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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MA218
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 – 3000 words


Individual Assignment – 1500 words


Module Overview
This module sets out the complex demands of health care systems, 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 a health setting. The module is positioned so as to allow the student to draw from their own experience in applying theory to practice and to build on the health care systems module.
Module Aims
The module aims to provide a detailed learning course focused upon the resource concepts of 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 the health service organisations
  • 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 the health service
  • understand the importance of research and evidence in the practice of management in health services
  • demonstrate how management can improve the quality of care to patients and clients in health services
  • appreciate and evaluate the need for dynamic change within the contemporary health service, social service and voluntary sector provision of care.
Module Content
  • Models of resource management – health care rationing
  • Health economics – evaluation techniques
  • Evidence based practice
  • Barriers to putting evidence into practice in health care
  • Funding health services
  • Use of taxation, social insurance, and private insurance in funding health care
  • Use of league tables and targets to monitor effectiveness
  • Labour – flexibility, costs and control
  • Information for health care management
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

Walshe K, Smith J (2006) Healthcare Management. Buckingham: Open University Press

ISBN: 033522119X

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