Imagine that you are a first-line manager of a department in a relatively small hospital located in a semi-rural area

Assignment 1 (Discussion Board)

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Discussion Question #1:

 

1)  Imagine that you are a first-line manager of a department in a relatively small hospital located in a semi-rural area. For many months there had been rumors of a possible merger with another semi-rural hospital half again the size of yours located about 12 miles away. Both administration and the board of directors had been declining to comment on the rumors although it was apparent that some kind of negotiations were underway. In about mid-November all managers were officially notified that the merger would take place effective the first of January. The two hospitals were to become a single corporate entity with two locations, and functions and services would be consolidated wherever practical. Describe in detail the possible effects of the merger and all that it entails on you and your position.

2) It is stated in the chapter that the three ways of getting employees to implement change are:Tell them what to do; Sell them on what must be done; and Involve them in determining the substance and direction of the change. For each of the three means, describe an instance in which it is a preferred or even essential approach and an instance in which it is an inappropriate or perhaps even harmful approach.

 

3) If you were hiring a new employee in your work unit, how would you rank the importance of the following qualities?  That is, how much weight would you assign to each in making your decision? Explain.

· Personal values (ex. work ethic and integrity)

· Individual intelligence

· Conscientiousness in performing the job

· Some employers use integrity tests as part of the screening process.  Are there problems with integrity tests? Can you test for integrity?

· If you were a work unit supervisor, which of the following do you think is more important to improving organizational performance?  Explain.

· Encouraging employees to participate in work and organizational decisions

· Setting clear, challenging work goals

· As a manager you realize the supervisors who report to you make errors when they rate their employees (e.g., too lenient, rate everyone the same, etc.).  You notice a consultant is offering a training session on how to avoid appraisal rating errors.  How successful do you think such a course would be in eliminating these errors?

· As a supervisor, if you asked or surveyed your employees about the importance of pay as a factor in making job decisions, do you think employees would over-state or understate its value to them?

In order to receive full credit you must give complete and detailed answers for all Three (3) questions. You should have a minimum of 2 references (only 1 reference can be the textbook,the other references should be from outside credible sources).  Follow APA guidelines. Respond to a minimum of 2 classmates post by Sunday, September 23rd by 11:59pm.

Guidelines for Discussions

Keep in mind that your discussion forum postings will likely be seen by other members of the course. Care should be taken when determining what to post.

THREE posts are required for each module discussion. Make your first initial post by Thursday and your next post (responses to other students’ posts) by Sunday. Make sure that you post both responses to the discussion board forum by Sunday 11:59pm (EST).

To earn full points for each week’s discussion, you need to meet the following criteria:

Post initial post by Thursday and respond to classmates by Sunday. I encourage you to try to post on non-consecutive days so you can take part in the discussion in the beginning, middle and end of the week. This will ensure that you do not miss out on any important information.
Check your grammar and spelling before posting.

Add quality comments and new information to help further the discussion. Avoid “I agree” comments
Reference web sites, articles, journals, etc. (Post your source!)
Share your experiences as they relate to the topic.

Please think carefully about your response before you post. Your experiences may be very helpful and interesting to all of us. However, be sure that you also back up your posts with factual information from the text (when it applies to the question) or other sources.

Module Discussion Grading Criteria: (15% of your overall grade)

· Thoroughly answered the question(s): 50 points are possible. A thorough answer will consist of complete sentences, and will address the question while drawing from the text or other credible source. A post that only has one-two sentences is not thorough and does not earn 50 points. Original post to the discussion must be received by Thursday 11:59pm (EST) to receive full credit.

· Correct APA formatted references: 10 points are possible. Please use your text (when it applies to a discussion) or any other credible reference to support your answers, and be sure to cite your sources correctly, following APA guidelines.

· Respond to TWO classmate: 30 points are possible. (max of 15 points per response to your classmate). Your responses must be respectful, substantial (include supporting details and facts), and will address your classmate by name. In addition, ask questions to further your understanding of the post or to promote further discussion. Make sure you support your response by using references. Your post must be substantial (include supporting details and facts) to back up what you are saying. Responses must be received by Sunday 11:59pm (EST) to receive full credit.

· Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation at the College Level: 10 points possible

· Total Points Possible: 100 points

Discussion grading rubric:

Criteria              Levels of Achievement

  Poor Fair Good Excellent
  20 Points

Response did not include complete sentences and did not draw from the text and other credible sources. The response did not address the majority of the questions set forth in the instructions.

30 Points

Response includes complete sentences and draws from the text and other credible sources but does not address all of the questions in the instructions.

40 Points

Response includes complete sentences, addressing each question set forth in the instructions but did not draw from the text and other credible sources

50 Points

Response includes complete sentences, addressing each question while drawing from the text and other credible sources.

  0 Points

Student was too critical in their response, and/or they did not provide a substantial response and/or it was not supported by details and facts. The student did not address their classmate by name or pose any additional questions to promote further learning.

5 Points

Student’s response was respectful and addressed the student by name. However the response was not substantial and/or did not reference supporting facts and details. The student did not pose any follow up questions to their classmate.

10 Points

Student responded respectfully and substantially to classmate’s post by addressing him/her by name. Student also did one or the other; posed questions within their response to further the discussion or utilized supporting details and facts.

15 Points

Student responded respectfully and substantially to classmate’s post by addressing him/her by name. Student also did both of the following; posed questions within their response to further the discussion and utilized supporting details and facts.

  0 Points

Student was too critical in their response, and/or they did not provide a substantial response and/or it was not supported by details and facts. The student did not address their classmate by name or pose any additional questions to promote further learning.

5 Points

Student’s response was respectful and addressed the student by name. However the response was not substantial and/or did not reference supporting facts and details. The student did not pose any follow up questions to their classmate.

10 Points

Student responded respectfully and substantially to classmate’s post by addressing him/her by name. Student also did one or the other; posed questions within their response to further the discussion or utilized supporting details and facts.

15 Points

Student responded respectfully and substantially to classmate’s post by addressing him/her by name. Student also did both of the following; posed questions within their response to further the discussion and utilized supporting details and facts.

  0 Points

Response does not comply with APA formatting, and does not include a minimum of 2 credible references using in-text citations.

4 Points

Response does not comply with APA formatting. Student listed references but did not cite in-text. If student did cite references in-text, several errors were noted.

8 Points

Response complies with APA formatting with few errors and includes 2 credible references and in-text citations.

10 Points

Response complies with APA formatting, including a minimum of 2 credible references and in-text citations.

  0 Points

Spelling/Grammar/ Punctuation contains excessive errors and is not at the college level

4 Points

Spelling/Grammar/ Punctuation, while at the college level, contains several errors.

8 Points

Spelling/Grammar/ Punctuation contains few errors.

10 Points

Spelling/Grammar/ Punctuation contains minimal to no errors.

PowerPoint Grading Rubric

Content

60 Percent

Points Available

60

Points Earned Additional Comments:
· Review Assignment in Canvas for more details      
Organization/Development

20 Percent

Points Available

20

Points Earned Additional Comments:
· The PowerPoint is 12 to 15 slides in length.

· The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.

· The conclusion is logical, flows, and reviews the major points.

     
Mechanics

20 Percent

Points Available

20

Points Earned Additional Comments:
· The presentation—including tables and graphs, headings, title page, and reference page— is consistent with APA formatting guidelines and meets course-level requirements.

· Intellectual property is recognized with in-text citations and a reference page.

· Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed; spelling is correct

     
  Total Available Total Earned  
  100    

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