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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Fin. & Operational Mgmt in Modern Healthcare
Module Code EF5183
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Noel Hayes
Semester 2: Noel Hayes
Autumn: Noel Hayes
Module TeachersNoel Hayes
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This purpose of this module is the enhancement of the financial and operational management capabilities and skillset necessary for modern healthcare excellence. Drawing on practical insights, and implementable techniques, the module focuses on financial and operational perspectives to deliver successful healthcare projects. The approach adopted draws heavily on direct knowledge of healthcare procedures, and learning focuses on case-based study, group projects, and individual challenges and reflective pieces to build practical knowledge of the procedures of most relevance to healthcare professionals. An additional focus is on the coming developments in both the financial and operational space that will impact on decision making in this space.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critical analyse and appraise the core financial and operational processes in healthcare settings
2. Demonstrate advanced levels of articulation of healthcare excellence projects with a practical understanding of the financial and operational processes that need to be managed in achieving that project
3. Critically analyse and demonstrate through reflective practice in portfolio on their own project experiences and how these experiences could have been improved through active management of the financial and operational project aspects - development of this reflective work will contribute to the end organisational development project
4. Using critical skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation, articulate their knowledge of current financial and operational healthcare systems, and draw critical comparisons between current and upcoming systems

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture13Lectures: 13 hours
Seminars15Seminars: 15 hours
Independent Study72Independent study: 72 hours
Online activity10Online activities: 10 hours
Group work15Group work: 15
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
Understanding the financial and operational manager mindset Current financial systems for healthcare Current operational systems for healthcare Legal and compliance aspects of financial and operational systems Hands-on experience with financial and operational systems How health care policy communicates financial and operational aspects Implementing a project with excellent financial and operational process perspectives Handling under-resourced projects The next generation of health care financial and operational systems Recognizing and responding to business opportunities in a healthcare setting

Indicative Activities
Class will be delivered over one semester. Participants will be given readings and exercises to prepare for each class. Practitioner talks will be a critical component of participant engagement

Reading List
A number of articles will be recommended for each topic. These will be based on practitioner media, and some academic articles where appropriate. As this is intended as a practical module, most of the readings will be financial and operational handbooks from healthcare systems, and public health policy documents. Some textbooks will be noted but are not the main focus of the learning approach.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentDevelopment of a group assignment that will be presented to the class and marked with part peer-to-peer assessment50%Week 8
AssignmentComplete written assignment addressing all learning outcomes50%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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