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HSC2052 - Management in the health sector

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: TBA


Not offered in 2007


This unit provides an introduction to management theory and its application to the health and social care sector. The unit begins with self-management and working with other people and helps the student apply these principles to the management of others (individuals and groups). The unit will introduce students to the broad framework of management in the health sector, with particular attention to human resource and financial issues, comparing management practices in the public and private sectors. Finally, students will gain an appreciation of project management and change management these are skills they will be able to explore further through elective options in third year.


By the completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. describe the evolution of management theory and show how this is reflected in current management practice in the health and social care sector;
  2. apply self-management principles and extrapolate from these principles to managing others as groups or individuals;
  3. apply basic principles of resource management (human, financial and infrastructure resources) to a series of problems and scenarios;
  4. compare management in the public, private and volunteer sectors and in large organisations versus small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs); and
  5. integrate principles of self-management and project management to develop a personal development project plan.


Written report on personal development project plan: 10%
Examination (short answer questions): 30%
Essay (3500 words): 60%
Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials