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Strategic Health Leadership and Management (SWM519)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge on leadership and managerial approaches pertaining to health care organisations. Lectures will be delivered by both academics and guest industry leaders. The overall objective is to introduce students to issues in healthcare leadership and management in Australian and global health industries, as well as developing appropriate competencies to work effectively in health organisations. The unit aims at developing essential strategic health leadership for effective management of health services and projects.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Integrate the styles and attributes of effective health industry leaders
2. Examine the hierarchy of strategic and tactical perspectives in the context of health care organisations
3. Analyse fundamental theories of health leadership and management: trait, skill, style and situational approaches to management
4. Apply knowledge and practice to reflect about themselves as potential managers: Given who I am, and can become, what kind of manager am I likely to be? What can and should I do to prepare myself for a job as a manager - and at what management level(s)?
5. Demonstrate high-level analytic skills to meet the demands of complex health industry challenges, and develop appropriate knowledge and skills for leadership and management. 6. Enhance abilities in outlining the need for different forms of team work activities and understand the relationship between structure and processes
7. Exhibit effective communication skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and in group co-operation, collaboration and reflection
Unit Learning Experiences The Unit's lectures are structured along the following questions: Lectures 1-4: Do you know yourself? (i.e. developing personality and behavioural characteristics which augur well for appropriate strategic health leadership); Lectures 5 - 8: Do you know the business? (i.e. scope of the health industry; major contemporary challenges of health industry leaders, e.g. health finance and efficiency savings) Lectures 9 - 12: Do you know the rules? (i.e. Public Health Acts as well as legislative and ethical contexts of health care; issues related to organisational policies and structures; concepts of governance).
Assessment 1. Annotated Bibliography (maximum 1500 words) 20%
2. Group Case Study/Policy Analysis (maximum 3000 words) 30%
3. Presentation on CS/PA 30%
4. Participation/Engagement 20%. The Unit Coordinator is available to provide guidance and feedback on appointment basis or before/after class.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level award.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (GCHAPL) [New in 2015]
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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 Ana Rita Sequeira
Lecturer in Health Policy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6260
e: A.Sequeira@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.005 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Ana Rita Sequeira
Lecturer in Health Policy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6260
e: A.Sequeira@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.005 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
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