Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Health Service Management

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Health Services Management

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will comprise of a series of lectures and independent study seeking to inform the students about the principles of Health Services Management. The students will be exposed to different approaches and methods in management and leadership. This study-unit will provide the basis from which the students may progress in their professional career.

Study-unit Aims

This study-unit aims to:

• Expose the students to different management and leadership skills;
• Develop skills in students on how to manage themselves and others;
• Analyse different managerial schools of thought;
• Provide students with knowledge regarding organisational management;
• Understand change management and resistance to change.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Describe the principles of management related to Health Care;
2. Explain the roles of the manager/leader in the health care setting;
3. Discuss the internal and external environment within health care organisations;
4. Recognise the functions of an organisation including communication flow;
5. Define and identify change agents and resistance to change.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Implement various management skills giving due consideration to different managerial schools of thought;
2. Understand the concepts of corporate, financial, human resources management, marketing and operations management, strategies and strategic analysis.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Hellreigel, D., & Slocum J.W. (2008) Principles of Organisational Behaviour 12th Edition, Ohio, USA

Bell Buchbinder S & Shanks NH (2007) Introduction to Health Care Management, Massachusettes, USA


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Tanya Melillo
Andrew Xuereb

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