Complete each week’s reading assignments prior to embarking on other assignments; strive to show your comprehension of the reading in Discussions and Dropbox work.
Students will have three Dropbox Assignments, or writing assignments which will involve critical analysis of the concepts in the text readings for the week. Written responses should be placed in the Dropbox by Sunday. Late submissions are allowed only with prior approval. Assignments for submission to the Dropbox should evidence correct spelling and sentence structure and follow the rules of good grammar to earn maximum points. Points will be deducted for misspellings, incomplete sentences, poor sentence structure, or improper grammar. Students will be required to submit assignments in a Word document (.doc or .docx) using basic APA writing standards. Please read the “Formatting Assignments” topic in the Content area and follow the guidelines listed.
All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site. Also, review the rubric for Dropbox Assignments, which is provided in the Grading Criteria section of this syllabus.
The discussions involve conceptual applications of the principles and concepts covered each week. Each week students will submit answers to one or two discussion questions. To receive full credit, students are expected to respond to each discussion topic with an in-depth answer. Your main discussion post will be due by 11:59 PM Wednesday, and responses to other students’ posts will be due by Sunday with the exception of Week 8 when all assignments will be due on Saturday, at 11:59 PM. Students’ grades on the Discussions section will be based on both quantity and quality of their postings. To receive full points in the responses part of the discussion forum, students must participate in Discussions (with in-depth comments) between Thursday and Sunday, not just on Sunday alone. You will not receive full credit if all of your postings are made on the same day.
A single posting to the weekly discussion will meet the “minimum” requirement and keep you from earning zero for the week. As mentioned before, points for the weekly discussion are earned from substantial participation with substantive comments that show evidence of your understanding of the reading assignment from the textbook or from other sources of information relevant to the discussion topic. A substantive post conveys a specific and well-developed thought, idea, or comment whether the post is authored in response to the discussion topic or a post made by another student or the instructor. Postings such as, “good idea,” or, “I agree with you,” are good to support your fellow students, but are insufficient to earn points toward your grade for the weekly discussion. Please review the rubric for Discussion Postings in the Course Content area of D2L.
Read the “Formatting Assignments” topic in the Content area and post your Discussions and responses accordingly. Do not post your answers or responses as attachments. Discussion postings submitted as attachments will receive zero credit.
Quizzes contribute to the learning of economic and business concepts related to the health care industry. There will be four quizzes total given on week 2, week 4, week 6, and week 8. These quizzes will open on Friday and must be submitted (completed) by 11:59 PM Sunday with the exception of Week 8 when the quiz will be due Saturday, at 11:59 PM. Each quiz will have 30 multiple choice questions (worth 5 points each) and students will receive 60 minutes to complete each quiz. No make-up quizzes will be given except under extraordinary circumstances.
The Course Project will demonstrate a student’s communication, analytical, and online research skills in discussing a topic related to health care economics. The project should be a formal paper (including an executive summary) that provides an insightful analysis using economic concepts with a discussion that demonstrates critical thinking ability. The paper should have an introduction explaining why the topic is of interest, a short literature review, a main body of the paper that uses economic concepts and tools to discuss all the relevant issues on that topic, a discussion on policy and implications, conclusion, and a bibliography section citing all the sources. The project paper must include a minimum of two economic principles studied during the term of the course, i.e. opportunity cost, marginal analysis, markets and pricing, supply and demand, elasticity, efficiency, or market failure.
The course project should be between 7 and 10 double spaced pages (excluding the reference section) with one inch margin on all sides. It needs to be submitted in a Word document (.doc or .docx) using basic APA writing standards. The paper is due by 11:59 PM Sunday of Week 7 to allow time for grading. A draft of the final paper can be submitted before the end of Week 7 if the student desires feedback from the instructor. See Week 7 for a list of potential topics.
Students who submit plagiarized work will be reported to the appropriate authority at Columbia College for disciplinary action.