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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 service management from the strategic management and planning perspective. Factors from the internal and external environments which impact contemporary health services are critically explored. Pertinent health issues from these environments are used to exemplify the principles of strategic management and planning.

Unit content

  • Overview
  • Health service management in practice
  • Strategic management process in health services
  • Environmental factors influencing health care management
  • Strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation in health services
  • 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 environmental factors on health services and their management
3 critically analyse and evaluate a range of skills and attributes relevant to being an effective health service manager
4 identify strategic issues in health care and formulate and implement strategic management plans in relation to them
5 apply strategic management principles to the management of health services and consider their impact
6 incorporate the principles of justice and equity into planning and management of health services

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
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. analyse and evaluate the impact of the environmental factors on health services and their management
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. critically analyse and evaluate a range of skills and attributes relevant to being an effective health service manager
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. identify strategic issues in health care and formulate and implement strategic management plans in relation to them
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. apply strategic management principles to the management of health services and consider their impact
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. incorporate the principles of justice and equity into planning and management of health services
    • GA3:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Ginter, PM, Duncan, WJ & Swayne, LE, 2018, The strategic management of health care organizations, 8th edn, John Wiley & Sons.

  • Ginter, PM, Duncan, WJ & Swayne, LE, 2018, The strategic management of health care organizations, 8th edn, John Wiley & Sons.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.