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Safety and Quality in Health Care (SHP501)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
OUA: S1-external, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and practices of continuous improvement in a range of healthcare settings. Participants will develop an understanding of creative, effective and practical approaches to implementing quality and safety practices in the workplace. As well, evidence-based leadership and change management strategies in the workplace will be explored.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Formulate the concepts of quality, safety and risk management within health care delivery.
2. Communicate the impact of systems and human interactions on the likelihood of errors and adverse events.
3. Establish the processes for managing clinical risk, investigating errors and utilising data to improve patient safety.
4. Determine the opportunities for consumers to contribute to safety and quality in healthcare.
5. Develop the methods and tools that can be used to measure and improve quality of care.
Timetabled Learning Activities Onshore offerings: Lectures/seminars: Online module content delivered at 6 points throughout the semester
Offshore offerings: 12 x 2hr lecture-workshop
Unit Learning Experiences The unit delivery is via external study. Students will use the unit information and learning modules on LMS to guide their independent learning. The unit is divided into six modules that will be studied sequentially over the semester. Each module has several learning activities, required readings and opportunities for interactive on-line discussions with the lecturer and other students. As this is a 3 credit point unit, the student should be working on average 10 hours / week for the 15 weeks of this teaching period (or 150 hours overall).
Assessment The assessment component of this unit includes Quizzes (30%), On-line Discussions (30%) and a Written Report (40%). These assessments allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation skills and application of theoretical concepts to practice. Additionally, these assessments allow students to further develop academic and professional communication skills. Detailed feedback is provided on all assessments in addition to the marking rubrics to facilitate student learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR601 Quality and Safety in Health Care may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: NUR601
2014: 'Quality and Safety in Health Care'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (GradCertHCM)
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (OUA) (GradCertHCM)
Graduate Diploma in Safety Science (GradDipSafetySci) [New in 2017]
Master of Business Administration + Master of HealthCare Management (MBA)+(MHCM) [New in 2019]
Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Melanie Murray
Lecturer Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2156
e: Melanie.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.3.004 - BITL, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S2-External
OUA: S1-External
OUA: S2-External
Dr Melanie Murray
Lecturer Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2156
e: Melanie.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.3.004 - BITL, Murdoch Campus
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