Management of Health Care Sciences

Course Details

Course Number: RESP 4163  Section Number: X1

Fall 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: On-line

Days & Times:

On-line Course

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  MngtSchedule-20120327-163736.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Ann Medford   
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Course Objectives

Introduce the student to managing health care services.  Emphasis is placed on development of skills in leadership, communication, time management, problem solving, motivation, and other critical competencies.  Topics include methods to achieve greater productivity, policy improvement, recruitment, selection, and training of new employees, as well as current issues facing the health care system.

Course Expectations

The course work consists of readings in the texts and online sources, writing assignments responding to these readings, self-generated case study and exams. 

There will be six exams in this class.  These will be open book, as you may use any of your assigned resources, notes from discussions online, posted content from the professor.  You may NOT consult your classmates.  These exams may consist of multiple choice, short answer, definitions, listing, true false, and/or essay.   


There will be one self-generated case study with two phases:

Phase 1:  In approximately 500 words, identify a management problem you have Encountered in your work place and suggest a possible solution for the problem.  This is due October 4, 2010.

Phase 2:   Read at least three academic journal articles, which discuss this problem and then rewrite the   case study incorporating the information you have discovered.  This addendum should also be approximately 500 words.  Include a reference list with your case study.    You will be graded primarily on content, however, poor writing must detract from the quality of your paper.  One letter grade will be deducted for more than ten corrections for spelling, grammar, and/or clarity. This is due November 15, 2010.

Grading Standards



The point value of your assignments, exams, and participation is a combined 100 points.  Do not let the fact that an assignment might count only 5 points convince you to skip it.  Remember that on a 100-point scale 5 points is half a letter grade!  That makes a difference if you skip an assignment and have a total of 86 points. Even a B on the 5-point assignment would have been enough to receive an A for the course.  Every assignment and every posting on the discussion board for participation are important.





F=below 60



100 points possible


Participation & Discussion                    10                               

Self Generated Case Study                    40                               

Exams                                                         50                   


Final Exam12/5/2010  NA

Submission Format Policy


Please send messages to me through WebCt.  However, if you have any problems, you may contact me via my email  Please do not use the previous email address you may have been given.

 Availability online:       This means that I will be checking email regularly during these times.  Monday through Friday:  0800 – 1700.

Classroom availability: Fridays 9:00-9:50, Bridwell Hall 305     

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy



For each assignment, I have given an expected completion date for grading. 

LATE ASSIGNMENTS:  WebCt is designed so that students are locked out of the system after the deadline has passed.  Please make note of all deadlines and adhere to them.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies


Professors have become increasingly aware of, and therefore more adamant about, plagiarism on college campuses.  Remember that copying any part of someone else’s work without properly citing it constitutes plagiarism.  Further, copying other’s ideas and portraying them as your own, even if not word for word, constitutes plagiarism.  The professor will investigate any suspected cases of academic dishonesty.  If further action is necessary, the professor will turn the incident into the proper MSU authorities for disciplinary action.

 In addition to the issue of plagiarism, academic dishonesty in an online environment may include:  having someone else complete any assignment or any portion of an assignment and/or discussing via any medium, even email, any exam question.

You are expected to do your own work just as you would be in a “traditional” classroom setting.



Midwestern State University (MSU) does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility and employment of individuals in programs and activities.  MSU provide academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic and employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515. 

Please contact the instructor to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.



Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.