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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Examines health services management from the strategic management and planning perspectives. Factors from the internal and external environments which impact contemporary health services management will be critically examined. Pertinent health issues from these environments will be used to exemplify the principles of strategic management and planning.

Unit content

Topic 1 Strategic issues and health service management 
Topic 2 The role of the health service manager 
Topic 3 Health service management in practice 
Topic 4 The strategic management process in health services 
Topic 5 The internal factors influencing health care management 
Topic 6 The external factors influencing health care management 
Topic 7 Strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation in health service management 
Topic 8 The management of change in health services.

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically evaluate the concept of strategic management and the use of a strategic management model
2 analyse and evaluate the impact of the external environment on health services and their management
3 analyse and evaluate the impact of the internal environment on health services and their management
4 incorporate the principles of justice and equity into planning and management of health services
5 identify strategic issues in health care and formulate and implement strategic management plans in relation to them
6 apply strategic management principles to the management of health services and consider their impact
7 analyse and evaluate the process of change in health service management.

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

  1. critically evaluate the concept of strategic management and the use of a strategic management model
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. analyse and evaluate the impact of the external environment on health services and their management
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  3. analyse and evaluate the impact of the internal environment on health services and their management
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. incorporate the principles of justice and equity into planning and management of health services
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  5. identify strategic issues in health care and formulate and implement strategic management plans in relation to them
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  6. apply strategic management principles to the management of health services and consider their impact
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  7. analyse and evaluate the process of change in health service management.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5: