Syllabus for HCM-307

Principles of Healthcare Management


Principles of Healthcare Management presents the foundation principles and dynamics of healthcare management, the healthcare system, and basic concepts and skills in administration. You will analyze the institutional, social, and political forces in the field of healthcare. Topics include fundamentals of management in modern healthcare. This course is an introduction for you to the healthcare stakeholders in a variety of settings as well as key health and medical terms. You will examine professional behaviors, such as setting goals and managing time, as well as the attitudes and motivation required for success as a healthcare manager.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Implement appropriate responses to an organization’s readiness for change.

CO2        Customize the outcomes of the planning phase of the decision-making process to ensure organizational needs are met.

CO3        Determine whether employees feel adequately prepared and motivated to complete tasks as assigned.

CO4        Customize budgets to support the needs of the organization and the patients.

CO5        Demonstrate effective communication strategies when working independently or as a member of a team.

CO6        Execute the role of management to provide insight and direction to staff members and teams.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

        ISBN-13: 978-1284081329

Required Research

Throughout the course and for the final project, contemporary articles are required to assist in transitioning the theory and concepts. These resources can be accessed through the New Jersey State Library, which you can find through the myEdison portal under the Educational tab in the My Resources block.

You will need a library card to access the NJ State Library, which is free for TESU students. Be sure to apply early in the semester, as it may take several weeks to receive your card. 


Principles of Healthcare Management is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules, six discussion forums, two written assignments, four quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final project. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six online discussion forums, complete two written assignments, take four quizzes, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete six graded discussion forums and one ungraded introductions form. They will be on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Your initial discussion forum post should be a complete response to the discussion question, with a minimum of 200 words. It should introduce a new point of view or piece of information relevant to the topic being discussed. The post should contain correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Then, reply to two of your peers, with a minimum of 100 words each. Each reply should enhance the discussion and be substantive in content. Brief feedback like “thanks” and “good idea” are discouraged and will not count toward the requirements.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Be sure to review the written assignment directions carefully and contact the mentor if you have any questions regarding the expectations of the assignment. All work submitted for the written assignments should follow proper APA formatting and reference citations both within the document and cited in the references list.


You are required to take four formative quizzes. These quizzes will help you review basic terminology and concepts. All quiz questions are either multiple choice or true/false. You may use any materials that you like in taking the quizzes, and there is no time limit for taking each quiz.

You are encouraged to take each quiz multiple times for additional practice. You will see some different questions each time, and the gradebook will record your most recent score.

Midterm Examination

For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam, refer to the study guide available in the Examinations section of the course website.

In addition to the exam study guide, a practice midterm exam is available. The practice exam is ungraded. It contains questions that are similar to those on the graded exam and provides feedback, so it is an effective way of preparing for the exam. In the Examinations section of the course website, click on the Practice Midterm Exam link to begin.

The midterm exam consists of essay questions and covers material from Modules 1, 2, and 3. The exam is two hours long and is closed-book.

For the midterm, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

Healthcare leaders must understand the basic objectives of their role in the execution of management functions. They must understand management concepts that are essential to the organization within which the functions of the manager are performed. They must also be able to recognize that ongoing training and development is an essential part of their growth and success as leaders. Lastly, they must be able to provide sufficient detail to guide the practitioners and other key healthcare personnel with the ability to plan and control their budgets, training, and personnel concerns.

For the final project, you will examine the managerial style and influence that exists in order to better understand the overall operations of the organization, the direction of the organization, and how the organization is influenced by leadership. The final project will be submitted in two parts. Consult the Course Calendar for the due dates.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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