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HC 491 Senior Seminar in Health Care Management
Sims, Phillip L.


HC 491
Senior Seminar in Health Care Mgmt.
14 march through 8 May 2005
Fridays 1700 – 2210 hours
Phillip L. Sims, Instructor
Cell 204-8985
e-mail psims@elp.rr.com
Fort Bliss, Texas

COURSE SYLLABUS

I. COURSE DESCRIOTION

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.

II. GOALS OF THE COURSE

To provide the student with an understanding of an in-depth research on a selected
topic in Health Care Management and to channel that research towards a well
written article.

III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The student will become thoroughly familiar with the Health Care Management
element selected. Understand the operations and functions of that department or
element selected, and apply all of that information from research into the Senior
Seminar paper.

IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENTS

On his/her own, the student will conduct the necessary problem solving and analysis through research and interviews.

V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The student will do the essential research and analysis to write a paper deal-
ing with an element of Health Care Management agreed upon between the student and the instructor. The final paper will be at least 15 pages in length
not including the table of contents (index) and the bibliography. The paper
will be type and double spaced. Each student will give a 5 to 7 minute
presentation of their paper in class at a time selected by the instructor.

VI. COURSE TEXT

None


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VII. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

Any guide for writing research papers will be most helpful.

VIII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

3/18 Administrative announcements, explanation/discussion of the course description/
requirements, introductory comments. Patient rights and obligations.

3/25 Discuss the growing importance of management in health care delivery and the
health care system.

4/1 Discuss the importance of cost controls and consolidation. Types of third
party reimbursement. Risk management in the health care arena.

4/8 Discuss health care planning. Strategic management defined. Strategy
formulation and the implementation process.

4/15 Students, by this date, will have chosen a research topic and will discuss their
chosen research topic notes individually in class with instructor.

4/22 Discuss the changing roles of the CEO. The CEOs relationship to the hospital
board of directors and the medical staff. The nursing staff.

4/29 Discuss organizational arrangements of health delivery systems. SWOT
strategy for health service organizations. Certificate of need. Medicare’s
Diagnosis Related Groups. Final typed research paper due.

5/6 In class student presentation of research papers.

IX. CLASS POLICIES

Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Roll will be checked at each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work. The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence either prior to or immediately after the absence. Two unexcused absences are excessive and three unexcused absences will result in an involuntary withdrawal and a grade of “F” (attendance) for the course.

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X. ACADEMIC HONESTY

Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of F and dropped from the course. The second violation results in automatic expulsion from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing of the action taken.

XI GRADING POLICY

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Comprehensive Cases (Paper) 50%
Research notes 20%
Research paper presentation 30%



The comprehensive case paper must be typewritten and submitted on or prior
to 4/29 unless previously coordinated with the instructor. Late papers will
not be accepted and graded accordingly.


The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F (for three or more unexcused absences)