HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for F1T 2005

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Julie Grabanski
Office: Grand Forks, ND
Office Hours: 9-10 PM Central Standard Time
Phone: (701) 775-3696
Fax: (440) 815-3696


Park Vision/Mission Statement

Park University Vision
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Park University Mission
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.

Instructor Information





Julie Grabanski, MSA



Fall 2005

August 22- October 16, 2005

Instructor Information


Developer's Name

Donald J. Breckon

Course Description

Capstone course in which students study selected topics on health care administration in depth.  It is highly recommended that all major core courses be passed before enrolling in this course.

Overview and Course Goals

This course will focus on trends and current issues health care managers are facing.  However, the major element of this course is writing a formal research paper on one of the trends or problems, defining it, gathering data, drawing conclusions, making recommendations that evolve from the research, presenting it in acceptable formal style, and defending your conclusions before fellow students and the instructor.

Core Learning Outcomes

A.  Students will be able to identify/discuss several important contemporary health care management  issues.

B.  Students will be able to analyze an issue, gather information, formulate defensible conclusions, and make recommendations for action.

C.  Students will be able to write a formal research paper in acceptable format, on a contemporary health management issue.

Required Texts/Materials

No text is required.  However, reports are available on health care and health services in the new millennium that can serve as general background reading.  A literature search will be required during the first week on trends, current problems and issues in health care and or health services.  A literature search will be required later in the course on the specific trend, problem or issue selected for analysis by individual students.  Students will be required to be familiar with contemporary issues and reports. The instructor will facilitate students finding relevant reports as needed.


Course Resources:

1.  Park University Library and associated data bases. Access it through Park’s Home Page  www.park.edu

2.  Journals and periodicals unique to your profession.

3.  Reports, books, articles, or conference presentations on trends, issues, problems, etc.

4.  The websites of professional organizations associated with your profession such as the American Hospital Association, www.aha.org  The American Public Health Association, www.apha.org  the American Nurses Association, www.ana.org  The American Cancer Society  www.cancer.org The American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org  The American Lung Association, www.lungusa.org    etc.  Trade journals and inhouse newsletters are good sources of issue information and may be available in your organization, perhaps in the office of the CEO.

5.  Healthforum  www.healthforum.com

6.  Milbank Memorial Fund www.milbankmemorialfund.org

7.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation http://www.rwjf.org

8.  Health news and editorial pages of many major news papers.

Course Policies

Class Week

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday midnight, Central Standard Time, the time zone of the home campus in Parkville, Missouri. Good students who anticipate receiving an A or a B in the course will have reviewed the material and posted some of the assignments by midweek, so as to have time to engage in class discussions in a meaningful way.  Failure to do so is the equivalent to coming to a traditional class late.  Posting course assignments late in the week will likely have a negative impact on performance and grades. 

E-Mail Procedures and Submitting

    • General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class.
    • My Response Policy:  I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Grading Policy

Grading Criteria

Letter grades will be used, to include A, B, C, D and F.  Pluses and minuses will be used in projects and other course components, but University policy precludes the use of pluses and minuses in final course grades.

Grading Scale

In-class writing assignments and class participation will constitute 25% of your course grade.

A comprehensive final exam will be given over current issues presented in class, readings and the content of papers developed by students, and will constitute 25% of your course grade.

The research paper presented in proscribed format will constitute 50% of your course grade, and is expected to be approximately twenty to thirty double spaced pages in length. 

The Table of Contents of the project paper will include

I.       Introduction (Overview, History, other needed Background)

II.      Statement of the Problem (to include limitations, what will not be studied and Research Questions to be answered.)

III.     Significance of the Study

IV.     Definition of Terms Used

V.      Review of Related Literature

VI.     Data Presentation and Analysis

VII.    Conclusions (To include answering each research question)

VIII.   Recommendations for Action and Recommendations for Further Study

IX.  References (and End Notes unless footnotes were cited in the text of the study).

X.  Abstract of the Study

(A title page and table of contents is also expected.)

Topics should be selected  and approved by the end of Week One, but not later than the end of week Two.

A more or less complete draft of items I, II, III and IV are due at the end of Week III.

Items V and VI will be completed at the end of Week Six (added to the study components previously submitted. 

The entire study will be submitted at the end of Week Seven, for grading.

(There will be opportunity for revisions in each section, based on interaction with the professor until the end of Week 7.)


Course Evaluation


Research Paper

200 points

Class Participation

100 points

Final Examination

100 points


400 points

Total Points for the course will  be converted to a percentage grade, and letter grades will be assigned as follows:  

Grading Scale



90- 100% (360 to 400 points)

B =

80-89% (320 to 359 points)

C = 

70-79% (280 to 319  points)

D =

60-69% (240 to 279 points)

F =

< 60% (239 or fewer points

Final examination - A final Examination will be taken during the eighth week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam  will result in an automatic "F" grade. In this course a proctor will not be required, but you must complete the final exam before the due date

Submission of Late Work: Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instrucotr, grades for late work are deducted 10% each day for up to five days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit.

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) 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 test.  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, who 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 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 (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 
  • Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is the prerequisite for academic study. Academic dishonesty is inimical to the spirit of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. This does not make it less serious. However, students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member.


Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods (2 weeks in a term) will be reported to the Dean for appropriate action. Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse, will be institutionally withdrawn (unofficially withdrawn) and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded.

Students are expected to spend a substantial amount of time online and offline each week including but not limited to responding to the weekly conference discussions, sending/receiving Email, reading and viewing online lectures, completing online quizzes and tests, and conducting research over the World Wide Web.  A rule of thumb is that you should spend approximately 4-5 hours per week online reviewing course content and engaging in group work and discussion and an additional 4-6 hours per week on readings, preparing assignments, or completing papers or examinations.

Student Resources

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact us for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select Distance Learning - Graduate to see the required booklist for Online graduate courses or Distance Learning Internet for Online undergraduate courses and then select the course(s) you are enrolled in to order them Online.

Advising - Park would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance.  If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. For students wanting Online tutoring, you will need to contact your instructor to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

VCampus Technical Support - For technical assistance with the VCampus classroom or your proctor form,  please email Client Technical Assistance Center or call 888-333-8657.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email the Park Helpdesk or call 800-927-3024.