HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for S1B 2011

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HC 491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt


S1B 2011 BLA


Sweetnam, William J.


Adjunct Faculty



Office Hours

Before and after class sessions

Daytime Phone

915 526-5941




Semester Dates

10 Jan 2011 to 6 Mar 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours



Anthony R. Kovner, PhD, Ann S. McAlearney, ScD, Duncan Neuhauser, PhD.  Health Services Mangement: Cases,    Readings, and Commentary, 9th Ed.  ISBN:  978-1-56793-324-6

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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

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. 4.  Students will be able to apply the learning outcomes from their previous courses in healthcare management.
  2. 5.  Students will be able to view the healthcare organization from a strategic perspective.
  3. 6.  Students will be able to synthesize and integrate the conceptual and theoretical knowledge and understanding acquired in the healthcare program by use of case study analysis and research project.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Grading:  Participation                  

                Case Studies         
                Midterm Exam       

                Final Exam           

                Written Project             



                        Participation                  4

                        Case Studies                 12

                        Midterm Exam              30

                        Final Exam                    30

                        Written Project              24

                                                            100 points
Case Studies:                4 Case Studies at 3 points each             12 points

Written Project:            Content/Connection to Subject                         8

                                     Spelling/Grammar                                            6

                                     APA/Format/Organization                                6

                                     Deadlines Met                                                   2

 Presentation of Topic                                        2

                                                                                                             24 points

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:
Due dates and deadlines as indicated in the course schedule are expected to be met.  In the event that these due dates and deadlines are not met, points will be deducted from the appropriate grade as indicated in the grading section.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (Saturday, January 15, 2011)

Introduction to course. Review of Syllabus. Review of course requirements and grading system. Learning Outcomes

Discussion of Written Project requirements

Read/Study before Class: Textbook Part I – Role of the Manager

Case Study I – Assigned

Week 2          

Read/Study before Class: Textbook Part II – Control

Case Study I – DUE

Case Study II – Assigned

Week 3          

Read/Study before Class: Textbook Part III – Organizational Design

Written Project: Proposed “Topic” – DUE

Case Study II – DUE

Week 4          

Written Project: Proposed “Resources” – DUE

Review Questions and Answers


Week 5

Read/Study before Class: Textbook Part IV – Professional Integration

Case Study III – Assigned

Written Project: Verbal Presentations of “Topic” by students

Written Project: “Outline” – DUE

Week 6

Read/Study before Class: Textbook Part V – Adaption

Case Study III – DUE

Written Project: Draft – DUE

Case Study IV – Assigned

Week 7

Read/Study before Class: Textbook Part VI – Accountability

Case Study IV – DUE

Week 8 (Saturday, March 5, 2011)

Written Project: DUE

Review of Course Learning Outcomes

Review Questions and Answers

FINAL EXAM   (30%)       

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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