HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for F2T 2009

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HC 491 Senior Seminar in Health Care Management


F2T 2009 DL


Goodwin, William


Senior Instructor


BBA-Texas A&M University
MBA-Texas A&M University
Currently Working On Doctorate-Texas A&M University

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No text is required.  However, reports are available on health care and health services in the new millennium that can serve as general background reading.  A literature search will be required during the first week on trends, current problems and issues in health care and or health services.  A literature search will be required later in the course on the specific trend, problem or issue selected for analysis by individual students.  Students will be required to be familiar with contemporary issues and reports. The instructor will facilitate students finding relevant reports as needed. Course Resources: 1.  Park University Library and associated data bases. Access it through Park’s Home Page  www.park.edu 2.  Journals and periodicals unique to your profession. 3.  Reports, books, articles, or conference presentations on trends, issues, problems, etc. 4.  The websites of professional organizations associated with your profession such as the American Hospital Association, www.aha.org  The American Public Health Association, www.apha.org  the American Nurses Association, www.ana.org  The American Cancer Society  www.cancer.org The American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org  The American Lung Association, www.lungusa.org    etc.  Trade journals and inhouse newsletters are good sources of issue information and may be available in your organization, perhaps in the office of the CEO. 5.  Healthforum  www.healthforum.com 6.  Milbank Memorial Fund www.milbankmemorialfund.org 7.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation http://www.rwjf.org 8.  Health news and editorial pages of many major news papers.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
This course will focus on trends and current issues health care managers are facing.  However, the major element of this course is writing a formal research paper on one of the trends or problems, defining it, gathering data, drawing conclusions, making recommendations that evolve from the research, presenting it in acceptable formal style, and defending your conclusions before fellow students and the instructor

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:
Grading Criteria – Letter grades will be used, to include A, B, C, D and F.  Pluses and minuses will be used in projects and other course components, but University policy precludes the use of pluses and minuses in final course grades. Grading Scale – In-class writing assignments and class participation will constitute 25% of your course grade. To receive full credit for weekly participation a student must actively participate which includes posting your comments to the topic of discussion and a minimum of 3 postings to responses from other students.  A comprehensive final exam will be given over current issues presented in class, readings and the content of papers developed by students, and will constitute 25% of your course grade. The research paper presented in proscribed format will constitute 50% of your course grade, and is expected to be approximately twenty to thirty double spaced pages in length. The Table of Contents of the project paper will include I.       Introduction (Overview, History, other needed Background) II.      Statement of the Problem (to include limitations, what will not be studied and Research Questions to be answered.) III.     Significance of the Study IV.     Definition of Terms Used V.      Review of Related Literature VI.     Data Presentation and Analysis VII.    Conclusions (To include answering each research question) VIII.   Recommendations for Action and Recommendations for Further Study IX.  References (and End Notes unless footnotes were cited in the text of the study). X.  Abstract of the Study (A title page and table of contents is also expected.) Topics should be selected  and approved by the end of Week One, but not later than the end of week Two. A more or less complete draft of items I, II, III and IV are due at the end of Week III. Items V and VI will be completed at the end of Week Six (added to the study components previously submitted. The entire study will be submitted at the end of Week Seven, for grading. (There will be opportunity for revisions in each section, based on interaction with the professor until the end of Week 7.) GRADING PLAN: Course Evaluation Points Research Paper 200 points Class Participation 100 points Final Examination 100 points TOTAL POINTS 400 points Total Points for the course will  be converted to a percentage grade, and letter grades will be assigned as follows:   Grading Scale A= 94- 100%  B = 93-87%  C = 86-80%  D = 79-73%  F = < 72%  Final examination - A final Examination will be taken during the eighth week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam  will result in an automatic "F" grade. In this course a proctor will not be required, but you must complete the final exam before the due date Submission of Late Work: Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instrucotr, grades for late work are deducted 10% each day for up to five days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit. Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.   Other Information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.   Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.   A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.   Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.   Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.

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.


Discussion, Research Paper and exam

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of work must be discussed and cleared with the instructor for each circumstance.  For example getting clearance from the instructor for late submission one week does not give you clearance to be late every week.  Stay in communication with your instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class Week: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday midnight, Central Standard Time, the time zone of the home campus in Parkville, Missouri. Good students who anticipate receiving an A or a B in the course will have reviewed the material and posted some of the assignments by midweek, so as to have time to engage in class discussions in a meaningful way.  Failure to do so is the equivalent to coming to a traditional class late.  Posting course assignments late in the week will likely have a negative impact on performance and grades. E-Mail Procedures and Submitting General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class. My Response Policy:  I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable). Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Here is an overview for each week. Please refer to the on-line classroom for more details
Week 1: Term paper topic selection, healthcare issues assignment and healthcare trends assignment
Week 2: Problem statement assignment, definition of terms assignment, introducton assignment and significance of study assignment.
Week 3: Medical malpractice reform assignment and elections and HC assignment.
Week 4: Review of literature assignment
Week 5: Data presentation and analysis assignment
Week 6: Conclusions assignment, recommendations assignment, abstract assignment and workforce shortage assignment.
Week 7: Submission of draft paper
Week 8 Submission of final paper and defense of study assignment

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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