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Financial Management in Health Care (SHP639)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and practices of health care funding and how this translates to financial management in a range of health care settings. Students will develop an understanding of effective and practical approaches to financial management and how this is linked to organisational strategy and sustainability. The unit explores financial management in healthcare at the strategic funding level, the organisational level and at the manager level.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Develop leadership strategies in order to develop financial management skills in the workplace, through application of applied learning to discussion topics, activities and assignments.
2. Explain how political, corporate and clinical complexities impact on financial management.
3. Use sound financial knowledge to be able to develop projects and analyses outcomes and long term sustainability.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of budgeting, financial reports and cost benefit analysis.
5. Apply contemporary financial management principles to decision making.
6. Explain the impact of poor quality health provision on financial systems and budgets.
Timetabled Learning Activities External: No attendance required.
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 directed learning activities. The unit is divided into 10 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. There are also online discussion fora to promote collaboration and peer learning.
Assessment The assessment component of this unit includes a Short Essay (25%), Online discussion fora (35%), Project Proposal (40%). Assessment in this unit is used to provide opportunity 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 their academic and professional communication skills. Detailed written feedback is provided on the essay, discussions and project proposal to facilitate learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR639 Financial Management in Health Care may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: NUR639
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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
Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2530
e: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.058 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
OUA: S1-External
Miss Martinique Sandy
Part time Teaching

e: M.Sandy@murdoch.edu.au
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