HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for U1B 2007

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HC 491 Senior Seminar in Health Care Management


U1B 2007 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

28  May through 21 July 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Management of Hospitals and Health Services, R. Schulz and A. Johnson, 3r d Edition, Beard Books, 2003.

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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. 3:0:3

The student will become thoroughly familiar with the Health Care Managelement selected. Understand the operations and functions of that department orelement selected, and apply all of that information from research into the Senior Seminar research paper. The student will do the essential research and analysis to write a paper in an acceptable format dealing  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 typed and double spaced. Each student will give a 5 to 10 minute presentation of their paper in class at a time selected by the instructor.

Educational Philosophy:

Interactive issues with students on key issues in health care management. Through readings, the internet, and websites, current important issues will be discussed and explored as to how they will effect the public and health care providers. How public health issues eventually become public laws for the benefit of the public as a whole.

Through these activities the student will be able to select an issue that is of interest to them for in depth research and interviews with key personel.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify several important contemporary health care management issues.
  2. Students will be able to analyze an issue, gather information, formulate defensible conclusions, and make recommendations for action.
  3. Students will be able to write a formal research paper in acceptable format, on a contemporary health management issue.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Research a health care management problem
  2. Evaluate the problem
  3. Write a formal research paper in an acceptable format of the problem
  4. Present and defend conclusions of research paper in class
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Mid-term and final examinations, paper research, paper, paper presentation

Mid-term exam             30%

Final exam                    30%

Research paper            30%

Paper presentation      10%           


Mid-term examination 100 points, final examination 100 points, research paper 100 points, paper presentation 100 points.


90 to 100            A

80 to   89            B

70 to   79            C

60 to   69            D

Below 60            F                          

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The comprehensive case paper must be typewritten and submitted on or prior to 7-11 unless previously coordinated with the instructor. Late papers will not be accepted and final grade reduced one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


5-28 Administrative announcements, explanation/discussion of the course

description/ requirements, introductory comments. Discuss Chapter 1.

5-30 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 2 and 3.

6-4 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 4 and 5.

6-6 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 6 and 7.

6-11 Students, by this date, will have chosen a research topic and will discuss their

chosen research topic notes individually in class with instructor. Outline of

research paper due.

6-13 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 8 and 9.

6-18 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 10 and 11. Review for mid-term examination.

6-20 Mid-term examination covering chapters 1 through 11.

6-25 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 12 and 13.

6-27 Discuss/lecture on Chapters 14 and 15.

7-2 Discuss/lecture on Chapter 16. Student presentations.

7-4 Discuss/lecture on Chapter 17. Student presentations

7-9 Discuss/lecture on Chapter 18. Student presentations.

7-11 Student presentations. Review for final examination. Research papers due.

7-16 Final examination covering chapters 12 through 18.

7-18 Review of final examination. Make-up student presentations.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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