The paper is an analysis of a seminar plan for a proposed educational screening and intervention program for children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). A seminar plan should contain various important constituents that need to be explored comprehensively. A critical analysis of the positive and negative aspects of the seminar plan is explored including a validation of the ideas indicated, a clarification and improvement on various sections. Some of these subject areas include the official letter at the beginning of the project, the introductory paragraph containing the aim, mission and objectives of the seminar together with the brief explanation of the prior research that was undertaken by the school of nurses. The critique ends with a list of possible suggestions on how the seminar plan can be enhanced from the introduction to conclusion.
Critique of another Student’s Paper: Nursing Review
Seminars are important forums and opportunities for the presentations of ideas and plans for projects intended for the development of different services. In this respect, it is important for a seminar proposal to be well presented to convince the subject institutions on the importance of buying the proposed idea. The seminar proposal should meet a set of specific criteria that covers all aspects and dimensions of the seminar. The proposal under study was addressed to the school superintendent of Carver Center on a seminar in the school whose main objective was to increase educational screenings and interventions for children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This is an example of a program seminar whose focus is usually on experimental education programs. Program seminars use research findings in the design for the program. The proposal should have a defined outline of the seminar and an evaluation of the data that will indicate the targeted outcomes.
The plan done by the student explores all the above prerequisites with a clear identification of the objectives of the seminar. It begins with a letter to the school superintendent of the Carver Center who is essentially the correct office individual to be addressed. The student then presents the idea of the seminar of engaging students in a proposed screening program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to the superintendent in the letter. This appropriate sequence of actions highlights the importance of a formal letter. The letter has a date, name and an address with a subject indicating the intent of the paper. This is one of the important criterion and aspect of seminar proposal writing (Thiben, 2006).
The formal letter contains an introduction, in which the student mentions that he/she is part of the school nurses of the Cecil County Public School system. The statements that clarify that the paper intended to describe a proposal to inform and educate the school management of the necessity of screenings, treatments and implications that are based on the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, highlights the objectives of the seminar. A recap and an educational preview on the condition in the introduction of the seminar proposal are also given. The student utilizes statistical evidence to support arguments. The paper also emphasizes that children diagnosed early and those that with educational based implications have grown to have an improved quality of life and have been a lesser burden to the public health system as adults. This is important since it captures the benefit and the expected success of the seminar to the students. This is essential in convincing the superintendent on the importance of the seminar (Thiben, 2006).
The enclosure and overview of the proposed seminar is similarly outlined, and attached to the formal letter for the school superintendent to review and analyze. The project also highlights the main objectives of the seminar, a comprehensive and detailed budget, venue, target audience, guests, and logistics of the seminar. This equipped the superintendent with the general idea of the arrangement of the seminar. This is important because it facilitates prior preparation for the seminar proposal in a case where the management approves it. The student has also left contact details and welcomed parties to contact any time if the seminar proposal attracts their attention.
It is important to make a complete proposal that includes all the necessary required information. Particularly, the student should provide a clear description and a brief summary of the research base and the program design. In the program, the student is supposed to indicate and show a description and an evaluation of the instructional techniques and results of the prior research conducted by the nurses concerning Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The student should similarly consider the level that the seminar will work, with the introductory level being the best option since as indicated in the plan, the seminar is accessible by public and include parents, school nurses, special education teachers, paraprofessionals and even school administrators (Thiben, 2006). This is essential in ensuring that the listeners are able to understand the project’s statistics and result.
In the project summary section, the student should present the goal and aim of the plan of the seminar. Furthermore, a brief highlight of the project’s diverse objectives is essential. The project summary section should also have concise and persuasive argument to justify the significance of the project. Some of the issues to be covered in this section include the reason for the seminar plan, activities to be undertaken, the strategy of conducting these activities, the participants and promoters and the place. Lastly, describing the total cost for executing all the proposed activities is essential. In the project background, the student can explain the problem that is trying to be solved and a brief summary of the history of the project. The student should also indicate and acknowledge relevant references on the topic of study (Thiben, 2006).
The work is presented well; however, some important details are not included. Initially, the student should start the official letter with a capturing statement to attract the attention of the superintendent to the seminar plan and urge him/her to read it. The plan should similarly include a possible list of benefits just after the objectives section of the school’s participation in the seminar. This would entice the school to take part in the seminar as a measure of their attempt to address the needs of the students in the institution. In the objectives of the seminar section, the student should add more details to indicate the many benefits to those who will attend the seminar. An outline of the content of the seminar including a schedule showing the order of presentations and detail of the events during the seminar will also be an important constituent of the seminar plan (Thiben, 2006). Similarly, the plan can include a list of all knowledgeable instructors with proper credentials in the field to emphasize on the professionalism of the seminar. A short biography for each of them together with their experiences in the field would also be essential.
The attributes and the proper demographics of the target audience should also accompany the plan to describe the stakeholders who will mostly benefit from participating in the seminar. Promotional materials for attracting an audience can also be mentioned in the plan together with a comprehensive detail of how the event will be promoted to build excitement for participation (Thiben, 2006). Conclusively, the student is expected to thank the superintendent for his/her time and indicate that he/she will follow up with a call after a while to get feedback on the progress of the possibility of a seminar.
Thiben, D. (2006). Literature References. Retrieved from: http://wwwi4.informatik.rwthaachen.de/content/teaching/seminars/sub/seminar_hints/referen-ces.pdf.