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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Offers the contextual, organisational and personal insights needed for healthcare professionals to lead and manage in the healthcare system, in addition to the specific discipline or professional skills and knowledge of their own health vocation. Students will learn how to understand and accept individual differences, develop teams and cope with the power and politics of organisations. The contemporary complexities and dilemmas of healthcare provision in a constrained operating environment will be addressed. 

Unit content

  • Setting the context: the health care system
  • Theories of management in health care systems
  • The genesis of leadership theory
  • Challenging leadership, its nature and alternatives
  • Diversity: being ‘different’ in the health care system
  • Change, innovation and the future of health leadership and management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the broader system, organisation and group (team and unit) context in which their particular professional occupation or discipline is set and relate it to existing theory Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
2 summarise and evaluate the extant body of knowledge on leadership and management Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
3 reflect on interpersonal skills as a leader and/or manager Knowledge of a discipline
4 apply existing theory and research to the work setting Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 critique existing theory and research and challenge prevailing paradigms, world views, values and taken-for-granted ideas Intellectual rigour Ethical practice
6 apply an evidence-based approach to leadership and management in health Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the broader system, organisation and group (team and unit) context in which their particular professional occupation or discipline is set and relate it to existing theory
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. summarise and evaluate the extant body of knowledge on leadership and management
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. reflect on interpersonal skills as a leader and/or manager
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply existing theory and research to the work setting
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critique existing theory and research and challenge prevailing paradigms, world views, values and taken-for-granted ideas
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  6. apply an evidence-based approach to leadership and management in health
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Gopee, N & Galloway, J, 2017, Leadership and Management in Healthcare, 3rd edn, Sage, London. ISBN: 9781473965027 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.