HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for F2B 2008

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HC 491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt


F2B 2008 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Senior Adjunct Faculty



Other Phone





Semester Dates

13 October through 6 December 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours




Management of Hospitals and Health Services, R. Schulz and A. Johnson, 3rd

Edition, Beard Books, 2003. 

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Course Description:
HC491 Senior Seminar in Health Care Management: 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

Educational Philosophy:

Lectures, examinations, research paper, and presentation of research paper. At the end of each chapter of the text a review of references that will aid the student in selecting research topic for the required research paper.

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:

Mid-term and final examination, paper research, paper, paper presentation.

                             Mid-term exam                                   30%  

                             Final exam                                          30%

                             Comprehensive Cases (Paper)            30%            

                             Research paper presentation               10%


Mid-term and final examinations 100 points each, research paper 100 points, research paper presentation 100 points.

                             Mid-term exam                                   30%

                             Final exam                                          30%

                             Comprehensive Cases (Paper)            30%            

                             Research paper presentation               10%

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The comprehensive case paper must be typewritten and submitted on or prior  to 11-26 unless previously coordinated with the instructor. Late papers will not be accepted and final grade reduced one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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.
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:

10/13    Administrative announcements, explanation/discussion of the course

             description/ requirements, introductory comments. Discuss Chapter 1.


10/15    Discuss/lecture on Chapters 2 and 3.


10/20    Discuss/lecture on Chapters 4 and 5.


10/22    Discuss/lecture on Chapters 6 and 7.


10/27     Students, by this date, will be able to identify several important contemporary

              health care management issues and have chosen a research topic and will discuss

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

 research paper due.


10/29     Discuss/lecture on Chapters 8 and 9.


11/3       Discuss/lecture on Chapters 10 and 11. Review for mid-term examination.


11/5       Mid-term examination covering chapters 1 through 11. Students, by this date,

              will be able to analyze an issue, have gathered information, formulated defensible

              conclusions, and be able to make recommendations for action

11/10     Discuss/lecture on Chapters 12 and 13.


11/12     Discuss/lecture on Chapters 14 and 15.


11/17     Discuss/lecture on Chapter 16. Student presentations.


11/19     Discuss/lecture on Chapter 17. Student presentations


11/24     Discuss/lecture on Chapter 18. Student presentations.


11/26     Student presentations. Review for final examination. Research papers due.

              Students, by this date, will have written, a formal research paper in acceptable

              format, on a contemporary health management issue.


11/1       Final examination covering chapters 12 through 18.
11/3       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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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