research Project


Research Instructions








To write your paper, you may use journal articles, textbook




material, case studies, and Web site information. The Web




site information must come from reputable and verifiable




sources, such as the United States Department of Health and




Human Services, the American Medical Association, professional




or business organizations, or articles published by




major news organizations.




To get started on finding a real-life case example that you’re




interested in, you can use an Internet search engine such as




Google. Try entering keywords such as “HIPAA violation”




under the “News” section. Or, go to your local library and




perform a search in the medical journals or professional




publications they have on file.






Writing Guidelines








1. Type your submission, double-spaced, in a standard




print font, size 12. Use a standard document format with





1-inch margins. (Do not use any fancy or cursive fonts.)







2. Read the assignment carefully, and follow the instructions.




3. Be sure to include the following information at the top of




your paper:





n Your name


n Your student number


n The course title (HIPAA Compliance)


n Graded project number (46081100)


n The date







4. Be specific. Limit your submission to the issues covered




by your chosen topic.





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5. Include a reference page in either APA or MLA style. On




this page, list Web sites, books, journals, and all other




references used in preparing the submission.




6. Proofread your work carefully. Check for correct spelling,




grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.








Research papers should include an introductory paragraph to introduce the reader to










the topic of the paper. Even though your grader is aware of your topic, you must always




assume that the reader is not, thus the need for an introduction. You should also have a








concluding paragraph which “wraps it all up.”




2. You should not include the questions or any numbering to your answers. Your




answers to the questions must be written using complete (indented) paragraphs. Each




paragraph should include an introductory sentence, which contains portions of the










actual question. The purpose of this introductory sentence is to make the reader aware of




what question you are answering, without actually including the question.








3. Font style should be times new roman; size 10, 11, or 12. Doubled spaced.




4. To avoid risk of plagiarism, you must include a reference page. In addition to the










reference page, you also need to use in-text citations within the body of your
















5. Research papers should




6. include a concluding paragraph at the end of




7. your paper, which restates your purpose and




8. bring your paper to a close by providing a final




9. insight into your research or the significance of




10. your topic






11. Lastly, your reference page should be titled as such, and listed in APA/MLA format.














Grading Criteria








Your project will be based on the following criteria:




Content 80%




Written communication 10%




Format 10%




Here’s a brief explanation of each of these points.














The student must





n Provide a clear discussion of the chosen topic


n Address the topic in complete sentences


n Support his or her research by citing specific information







from the textbook, Web sites, and any other references,




and by using correct APA or MLA guidelines for citations




and references





n Stay focused on the chosen topic


n Write in his or her own words and use quotation marks







to indicate direct quotations






Written Communication








The student must





n Discuss the topic in complete paragraphs that include an







introductory sentence, at least four sentences of explanation,




and a concluding sentence





n Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence














n Provide clear organization (for example, uses words like








first, however, on the other hand, and so on, consequently,







since, next, and when)


n Make sure the paper contains no typographical errors