HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for U1B 2009

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HC 491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt


U1B 2009 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

25 May through 15 July 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Research for the Health Professional, A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition, Diana M. Bailey, F.A. Davis Company, 1997.

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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, open discussions, overheads, and writings.

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 examinations, research papers, research papers presentations.


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


                             Mid-term exam                           30%

                             Final exam                                  30%

                             Research paper                           30%

                             Class participation                      10%

                 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)

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 7/8 unless previously coordinated with the instructor. Late papers will be marked accordingly.

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:

5/25      Administrative announcements, explanation/discussion of the course description/

requirements, introductory comments. Discuss Chapter 1. Identifying a Topic. Suggested topics for research will be discussed.


5/27      Discuss Chapter 2. Reviewing the Literature. At this date students will be able to

             identify several important contemporary health care management issues.


6/1        Discuss Chapter 3 of the text. Refining the Question and Developing the



6/3        Discuss Chapter 4 of the text. Choosing a Research Method.


6/8       Students, by this date, will have chosen a research topic and will discuss their

            chosen topic in class with instructor.


6/10     Discuss Chapter 5 of the text. Quantitative Research Designs. Students will be

            able to analyze an issue, gather information, formulate defensible conclusions, and

            make recommendations for action.

6/15     Discuss Chapter 6 of the text. Establishing Boundaries for the Quantitative

            Research Study. Review for the mid-term exam.


6/17     Mid-term Examination. Chapters 1 through 6.


6/22     Discuss Chapter 7 of the text. Data Collection Techniques.


6/24     Discuss Chapter 8 of the text. Analyzing Quantitative Data.


6/29     Discuss Chapter 9 of the text. Qualitative Research Designs.


7/1       Discuss Chapter 10 & 11of the text. Analyzing Qualitative Data. Final

            Preparation Before Implementing the Research Plan. By this date students

            will have gathered enough information for the research paper to begin student



7/6       Discuss 12 of the text. Reporting Results and Drawing Conclusions. Students will

            be able to write a formal research paper in acceptable format, on a contemporary

            health management issue. Student presentations.


7/8       Discuss Chapter 13 of the text. Writing and Publishing. Student presentations.

            Research paper due.


7/13      Final Examination. Chapters 7 through 13.


7/15      Review of the 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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