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Human Factors: The Impact on Patient Safety (SHP602)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
OUA: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The study of Human Factors provides understanding of human characteristics and applies this to improving the design of machines, systems and team environments to reduce the likelihood of error in health care.
This unit examines cognitive and behavioural characteristics that make humans error prone. Strategies to improve the human-machine interface and human to human interactions will be identified and examined. The unit focuses on achievable ways of using human factors to build defences into the healthcare system to protect patients.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Establish the principles of Human Factors and the role of Human Factors in the prevention of errors in healthcare delivery
2. Communicate the cognitive and behavioural characteristics of humans that make humans error prone in relation to working environments and machinery & technology
3. Develop strategies using human factors knowledge to decrease risk of errors occurring in the areas of medication administration, teamwork & communication, clinical handover and clinical deterioration.
Timetabled Learning Activities Dubai: 2 hours weekly tutorial
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit delivery is via internal (TNE only) and 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).
Other Learning Experiences External: No attendance required.
Assessment The assessment component of this unit includes Online Quizzes (30%), Discussion boards (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 marking rubrics to facilitate student learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR602 Human Factors: The Impact on Patient Safety may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: NUR602
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (OUA) (GradCertHCM)
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: S2-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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