AHS-2990: Special Topics in Health Careers ( Online | Spring 2018 )

Download this syllabus as a PDF Document.

Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Jennifer C. Randle

Instructor Rank

Adjunct Faculty

Instructor Email jcrandle@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

Ah 106 Union

Instructor Phone

901-333-5400--LEAVE Messages

Course Information
Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of selected topic(s) related to aspects of health occupations  to promote an understanding of  how social and political forces  shape health care issues. Writing and language skills are integrated in this course.   Quoted or paraphrased content must be indicated by APA references in the presentation and in the bibliography.

Student Learning Objectives


Upon completion of this course, the student will: think and work independently and creatively; make inquiries and express ideas clearly and logically; argue and debate while respecting the ideas of others; intellectually develop and professionally present reports; use computer-assisted research and presentation; and, make informed decisions about careers in healthcare and allied professions.

Requirements: The student must meet the following conditions and must be admitted to this course by permission of the instructor:

  • Freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class or those with an ACT composite of 27 or higher (SAT of 1100).
  • Any student who maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Students not meeting the above requirements may be provisionally admitted by submitting two letters of recommendation from university faculty members, or, in the case of an entering freshman, from two high school teachers.

See requirment above.

Instructional / Learning Methods
  • Tutorials and Samples in course content
  • Teacher evaluation of final paper construction.
  • Teacher evaluation of language skills from student responses to posted discussion forum topics  and paper.
  • Take advantage of all learning resources both on-line and campus
  • Organize yourself so that you alot study time.
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Guidelines for Writing refer to:

The Little, Brown Handbook. by H. Ramsey Fowler, Jane Aaron, Ninth Edition, Longman Publishing ISBN: 0-321-10350-5 This book is currently “on reserve” in the Southwest Tennessee Community College Library.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation


10  Outline (Submit via Dropbox.)

10  Introduction -Must include strong thesis statement.- (Submit via Dropbox)

40   Discussion Forum Responses (Five (5)assignments @ 8 points each) 

40   Final Paper (Submit via Dropbox)

 Possible points = 100


Grading Scale

Grade of  A        100 - 90

Grade of  B         89 - 80

Grade of  C         79 - 75

Grade of  D         74 - 70

Grade of  F       Below 70

Major Assignments

Special interest assignments (topics) of current interest in the Healthcare field will be posted on the PAWS (D2L) course site. Each assignment (topic) contains instructions and a due date. All assignments (topics) must be posted on or prior to the published due date. No late assignments (topics) will be accepted. Failure to submit the required feedback file through PAWS (D2L) will result in no feedback for the assignment.

Reflections on discussion forum topics must not exceed 80 words, not less than 50 and must be submitted via the Discussion Board on or prior to the published due date on the Course Calendar.  Postings that exceed 80 words will, automatically lose (-2) points, for not following instructions. No late submission will be accepted

Used Spell CHECK, use correct grammar.  You will be graded on spelling, capatilzation and punctuations.  Following instructions is very important.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Since this is an online course, each student is responsible for finding the necessary time to complete the required assignments.  Set aside time weekly to ensure completing and posting your reflections on the discussion forum topics which is 40% of your final grade. You will be required to post meaningful, relevant contributions to the discussion forum in response to the various topics. Please be aware, this course starts the first day of classes each semester

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

After you chose a topic for your paper, submit it to the instructor for approval. Wait for approval BEFORE you move to next stage of each part of paper.   The length of the paper must be not  exceed  four (4) pages, double-spaced, with references in APA style.  Papers that exceed 4 (four)  pages will loose signifanct points.  Paper cannot be less than 3 pages.  Outline MUST BE ONLY one (1) page.

Follow instructions.  Use spell and grammar check.  You will be graded on both.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates

This information updated August 25, 2017 by jcrandle

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.