HC491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt

for S1B 2012

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HC 491 Snr Seminar in Hlth Care Mgmt


S1B 2012 BL


Robinson, Dashawn


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Human Resource Development
Ph.D. Candidate, Business w/Spec. Health Care Administration

Office Location


Office Hours

Before or After Class, or By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 667-8166



Semester Dates

January 16, 2012 - March 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours


No textbook is required. However, the following relevant resources are at your disposal:

1. Park University Library Database
2. Scholarly Journal Articles and Periodicals
3. Healthcare Management Professional Websites and Affiliations
4. APA 6th Edition
5. Introduction to Research

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://www.ache.org - The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.
http://www.ache.org/carsvcs/ycareer.cfm  - Many students have questions about future plans as a Healthcare Executive
http://shea.ache.org - El Paso Local Chapter of ACHE
http://www.hfma.org - Leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders.
http://www.aaham.org - The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) is the professional organization in healthcare administrative management.
http://www.ahrq.gov - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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:
Mr. Robinson believes that students learn when they are exposed to different ways of understanding the material. This sort of educational typology refers to reading, elaboration through lectures, presentation of diverse visual media, and discussions of the material. In addition to projects that require putting it all together; give every type of learner several ways to synthesize the subject matter. He also understands that it is crucial to promote other kinds of learning, than that related to the course material. Students should learn critical-thinking through questions posed and class discussions. The structure of projects should lead to the improvement of social skills. Projects that require classroom presentations can improve communication skills and professionalism. As both a professor and a Ph.D. Candidate, his most satisfying experiences in the classroom have revolved around the powerful impression that, in the strange spell of a discussion or lecture, it is possible to see the world differently. However brief, he continues to believe that it is possible to evoke such uncanny episodes, moments when we think outside our sphere of habits and rituals. In essence, his teaching philosophy can perhaps best be described as the teaching of philosophy. Furthermore, this evocation of different styles of thinking, allows us to re-consider our own largely unconscious relationship to understanding healthcare management. Above all, the world at large. It is with this last point that encapsulates his real philosophy of teaching. In essence, he wants to provoke students to think differently. Above all, to see that the subjects that concern us in healthcare management theory and concepts are not hermetically insulated. Rather, engage manifold questions that will allow us to see the world with a different theoretical lens. The willingness to make those conceptual leaps, though by no means always successful, ultimately nourishes a form of critical thinking. As a result, this, he believes to be valuable in any capacity or field.

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:

Research Paper          45 points
Oral Presentation       15 points
Final Examination     30 points
Peer Review              10 points
Total      100 points


A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = < 59

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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to act in a mature and professional manner at all times. Students are expected to arrive on time for class and be prepared for the lecture/discussion as outlined. Cell phones will be turned off during class time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1

Administrative announcements, discussion of the course description, requirements, and introductory comments. Discussion of APA format and research project requirements.

Lecture/Discussion: (Selection of Topic and Research Design)
Introduction to Research
What is Research?
Tools of Research

Week 2

Lecture/Discussion: (Determination of appropriateness of research topic)
The Problem
Review of the Related Literature

Week 3

Lecture/Discussion: (Research Methodology & Design)
Planning Your Research Project
Research Methodology
Research Design

Week 4

Lecture/Discussion: (Group feedback and progress)
Case Study Methodology
Case Study Analysis
Draft copies of research project outline
Milestone Review

Week 5

Lecture/Discussion: (Peer Review)
Holistic Perspective

Week 6

Final Written Integrative Research Project Due

Week 7

Peer Review
Oral Presentations
(Final Exam Review)

Week 8

Final Examination

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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