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NUR8060 Health Policy Analysis and Review

Semester 2, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Anne-Marie Goes
Moderator: Cheryl Ross


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MNRS or PDEV or MNSG or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


The organisation of health care at any level has its origins in the historical, political, economic and socio-cultural influences that shape the development and implementation of health policies. It is important that health care managers, educators and senior clinicians understand and are able to respond in an informed manner to the shifts and changes in health policy that impact on the delivery of health care at any level within their community.


This post graduate course focuses on health policy from the perspectives of history, development, critical analysis and review. It will facilitate the student to develop an understanding of how health policies are developed and how they impact on both the delivery and the receipt of health care. Students will be guided in how to conduct a critical evaluation and review of a health policy utilising a Policy Analysis Framework. Using this analysis, students will then develop recommendations to improve the structure and application of the policy to health care outcomes.


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

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the difference between a policy, a protocol and a procedure;
  2. Define health policy and articulate how historical, political, economic and socio-cultural influences can shape the development and implementation of health policy at any given level;
  3. Identify the basic concepts of policy analysis and critically analyse a health care policy that impacts on the student?s area of practice using a policy analysis framework;
  4. Apply the results of this policy evaluation and review to develop recommendations for health policy change to improve health care outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. MODULE 1 ? Health policy history and development 50.00
2. MODULE 2 ? Policy analysis and review 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no set text for this course. Students are advised to access relevant materials from appropriate government and professional sources.

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
Assessments 20.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT OUTLINE 10 10 07 Aug 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the student?s responsibility to study all the 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 50% for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 aggregate of the weighted grades 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 USQ electronically on the course Study Desk. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday, such as a Show Holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover sheet the date of the public holiday. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the submission date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with the Faculty of Sciences and USQ regulations an Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. Such requests must be made to the Examiner before the due date and must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation.

  3. Students must use the assignment templates (.doc documents) provided on the course Study Desk for electronic submission of assignments. The templates include an assignment Cover Sheet and Marking Criteria and must be submitted in a Microsoft Office Word 2007 compatible format.

  4. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  5. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing style required in this course for continuing students. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format the 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 available from:
    For new students APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA ) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

  6. Students will require access to email and internet access to UConnect for this course.