Health Administration (HADM) 235

Introduction to Health Administration (Revision 2)

HADM 235 Cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: ADMN 232, ADMN 233 or ENGL 255, COMM 243, ACCT245 or ACCT 250, CMIS 245, PHIL 252, HADM 339 and HADM 399 should be taken prior to HADM 235.

Precluded Courses: HADM 235 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for APST 235.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

HADM 235 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Health Administration 235: Introduction to Health Administration is a project course that students normally take following completion of prerequisite courses. The project components, which help consolidate students’ learning, are submitted and stored in an e-Portfolio.

The activities and assignments in HADM 235 help students to situate themselves within the field of health administration and in the Health Administration program. Self-reflective activities help students identify and build on their strengths and address limitations. They develop a personal learning plan that will serve as a guide as they strive to meet the program outcomes and their specific learning goals related to their areas of interest.

Students in HADM 235 will self-assess educational goals in relation to their previous learning and experience and their future educational and professional goals. The development of a research paper on a topic in health administration helps students strengthen their library skills, research skills, and scholarly writing skills.


Students will work through the following steps toward completion of their project.

  • Step 1: Getting Started
  • Step 2: Foundations: Reflections on the Program
  • Step 3: Annotated Research Bibliography
  • Step 4: Research Paper Outline
  • Step 5: Research Paper and Project Completion


To receive credit for HADM 235, you must achieve a D (50 percent) or higher on each evaluation activity. The weighting of the course grade is as follows:

Activity Weight
Assignment 1: Narrative Reflection and Learning Plan (Step 2) 30%
Assignment 2: Annotated Research Bibliography (Step 3) 25%
Assignment 3: Research Paper Outline (Step 4) 15%
Assignment 4: Research Paper (Step 5) 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course is comprised of a combination of online resources and academic support. There is no course package.

Course Information

This Course Information provides essential information specific to the course and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.

Student Manual

The Student Manual provides essential generic information about studying at Athabasca University and outlines the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.

Learning Contract

The Learning Contract, along with your tutor, will guide you through the process of fulfilling the requirements of the course.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HADM 235 challenge registration, students must complete all required components, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent).

Activity Description Weighting
Part 1 Annotated Research Bibliography 25%
Part 2 Research Paper Outline 25%
Part 3 Research Paper 50%
Total   100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, February 4, 2016.