Note: an assignment schedule and the available points for each assignment are provided later in the syllabus.
Discussions are opened as the semester progresses. These discussions are focused on application of the course content through discussion questions, problems, and/or brief case studies (Case studies that will be included in the discussions are identified in the Schedule section of this syllabus), as well as the exploration of current events relevant to the course. A major portion of the discussion is ethics cases that are in the Case Book. Students also are encouraged to initiate topics. Students are encouraged to post both comments and questions and treat the discussion as a discussion that might occur in a classroom. For example, you might add something from work that is relevant to the course, or comment on a current event like a change in Medicare policy a current public health issue. All students are expected to contribute to this discussion at least once per week for all but the last three weeks of the semester, but this is a minimum requirement to ensure you do not receive zero points. The total points are assigned at the end of the semester.
Students are assigned four homework sets of problems, questions and/or case studies to be completed individually on the dates noted in the schedule. Problems, questions or cases from course materials and outside sources are assigned and posted on WebCT. Assignments must be completed on the posted due date unless otherwise noted. Discussion questions are cumulative and may require information assigned previously. Part of your grade is determined by how well you integrate course content into the assignments.
You are expected to complete all homework assignments on your own. You are on the honor system; however, students who are found to be working together may lose some or all of the points for the assignment. Please note that a score of zero on a single assignment may be sufficient to result in a C or lower grade for the course. A grade of C or D in the course will require the student to retake the course. Any student who receives a C and/or D in two or more courses, or a grade of F in one course is removed from the MHA program.
An oral final examination is conducted for this course. The exam is scheduled with each student and may be conducted either face-to-face or by telephone. In general, the exam is 30 minutes in length and will include discussion questions from the professor. The student can expect to be questioned regarding the use of terminology and concepts that have been covered in the course, and to be able to apply course content to answering questions.
F=69% or less
All students are expected to write at a professional level with appropriate U.S. English grammar and syntax.
Students who have writing difficulties should seek assistance from the MSU writing lab or others. It is helpful, if you
are using Microsoft Word, to turn on the grammar check and check the quality of your writing in that way. Papers
and other written assignments should be submitted following the APA styles manual. Word 2007 has APA style
referencing built into it, so there is no reason to not reference works appropriately.
10 percent is removed from the total points for papers that are late. Papers that are later than seven days receive a zero.
All students must contribute to discussion at least once per week.
Using direct quotes or sections of writing from other author's works or that of other students without the appropriate citations is unacceptable. Any assignment may be subject to a computer-based review to assess evidence of plagiarism. The consequences of plagiarism may be up to and including dismissal from the program. We expect all students to write in their own words and not use extensive paraphrasing or quoting in a paper, even if properly cited. Computer-based review of your written work may be done to assess if you are using other's material inappropriately.