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Courses

Below you will find the current coures offerings listed by semeseter and then alphabetically by department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@simmons.edu or 617-521-2111.

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Summer 2014 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 10/25/2014 04:28PM

Health Care Administration

HCA 509 - Health Care Finance I

This course presents basic concepts of finance and financial management in health care organizations. Along with the subsequent course HCA 534, this course is intended to prepare student competence in the basic business principles and analysis approaches that relate to keeping the health care organization financially viable. The main concepts covered include financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, using debt financing, product costing, and decision analysis techniques. In the course, students will utilize case analysis; excel spreadsheet modeling and short papers. Students are required to have completed HCA 500 and 501. (3 credits)

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
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L 05/12/2014 -
08/25/2014
Monday

05:00PM-
08:00PM
SCB
251A
Suzanne Stinson Open 3 No 3.00

HCA 521 - Human Resource Management

This course is concerned with the management of human resources in health care organizations. It begins with consideration of the human resource function as carried out by managers of units. Major areas covered include recruitment, interviewing and selection; retention (including compensation and benefits); diversity; performance management; and career development. The latter part of the course is devoted to the laws and regulations that frame human resource management including employment law and OSHA; fair employment practices; wrongful termination and privacy; National Labor Relations Act (and unions) and strikes and boycotts. (2 credits)

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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W 07/08/2014 -
07/31/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

05:00PM-
08:00PM
N/A
Corey Surett
Maryellen Solazzi
Open 0 No 2.00

HCA 522 - Health Information Systems

This course will examine issues in the management of health information and related technologies. It includes topics such as systems and data used in managing health information today, strategic and project planning for information technology investments, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements, coding and informatics standards, experiences with computerized medical records and internet applications, and the organization of information management functions. Students are required to develop a plan for technology introductions using a situation from their own institution. (2 credits)

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OL(W) 05/19/2014 -
07/13/2014
N/A

N/A
N/A
Tracie L. Goulart Open 12 No 2.00

HCA 523 - Health Care Marketing

The continued viability of health care organizations depends in large measure on the strategic sophistication of their leadership and their ability to market their products effectively. In this portion of the curriculum, students will learn the concepts and skills required to: develop a strategic vision for a health care organization, taking into account the values of senior management; use economic models to determine the competitive position of a health care organization; recognize product life cycles; assess the effect of an organizations culture on its strategy; and evaluate economic and social barriers to entry and exit of a health care organization. The course also includes the key marketing concepts of SWOT analysis, competitive intelligence, social marketing, market segmentation, market positioning, branding, product differentiation and niche marketing. (2 credits)

Section Section
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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Credits
W 05/13/2014 -
06/24/2014
Tuesday

05:00PM-
08:00PM
N/A
Mr. Steve Herskovitz Open 7 No 2.00

HCA 524 - Health Care Law and Ethics

This course addresses major legal and ethical principles and issues relevant to health care administration, including: (1) legal relationships between patients and providers, providers and institutions, and patients and institutions; (2) the legal structure of various forms of corporate organization, including profit, and not-for-profit; and (3) legal issues relating to admission and discharge, emergency treatment, medical records, and mental health treatment. Finally, the course presents an ethical analytic framework grounded in legal principles and in the philosophical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy and justice, applied in cases and readings to the difficult ethical challenges in health care administration.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
Credits
SS 05/15/2014 -
08/28/2014
Thursday

04:30PM-
07:30PM
N/A
Robert F. Coulam Open 1 No 3.00

HCA 540 - Fieldwork

At the end of the program, students are required to do two credits of fieldwork with supervision by a faculty member and a field preceptor. Field projects are designed by students and faculty so they round out a student's leadership 'portfolio' in terms of the NCHL Leadership Model, skill acquisition and career development. The field projects are presented and defended to the faculty and fellow students. Students choose from the following options for fieldwork: 1. A health care research, management research, or policy-analysis paper of publishable quality (the potential journals must be identified and the research be designed, conducted, and reported according to one of the journals standards) 2. A short-term internship within a health care institution (a project must be described and submitted, demonstrating quantitative and/or financial analytic competency).

Section Section
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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
Credits
01 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A John M. Lowe Open 14 Yes 6.00

History

HIST 350 - Independent Study

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: At least two history courses and consent of the department. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Staff.

Section Section
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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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01 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A Laura Prieto Wcls 0 Yes 4.00

HIST 373 - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American History

This seminar examines how ideas about race and ethnicity took shape in the 19th-c. U.S. It integrates African-American histories of slavery, emancipation, citizenship, and urban migration; the Native American experience of territorial conquest and cultural resistance; and waves of immigration from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Section Section
Dates
Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
Avail
Seats
Requires
Consent
Credits
01 05/13/2014 -
07/29/2014
Tuesday

04:45PM-
08:00PM
MCB
E207
Laura Prieto Open 20 Yes 4.00

HIST 455B - Thesis Extension #1

Involves independent research based on archival primary sources culminating in a paper of approximately 60 to 80 pages under the supervision of two historians with expertise in the subject area.

Section Section
Dates
Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
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01 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A Laura Prieto Open 3 Yes 0.00
02 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A Leonard, Sarah Open 3 Yes 0.00

HIST 455C - Thesis Extension #2

Involves independent research based on archival primary sources culminating in a paper of approximately 60 to 80 pages under the supervision of two historians with expertise in the subject area.

Section Section
Dates
Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
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01 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Laurie Crumpacker Open 4 Yes 0.00

HIST 573 - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American History

This seminar examines how ideas about race and ethnicity took shape in the 19th-c. U.S. It integrates African-American histories of slavery, emancipation, citizenship, and urban migration; the Native American experience of territorial conquest and cultural resistance; and waves of immigration from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Section Section
Dates
Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
Avail
Seats
Requires
Consent
Credits
01 05/13/2014 -
07/29/2014
Tuesday

04:45PM-
08:00PM
MCB
E207
Laura Prieto Open 14 No 4.00

CAGS Health Professions Educ

HPED 510 - Education Practicum/Preceptorship

Students in this course will develop curriculum materials and demonstrate teaching in diverse settings to students under supervision of a faculty member/preceptor. The settings will include higher degree programs, clinical settings, and/or institutional staff development departments. Students will participate in a weekly seminar that focuses on practice issues, professional skill development, and issues related to theory, practice, and research in nursing education. Learning activities include 16 hours per week in the precepted practicum with an expert teacher/mentor with an interactive web-based seminar discussion. (4 credits)

Section Section
Dates
Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Requires
Consent
Credits
OL 05/12/2014 -
08/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Arlene Lowenstein Open 12 No 4.00
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College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies


Graduate Schools Course Catalogs

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Please note: Simmons College and its Graduate Schools make every effort to ensure that the information contained in their catalogs is accurate and complete. Occasionally, however, changes are made and mistakes are discovered after the catalog has been placed online. Degree requirements may also change because of changes in curriculum, accreditation standards or legal requirements.

If you have questions about a program, especially with regard to the course or training requirements for a particular degree, we encourage you to be in contact with the Dean of the School, the director of the program, or the chairman of the relevant department for definitive information.

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