Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Joy Penman



  • First semester 2016 (Flexible)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Flexible)


The unit gives nursing graduates a program which combines a strong theoretical and practical focus to health management and leadership. Topics on management and administration include: power, authority and politics; leadership; people in health service organisations; change and organisational effectiveness; quality improvement; governance and clinical risk management.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse extant theories of leadership and management
  2. Compare and contrast concepts of leadership and management
  3. Critically analyse the impact of the theoretical concepts of leadership and management to quality patient outcomes
  4. Examine the impact of health policy on nursing management
  5. Critique extant theories of power and their application to health care settings
  6. Appraise the characteristics of effective organisations through the use of continuous improvement strategies
  7. Critically analyse theories of change management and their application to health care settings.


Written assignment 1 (3,500 - 4,000 words) (30%)
Written assignment 2 (5,000 - 6,000 words) (50%)
In class or online presentation (20%)

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