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ANP8003 Management in Health Care Practice

Semester 1, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Cheryl Perrin
Moderator: Roslyn Reilly


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MNRS or MNRH or PDEV


Healthcare professionals in specialist and/or advanced practice positions are integral to the quality leadership and management of health care and health care facilities. It is important that they have knowledge of the leadership and management strategies and techniques needed to achieve effective healthcare outcomes.


This Masters level course provides healthcare professionals with the opportunity to reflect on the leadership and management aspects of their role and apply theoretical knowledge to the realities of leadership and management practice in health care.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by critically examining leadership, management and organisational theories and identifying how these may be adapted and applied in healthcare practice
  2. critically evaluate management policies and practices and recommend areas for improvement and change within their organisation in the areas of resource management, provision of healthcare services, and change management
  3. Develop their own style of leadership and management relevant to their area of healthcare practice


Description Weighting(%)
1. Leadership and Management Theories and their application to advanced nursing practice. 25.00
2. Organisational Theories and their application to the context of advanced nursing practice. 25.00
3. Resource management including human resource planning, cultural diversity, care delivery strategies, and information management. 25.00
4. Change management including Change Theories, implementing planned change, and dealing with conflict. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Ellis, JR & Hartley, CL 2009, Managing and co-ordinating nursing care, 5th edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Yoder-Wise, PS (Ed) 2007, Leading and managing in nursing, 4th edn, Mosby Inc, St Louis.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 120.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LEARNING OUTLINE 10 10 25 Mar 2011
1500 - 2000 ESSAY 40 40 29 Apr 2011
2000 - 2500 ESSAY 50 50 03 Jun 2011

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 40% of the marks available for items 1 & 2 and 50% for item 3.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment will apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Evaluation and benchmarking

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation.