SCU OnlineStudy Period 1,5Study Period 1,5

Unit description

Offers the contextual, organisational and personal insights needed for healthcare professionals to lead and manage in the healthcare system, in addition to the specific discipline or professional skills and knowledge of their own health vocation. Students will learn how to understand and accept individual differences, develop teams and cope with the power and politics of organisations. The contemporary complexities and dilemmas of healthcare provision in a constrained operating environment will be addressed. 

Unit content

  • Setting the context: the health care system
  • Theories of management in health care systems
  • The genesis of leadership theory
  • Challenging leadership, its nature and alternatives
  • Diversity: being ‘different’ in the health care system
  • Change, innovation and the future of health leadership and management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • Gopee, N & Galloway, J, 2017, Leadership and Management in Healthcare, 3rd edn, Sage, London.

Study Period 5

  • Gopee, N & Galloway, J, 2017, Leadership and Management in Healthcare, 3rd edn, Sage, London.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 weeks)
Discussion board10%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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