HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

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HC491 Senior Seminar in Health Care


F1OO 2007 WO


Hutton, Angeline E.


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Science in Business/Accounting
Master of Health Administration

Office Location

Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

Daytime Phone

Cell -  573-644-2602 ( Do not leave a message)

Other Phone

736-5141 - home




Semester Dates

August 20 - October 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours



 Research for the Health Professional "A Practical Guide" Second Edition by Diana M. Bailey

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Course Description:

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

Educational Philosophy:
I consider all students to be adults, and to be in class because of their desire to learn.  To that end, I will expect all students to attend each class ready and willing to participate, exchange ideas, and opinions and absorb new ideas and share information.

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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Each student will be expected to develop a research paper, 30 - 35 pages in length and to follow the APA style. 
Students will be expected to join in the class room participation adn show interest in their project.
The following paper Criteria is mandatory:
#1 - Introduction - Overview, History and other Back Ground.
#2 - Statement of problem -to include limitations, what will and what will not be studied and the research questions to be answered
#3 - Significance of the Study
#4 - Definitions of all terms used
#5 - Reveiw of related literature
#6 - Data presentations and analysis
#7 - Conclusions- to include answering each research question
#8 - Recommendations or actions needed and recommendations for futher study


Letter grades of A,B,C and D will be used
Literature search will be worth 25%
Research will be 25%
Paper will be 25%
Defense will be 25%
A learning Rubix will be given out and discussed the first night of class.  Students will be instructed to follow this and will understand that the grading will follow this same Rubix.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  90 - 100  -  A
  80 -  90   -  B
  70 -  80   -  C
  60 -  70   -  D
 Below 60  -  F                                                                                         

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Materials must be timely, as semester is so short.
  Topics will be elected and approved by week two (2) 
A complete draft of items 1,2,3 and 4 will be due week six (6).  They will be e-mailed to the instructor earlier, by a date set in class.
Items 5 and 6 will be due week seven (7)  - they will be e-mailed to the instructor earlier, by a date set in class.
Entire, complete paper, presentation and discussion due week eight (8) to be presented and defended in class

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All cell phones will be turned off. Students will be prepared to concentrate and participate in class with respect for fellow students and instructor at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Chapters 1,2,3 and 4 - Students will understand  the following:
What  Research is - Identifying a Topic - Reviewing  Literature - Refining the Questions and Developing the Background.
Week 2 - Chapters 5,6,7 and 8 - We will discuss in detail , using the following topics:
Results of Literature Search and Declaration of Choosen Topic, Quantitative Research Designs - Establishing Boundaries, Data Collection Techniques and Analyzing Quantitative Data.
Students will declare their chosen topic and issue.  These will be discussed in detail.
Week 3 - Chapters 9,10,11,12 - Students will understand and be able to work with the following:
Qualitiative Research Designs - Analyzing Qualitative Data - Final Preparation before Implementing a Research Plan - Reporting Results and Drawing Conclusions.  Students will have a rough draft of the outline e-mailed to the instructor
by date set in class.  Outline and issues will be discussed and details studied.
Week 4 - Chapter 13 - Students will prepare to write their paper by discussing the following:
Writing and Publishing - Discussion of rough drafts that will be e-mailed to instructor by date set in class Students will be comfortable with the issue that they have choosen to study. 
Week 5 - Open for assistance as needed  Each rough draft will be studied and information shared. All students will have an understanding of all 4 of the issues being studied.   
Week 6 - Items 1,2,3 and 4 due for discussion (E-MAILED TO INSTRUCTOR BY DATE SET IN CLASS)
Each issue will be studied and discussed.  Information on the subject can be offered by fellow students.
Week 7 - Items 5,6,7 and 8 due for discussion (E-MAILED TO INSTRUCTOR BY DATE SET IN CLASS)
Students will continue to study, compare and refine the information and data on their issue. 
Week 8 - Complete and finished papers are due and presentations will be given - class closure.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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