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Leadership in Health Care (SHP511)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S1-external, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to leadership in diverse health care environments. It explores the complexities and challenges of strategic leadership, and examines theoretical and contemporary evidence based practice perspectives within the context of the Australian Health Care System and current research. The relationships between leadership, strategic planning , health workforce development and organisational outcomes are discussed. This unit is suitable for health professionals working in leadership and management roles, and those aspiring to do so.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss leadership theory, team development theory, and the role of leaders and teams in the context of health care.
2. Analyse and describe leadership ethics, integrity, emotional intelligence and core competencies for effective leaders.
3. Evaluate the role and function of leadership in strategic planning, stakeholder management and workforce development, and the relationship with organisational outcomes.
4. Analyse and explain the relationship between leadership and operational and strategic risk, and leadership and lean thinking.
5. Apply leadership theory and current research in practice, and critically reflect upon practice to improve skills and performance.
6. Further develop academic and professional communication and writing skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities 12 x 2hrs Lecture Workshop - Dubai only
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is designed for adult learners and incorporates self-directed learning activities within a supportive online learning environment. The unit is divided into twelve weekly modules, each providing a short overview of the topic, learning outcomes, and direction to reading and other online resources. Learning activities are provided to facilitate reflection, analysis and in-depth understanding. Online discussion is encouraged to promote collaboration and peer learning.
Other Learning Experiences External: No attendance required.
Assessment The assessment components of this unit include three Online Discussion Forums (30%) Oral Presentation (30%), and Essay (40%). Assessment in this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation skills, critical reflection and application of theoretical concepts to practice. Additionally, these assessments allow students to further develop with academic and professional communication skills. Detailed feedback is provided for all assessments (except the Quiz) to facilitate student learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR611 Strategic Leadership in Health Care may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: NUR611
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (GradCertHCM)
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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