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Technology Application Paper,  Part B:  Solution Design

Description

Students will prepare a paper describing (1) options that build on the capacities and address the needs in the analysis paper, (2) recommendations on how to proceed, and (3) issues that will need to be addressed. A form for developing a draft Part B, solution paper is available.  The grading checklist is below  along with a modified checklist if submitting as a web site

  1. A cover page (not counted in the page total)
  2. A table of contents (not counted in the page total)
  3. A one page executive summary  (condenses the total report into one page for mass distribution or for those will little time to read the whole report.  I suggest writing the executive summary last.)
  4. An introduction (introduces the problem/situation and states what the report will cover)
  5. A description of the problem/situation addressed, e.g., problem definition, review of relevant literature 
  6. An analysis (relevant parts of the revised analysis paper to include your list of needs and capacities) 
  7. A review of evidence on how others have addressed/solved the same problem/situation
  8. A description of options for your problem/situation that build on the strengths and address the needs.  The options can be technology and non-technology based.
  9. The advantages and disadvantages of each option.
  10. More details or examples of the preferred option if one exists, e.g., screen shots of the web or software
  11. Recommendations on how to proceed (this section will lay out a strategy on how to go forward technologically and politically)
  12. A logic model for the recommended option beginning with problem/situation.  (see SOCW 6371 for a refresher description and example)
  13. How to know if your intervention is successful, e.g., following guidelines for success (text, p. 355), contains self correcting mechanisms, and includes an evaluation strategy.  
  14. Any issues that will need to be addressed when working towards your solution.  Where implementation is an important factor in the decision/situation solution, it should be addressed.   For example, it may be appropriate to spell out the individual and agency preparation needed for the recommended technology changes.
  15. A conclusion
  16. A list of supporting reference in APA format
  17. Appendices to include your presentation, detailed survey results, PowerPoint, Web pages, handouts, etc.

The paper or web site URL will be posted on the student's WWW page or submitted before the final class. A mock-up web site application is available to illustrate what a web site might look like.  Typically, the paper includes: The paper will be 10-15 pages (excluding tables,  figures, appendices, or screens) single-spaced but nicely formatted, and no smaller than 10 point print with 1-inch margins. It is recommended that the summary of your analysis paper (part A) be approximately 5 pages.  Students working in groups should submit approximately 10-15 pages per group member along with the group contribution form. Grading criteria for the paper is below.

Grading Criteria--Final Decision Support Application Paper

Writing Max Points Your Points
One page executive summary captures the essence of the total report (if applicable) and process used to develop it 5  
Well written with overall and section introductions and conclusions 5  
Aimed towards its audience, e.g., executive summary, appendices, charts and graphs, etc. 5  
Neatly presented e.g., (1) cover page contains the title, authors, intended audience/recipient, date, etc., in a pleasant format; (2) key information in body/supporting information in appendices that are referenced in the text;  (3) well organized, table of contents provides outline of report, sections clearly identified, etc., 5  
Grammar checker and speller obviously used 5  
Cover Page, table of contents and Introduction 0 0
Introductory section states what the report will and will not contain 5  
Clearly identified the stakeholders, agency, geographic location, setting, and environment of the proposed solution, (if applicable). 5  
Presents the condition, problem, or situation the paper addresses 5  
Assessment or systems analysis of the situation/decision 0 0
Reviews current literature on the problem/situation and interventions addressing it 10  
Discusses need with supporting documentation and concludes with a clear list of needs  10  
Discusses capacities with supporting documentation and concludes with a clear list of capacities  10  
Options to address the situation/decision 0 0
Presents well thought out options for meeting the needs, e.g., charts, demo, application screens and reports, etc. 15  
Explains each options well 15  
Explains how each option or preferred option meets all or none the identified needs and builds on the capacities 15  
Lists the advantages and disadvantages of each option 15  
For each major technology-based option, specifies hardware, software, networking, development and maintenance costs, etc 15  
Gives hypothetical examples, Web examples, vendor examples, etc., so the reader can visualize the major solutions 15  
How to proceed to implement the solution 0 0
Discusses the recommended option(s) and rationale (logic model) for recommending it (them).  15  
Identifies the next steps for major stakeholders, who should take them (and when) to make the solution a fully functioning reality 15  
Presents the structure/politics for recommendations and next steps to be implemented 15  
Recommends ways to evaluate if implementation is successful, e.g., following guidelines for success,  monitoring processes, and evaluating outcomes  15  
Issues, conclusion, and appendices 0 0
Identifies the issues that may be faced in designing and implementing the solution 15  
Presents a conclusion that summarizes the paper 5  
Class presentation executive summary, PowerPoint slides, handouts, printed demo, etc., in appendices 5  
Overall information and quality 0 0
Draws upon class and outside resources, e.g., software reviews, Internet, literature, other systems using APA documentation of sources. 20  
Supports statements with references to text, readings, interviews, surveys, research, other systems, etc. using APA format. 20  
Covers the topic well 15  
Quality of the proposed solution 15  
Overall quality of content 25  
Other 0 0
Working as a group (if negotiated with instructor beforehand) 0  
Use of the instructor as a consultant (via email, voice, or video) 10  

Total Points

350  

Grade = (A=315-350;  B=280-314;  C=245-279, etc)  __________________

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Grading Criteria--Final Decision Support Application web site

Writing

Points

A homepage captures the essence of the total application for the user and provides links to key sections

5

Well written with introductions and conclusions that connect sections of web pages and link together web pages

5

Aimed towards its audience, e.g., executive summary, appendices, charts and graphs, etc.

5

Neatly presented and well organized, e.g., homepage contains key information, links to major pages obvious, easy to navigate and return to home page, etc.  References linked to the bottom of the page, a reference page, or a web site, etc

5

Grammar checker and speller obviously used

5

Home page, contents, and introduction

 
Homepage or site map gives a good overview of the application 5

Clearly identified the agency, setting, and environment of the proposed solution, (if applicable).

5

Presents the condition, problem, or situation the paper addresses

5

Reviews current literature on the problem/situation

10

Assessment or systems analysis of the situation/decision

 

Discusses need with supporting documentation and concludes with a clear list of needs 

10

Discusses capacities with supporting documentation and concludes with a clear list of capacities 

10

Options to address the situation/decision

 

Presents well thought out options for meeting the needs

15

Explains each options well

15

Explains how each option meets all or none the identified needs and builds on the capacities

15
Lists the advantages and disadvantages of each option 15

For each major technology-based option, specifies hardware, software, networking, development and maintenance costs, etc

15

Web site gives hypothetical examples, Web examples, vendor examples, etc., so the reader can visualize the major solutions

15

How to proceed to implement the solution

 

Discusses the recommended option(s) and rationale for recommending it (them)

15

Identifies the next steps for major stakeholders, who should take them (and when) to make the solution a fully functioning reality

15

Presents the structure/politics for recommendations and next steps to be implemented

15

Recommends ways to evaluate if implementation is successful, e.g., following guidelines for success,  monitoring processes, and evaluating outcomes 

15

Issues, conclusion, and appendices

 

Identifies the issues that may be faced in designing and implementing the solution

15

Presents a conclusion that summarizes the application, recommendations, and implementation

5

Class presentation executive summary, PowerPoint slides, handouts, printed demo, etc., in application site if applicable

5

Overall information and quality

 

Draws upon class and outside resources, e.g., software reviews, Internet, literature, other systems

20

Supports statements with references, interviews, surveys, research, other systems, etc.

20
Covers the topic well 15

Quality of the proposed solution

15

Overall quality of content

25

Other

 

Working as a group (if negotiated with instructor beforehand)

0

Use of the instructor as a consultant

10

  Grade = (A=315-350;  B=280-314;  C=245-279, etc)  __________________

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