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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MA120
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MACFARLANE F Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Individual Assignment - 3500 words


Individual Assignment - 1500 words


Module Overview
This module explores the complex management and administrative demands of a modern health system: in particular the demands for effective and efficient management. Its role in the programme is to make application of the general management principles, learned in other prescribed modules, to health care. The module is positioned early in the course so as to allow the student to draw from their own experience in applying theory to practice.  It looks at the philosophy of health care systems and links this to the organisational structure and management approaches adopted in different settings.
Module Aims
The module aims to provide a detailed learning course focused upon the organisational concepts of philosophy, logistics, control, distribution and purchase.  These concepts are operationalised into the management of a health service unit.  Issues of productivity and organisational change stem directly from the effective use of resources.  The course also includes the social-political influences on resource management.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the control mechanisms of health care systems
  • Understand the implications of a range of health care policies on the philosophy and delivery of care
  • Debate the issues for commissioning and providing health care at national and local level
  • Appropriately apply general management principles to health care systems
  • Understand the importance of research and evidence in the practice of management in health care systems
  • Demonstrate how management can improve the quality of care to patients and clients in health care systems
  • Appreciate and evaluate the need for dynamic change within the contemporary health services, social service and voluntary sector provision of care
Module Content
  • Philosophy of health care
  • The Central control, markets and the Third Way
  • Health care policy
  • Markets, regulation and competition
  • Partnerships in health care
  • Primary care and exploring primary care groups
  • Structures and functions of health care providers
  • Managing professional, quality and clinical governance
Methods of Teaching/Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to facilitate an understanding of aspects the complex management and administrative demands of a modern health system and in particular the demands for effective and efficient management. The teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lectures
  • U-Learn
  • Seminars
  • Self directed reading
  • Discussion
Selected Texts/Journals
Mahon A, Walshe K, Chambers N (2009) A Reader in Health Policy and Management. Maidenhead: Open University Press
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