identify the question you are answering (for example: Q1, Q2, Q3).

Participation is demonstrated through discussion. Answer all components of the question set. Provide specific examples to demonstrate your understanding. You must mention your readings in your posts. Remember, if you are using any material that is not your own, you MUST cite the work. This does not have to be a formal citation. You may provide a web link at the end of your answer OR merely report the source within your answer (for example: the book states; the lecture mentioned or per NASW Code of Ethics, etc…).

Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of thought, ideas supported by facts, logical arguments or research. Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and contribute to further thought or reflection. The instructor will provide responses individually and/or to the class as a whole.

1. Respond to another student’s answer to a question set.

This peer review should be more than a one-statement, short answer. Provide constructive feedback and follow the guidelines listed above.

Evaluation:

Weekly Discussion Rubric:

Excellent
(10 pts)

The postings exceed discussion and critique requirements. Although two postings are required, the student may post multiple entries. Each posting is more than 100 words in length and offers insight and thoughtful analysis; they do not simply summarize. They contain no errors.

Above Average
(8-9 pts)

The postings slightly exceed discussion and critique requirements. The postings are 100 words in length and offers insight and thoughtful analysis of a reading. They contain few errors.

Meets Expectations
(7 pts)

The postings meet discussion and critique requirements. They are 75 words in length and offer a response with some analysis. They may contain multiple minor errors.

Below Requirements
(6 pts)

The postings are slightly below critique requirements. They are less than 75 words in length and offer little analysis and/or contains multiple errors.

Lacking Effort
(4-5 pts)

The postings fall considerably short of critique requirements. They are less than 75 words and offer little other than a summary of a reading and/or contain multiple major grammatical and/or sentence structure errors. Only one posting listed.

Unacceptable
(0-3 pts)

Postings do not meet minimal expectations and contain multiple major grammatical and/or sentence structure errors.

Weekly E-Journals (16 postings {2 each week x 8 weeks} x 5 each pts = 80)


A minimum of two postings are required every week. These include:

1. Your "E-Journal" entry

Describe, in detail, and then reflect on a behavior or observation related to social work that you either directly or indirectly experienced during the week. Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of thought. Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and contribute to further thought or reflection.

2. A peer review (responding to another peer’s "e-journal" entry)

This peer review should be more than a one-statement answer. Provide constructive feedback/reflection and follow the guidelines listed above.

Evaluation:

Weekly E-Journal Rubric:

Excellent
(10 pts)

The postings exceed discussion and critique requirements. Although two postings are required, the student may post multiple entries. Each posting is more than 100 words in length and offers insight and thoughtful analysis; they do not simply summarize. They contain no errors.

Above Average
(8-9 pts)

The postings slightly exceed discussion and critique requirements. The postings are 100 words in length and offers insight and thoughtful analysis of a reading. They contain few errors.

Meets Expectations
(7 pts)

The postings meet discussion and critique requirements. They are 75 words in length and offer a response with some analysis. They may contain multiple minor errors.

Below Requirements
(6 pts)

The postings are slightly below critique requirements. They are less than 75 words in length and offer little analysis and/or contains multiple errors.

Lacking Effort
(4-5 pts)

The postings fall considerably short of critique requirements. They are less than 75 words and offer little other than a summary of a reading and/or contain multiple major grammatical and/or sentence structure errors. Only one posting listed.

Unacceptable
(0-3 pts)

Postings do not meet minimal expectations and contain multiple major grammatical and/or sentence structure errors.

Weekly Reviews (7 postings x 5 = 35 points)

Weeks 2-8 will begin with a “Week Review” summation of the previous week. Week 2 will begin with a “Week 1 Review” and so on ending in Week 8 with Week 7 Review. You are required to respond to this summation post. This review is important in making sure that all the key concepts from the previous week were fully developed and understood.

Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of thought, ideas supported by facts, logical arguments and/or research. Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and contribute to further thought or reflection.

Evaluation:

Weekly Review Rubric:

Excellent
(10 pts)

The posting exceeds discussion and critique requirements. Although a single posting is required, the student may post multiple entries. Each posting is more than 100 words in length and offers insight and thoughtful analysis; they do not simply summarize. They contain no errors.

Above Average
(8-9 pts)

The posting slightly exceeds discussion and critique requirements. The posting is 100 words in length and offers insight and thoughtful analysis of a reading. It contains few errors.

Meets Expectations
(7 pts)

The posting meets discussion and critique requirements. It is 75 words in length and offers a response with some analysis. It may contain multiple minor errors.

Below Requirements
(6 pts)

The posting is slightly below critique requirements. It is less than 75 words in length and offers little analysis and/or contains multiple errors.

Lacking Effort
(4-5 pts)

The posting falls considerably short of critique requirements. It is less than 75 words and offers little other than a summary of a reading and/or contains multiple major grammatical and/or sentence structure errors.

Unacceptable
(0-3 pts)

Posting does not meet minimal expectations and contains multiple major grammatical and/or sentence structure errors.

Interview with a professional Social Worker (paper 125 points)-Due Week 4

Assignment: Interview with a Social Worker & Paper

I. Interview – you will interview a professional Social Worker. This is someone who meets the following requirements: is currently working in the Social Work field; has their Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) or Masters in Social Work (MSW); is licensed as a Social Worker.

The following are some questions to help guide your interview. Please feel free to add your own, additional questions, to your conversation:

·         What is your current job role/title/position? How long have you been in this position?

·         Can you share why you chose Social Work as a career? When did you decide to become a Social Worker?

·         Do you have a BSW or MSW? If you don’t have an MSW, do you plan to go back to acquire it? If you do have an MSW, why did you decide to complete this level of education?

·         What do you wish you had learned more about in school?

·         What are the aspects of Social Work you like the most?

·         What are the aspects of Social Work that are most challenging for you?

·         Can you describe an ethical dilemma you experienced and how you resolved it?

·         Have you heard of the Strengths-Perspective in Social Work? If so do you utilize it in your work? Can you give examples of how you use the Strengths Perspective?

·         What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning her or his career in Social Work?

II. Paper - Write a summary of your reaction and impressions of the interview. You do not have to include or attach the actual interview.

Evaluation:

Interview with a Social Worker – Paper Rubric:

Exceeds Expectations
(114-125 pts)

  • Extremely well developed, using clear, applicable and detailed examples.
  • APA citation format requirements have fewer than 4 errors.
  • 5-7 pages; double-spaced; 1-inch margins; 12-point font

Meets Expectations
(88-113 pts)

  • Is sufficiently developed using adequate examples
  • APA citation format requirements have fewer than 6 errors.
  • 5-7 pages; double-spaced; 1-inch margins; 12-point font

Below Expectations
(75-87 pts)

  • Is underdeveloped and contains insufficient examples that are unclear
  • APA citation format have more than 6 errors.
  • 3-4 pages; below expected formatting standards

Unacceptable
(0-74 pts)

  • Fails to successfully address multicultural issues
  • Lacks development and poor use of examples.
  • 2 or fewer pages; correct formatting not used
  • Failure to use APA style correctly; contains incorrect quotations.

 Person-Centered Strengths Assessment & Personal Wellness Plan (125 points) - Due Week 2

Strengths Assessment & Personal Wellness Plan Directions:

·         Please download each document from doc sharing tab (outlines are also found under Week 2 but can not be downloaded from this area)

·         Complete these on yourself

·         Type your answers onto the documents and save when completed

·         Drop each completed documents/assignments into the appropriate drop box basket

Evaluation:

Person-Centered Strengths Assessment & Personal Wellness Plan Rubric:

Exceeds Expectations
(114-125 pts)

  • Responses are clearly written; strong style with less than 4 grammatical errors.
  • Provides all the requested information.

Meets Expectations
(88-113 pts)

  • Response is adequately written with less than 7 grammatical errors.
  • Provides all the requested information.

Below Expectations
(75-87 pts)

  • Response is below requirements; has less than 9 grammatical errors.
  • Provides slightly less information than requested.

Unacceptable
(0-74 pts)

  • Response does not provide majority of requested information; has more than 9 grammatical errors.

Core Assessment:  Service Learning Project (290 points) - Service Letter of Attendance due by Week 5 Sunday; Paper due Week 7 by Friday.

Core Assessment Assignment: Service Learning Project

I. Service Learning Experience (40 pts)Students are expected to contact the volunteer coordinator at a local social service agency, set up an appointment for an interview, and complete at least five hours of face to face contact with an individual or family that is currently receiving assistance.

Student is required to have the agency representative email (on agency letterhead) a Service Letter of Attendance to the online instructor detailing the assigned role/experience and number of hours completed. The Service Letter of Attendance verifies your experience and is 40 points.

Please see more details on this project listed in the document labeled Service Learning Project, found under doc sharing.

II. Paper (250 pts) - Write a summary of your reaction and impressions of the Service Learning experience, include the following aspects of your experience.

Guidelines for Service Learning Reflection Paper

Introduction

Body

·         Reflect on why you chose your particular service learning agency/population.

o        If your choice was merely based on availability and convenience, reflect on why you did not gain an experience with a population that you thought you might enjoy or one that you believed would challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.

·         Reflect on your experience as you became oriented to and familiar with the agency, program policies and procedures.

o        What were you thinking at this point? What were you feeling?

·         Describe the person/people you were assigned to work with. I want you to write in a manner that gives the reader a detailed, rich visual picture not only of the person but of the context where you met (the surroundings).

o        Each of the meetings that you had … how did the meeting begin? What did you talk about? Impressions you had? What do you think they were thinking about you? Describe the process of the meeting, in some detail . . . things you said, things they shared, etc. Reflect on how you were feeling in the beginning of the meetings and any changes that you became aware of during or after the meeting. Describe all the ways you hopefully were helpful to the person. How were they helpful to you? Reflect on your last meeting.

·         Summarize your experience.

·         Identify any of the social work functions and/or concepts/values that you utilized and give examples from your interaction. Was your experience positive or negative? Explain in some detail why you feel this way. What did you learn about yourself? Did the experience serve to dispel or have you re-consider certain biases or stereotypes you may have held? What personal beliefs were affirmed through this experience? What did you learn about social work? Are there other aspects of this experience that you found meaningful that you have not yet addressed?

Closing Paragraph

Evaluation:

Service Learning Project - Reflection Paper Rubric:

Exceeds Expectations
(225-250 pts)

  • Clearly understands and articulates the impact of the target issue on society as a whole.
  • Compares and contrasts cultural issues relative to the target issue.
  • Extremely well developed, using clear, applicable and detailed examples.
  • Quotations conform to APA format requirements with fewer than 4 errors.
  • Body of paper is 7-10 pages with meaningful content. Title and Work Cited pages are additional.
  • Is double-spaced; has 1-inch margins; has 12-point font

Meets Expectations
(175-224 pts)

  • Demonstrates an understanding that the target issue may have a broad impact
  • Demonstrates an understanding that there may be cultural differences relative to topic
  • Is sufficiently developed using adequate examples
  • Quotations conform to APA format requirements with no more than 4-6 errors.
  • Body of paper is 7-10 pages with meaningful content. Title and Work Cited pages are additional.
  • Is double-spaced; has 1-inch margins; has 12-point font

Below Expectations
(150-174 pts)

  • Conclusions are only peripherally related to the impact of the target issue
  • Evidence of only minimal understanding of multicultural issues
  • Is underdeveloped and contains insufficient examples that are not clear
  • Body of paper is less than 7 pages or missing title and/or reference pages
  • APA style is utilized, but there are 7 or more errors

Unacceptable
(0-149 pts)

  • Fails to successfully address multicultural issues
  • Lacks development and poor use of examples.
  • Body of paper is 4 or fewer pages
  • Failure to use APA style correctly or at all. It contains no or incorrect quotations.
  • Correct formatting is not used

Exam proctored COMPREHENSIVE Exam (1 exam - 270) - Due Week 8

The exam will be a comprehensive, proctored exam. It will consist of multiple choice, true/false, short answer and essay questions.

The exam will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the exam. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Other Information on proctored exams:

·         It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, which is accepted and approved by the course instructor.

·         Approval of proctors is the discretion of the online instructor.

·         A proctor request form will be made available to you online during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.

·         Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Evaluation:

Exam Rubric:

Exceeds Expectations
245-270 points 

Responses to short answer and essay questions are clearly written; strong style with minimal grammatical errors.

Meets Expectations
195-244 points

Responses to short answer and essay questions are adequately written with minimal grammatical errors.

Below Expectations
170-194 points

Responses to short answer and essay questions are below requirements; has less multiple grammatical errors.

Unacceptable
0-169 points

Responses to short answer and essay questions do not provide majority of requested information; has major grammatical errors.

Grading:


It is very important to me that you understand the criteria for grading and that you perceive this process as fair and reasonable. I do not “give” grades... students earn grades through their work and performance. Turn around time for all discussion will be 24-48 hours. Papers will be 3-5 days from the date they are due.

The final course grade will be based on journal entries, discussions, writing assignments, and the final exam as follows:

Student Introduction

15

Weekly Reviews

(7 x 5) 35

Weekly Discussions

(16 x 5) 80

Weekly “E-Journals”

(16 x 5) 80

Interview with a Social Worker - Assignment

125

Person-Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan

125

Service Learning Project

290

Final Exam

270

Total Points

1020

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100% = 918-1020
B = 80-89% = 816-917
C = 70-79% = 714-815
D = 60-69% = 612-713
F = 0-59% = 0-599 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 
All assignments will be due on the dates listed in your e-College weekly course schedule. You are expected to organize and manage your time so that you are able to meet the expectations of this class. No assignment will be accepted after the due date unless there are extenuating circumstances that you have discussed with the instructor. It is the STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the instructor to discuss the situation and seek approval for submission of late work.  If the instructor agrees to accept the late work, up to 1/2 the grade will be deducted.  Assignments not submitted on the due date or without approval from the instructor, will receive a grade of "zero."

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

This class is one that the subject matter can be sensitive at times.  It is important that student's respect the opinions of others and that the online class environment is a safe place for open discussion. It is only through safe expression of thoughts and ideas that learning occurs. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Week One:  
This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

What is Social Work?
The Seven Core Functions of Generalist Social Work
The ‘Strengths Perspective’ in Social Work Practice
Social Welfare: Human Dignity

Assignments Due

  • Email confirmation
  • Student Introduction
  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal


Week Two:  
This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

The History of Social Work as a Profession
Social Work as a Profession: Purpose; Sanction; Values; Knowledge; Skills/Method
The Purpose of Social Work in Society
What is the purpose of a participant assessment and plan?

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal
  • Week One Review
  • Person-Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan

Week Three:  
This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

Professional autonomy, authority and responsibility
Sanction: Levels of Social Work Practice and Certification
The Many Fields of Social Work Practice

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal
  • Week Two Review

Week Four:  

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

Core values that guide and direct Social Work practice
Ethical considerations in Social Work practice
United States society’s values
NASW Code of Ethics

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal
  • Week Three Review
  • Interview with a Professional Social Worker

Week Five:  

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

Competencies required for Generalist Social Work Practice
Interpersonal Helping Competencies
Professional Competence Development

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal
  • Week Four Review   
  • Core Assessment:  Service Attendance Letter due

Week Six:  

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

The Eco-Systems Theory and applications in social work
Dual focus on Person and the Environment
Social Work practice with vulnerable populations
Family, Group and Community Practice Considerations

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal
  • Week Five Review

Week Seven:  

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

Spirituality in a Secular profession
Historical context of spirituality in human services
Religion, Spirituality and Cultural Competency
Spirituality, Faith and Social Justice in Social Work practice

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal  
  • Week Six Review
  • Core Assessment: Service Learning Project

Week Eight:  

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the following concepts:

Social Work in Action: current trends
Emerging Issues in Social Work Practice
Addressing Community Needs: Indirect and Prevention Tasks
Mobilizing agencies and staff

Assignments Due: 

  • Discussion Questions
  • E-Journal
  • Week Seven Review
  • Proctored Final Exam

 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
(3) 85-100
 
(2) 70-84 (1) 60-69 (0) Below 60 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Critically assesses the two points of views on the selected topic and relates the views to either current practice or conventional thinking Examine 2 points of view on a topic relative to the practice of social work Examines 1 point of view on topic relative to the practice of Social Work No evidence of thorough review of research 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Goes beyond the minimal requirements and examines 4 or more research articles Identifies and incorporates at least 2 research articles that are appropriate and relevant to the target issue Identifies and incorporates only 1 research article that is relevant to the target issue Research article is only minimally or tangentially relevant 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Is able to develop a novel insight into the relevance and interpretation of the theoretical information Compares and contrasts the information in a fair and objective manner and justifies position Comparison or contrasts are poorly thought through or evidence of personal bias exists Fails to provide meaningful comparison 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Supports position with multiple sources of information or experiences. Summarizes conclusions into a well founded report validating conclusions and/or position Is unable to support conclusions Fails to draw conclusions based on the research 
Content                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Body of paper is 7-10 pages with meaningful content Body of paper is 5-7 double spaced pages, 1-inch margins in 12-point font.  Tiles and reference pages are additional
Prepares a 3-5 minute individual class presentation on topic, methods, and conclusions
 
Body of paper is less than 5 pages or missing title and/or reference pages Body of paper is 3 or fewer pages 
Technical Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
APA style is used throughout the paper with fewer than 3 errors APA style is used with no more than 4-6 errors APA style is utilized, but there are 7 or more errors Failure to use APA style 
1st Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Liberal Arts Systems                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Clearly understands and articulates the impact of the target issue on society as a whole. Demonstrates an understanding that the target issue may have a broad impact Conclusions are only peripherally related to the impact of the target issue  
2nd Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Multicultural                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Compares and contrasts cultural issues relative to the target issue. Demonstrates an understanding that there may be cultural differences relative to topic Evidence of only minimal understanding of multicultural issues Fails to successfully address multicultural issues 

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