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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Leadership & Management in Modern Healthcare
Module Code MT5244
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sriteja Reddy Wudaru
Semester 2: Sriteja Reddy Wudaru
Autumn: Susan Kent
Module TeachersSriteja Reddy Wudaru
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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The main aim of this module is to equip nurses and midwives with necessary and advanced knowledge of leadership and management topics required to contribute to the development of their workplace. The students will learn the basic theories of organisational management, both classic and contemporary, which will enable them to understand how to manage resources and capabilities, understand agency and stakeholder relationships, and get introduced to the basics of organisational strategy. The module also focuses on professional leadership accountability (being a leader and an epitome of efficiency at their workplaces), enhancing the services in their particular specialist areas (to be able to voice their opinions and concerns and instill change in their workplace), negotiations and consensus building (dynamics around psychological safety at workplace and interactions amongst colleagues), and critical reflection (independent learning and improvement of the self, including social identity work, through interactions, mentoring and collaborations). As the leaders of the future, students will also be introduced to the different dimensions of sustainability, ethics, equality and inclusivity. A major part of the module focuses on managing and achieving organisational change to meet the demands of the future and act as leaders in teams and groups. The module ends with a look beyond organisational boundaries, at how healthcare and non-healthcare institutions collaborate for a sustainable future and the role of healthcare during crises.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse the various dimensions of healthcare management, the challenges healthcare sector faces in the future and the mental models required to address them.
2. Utilise specialist knowledge and skills of their own expert areas in conjunction with that of management and leadership for both decision making and judgment.
3. Engage in independent evidence based research, critically synthesis, appraise, evaluate and integrate knowledge from multiple sources and exemplify clinical decision making based upon this knowledge.
4. Exhibit ability to develop their professional practice beyond the current scope of practice by showing, throughout the course, an increased capability to scrutinize, evaluate and challenge the existing paradigm, through critical thinking, communication skills, and proactivity.
5. Demonstrate responsible leadership in healthcare practice in general.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study72Independent Study: 72 hours
Lecture18Lecture: 18hours
Online activity10Online activities: 10 hours
Group work15Group work: 15
Tutorial10Tutorial: 10
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
Planning and organising in a healthcare context. Motivating, control and coordination at specialist and management levels. Working with power and influence. Skills of negotiation and stakeholder management. Navigating complex relationships + Managing uncertainty and ambiguity. Making decisions and health care policy. Recognising and responding to business opportunities in a healthcare setting. Developing a management and leadership mind-set.

Indicative Activity
Class will be delivered over one semester. Participants will be given readings and exercises to prepare for each class. Live lectures will enable participants to engage in case discussions.

Reading List
A number of articles will be recommended for each topic. Additionally, articles from online resources, case studies and videos will also be recommended. The likes of the following journals may provide supplementary reading material and are the primary sources to be used for theoretical material in assignments. Leadership Quarterly Leadership & Organization Development Journal of Organizational Behaviour Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology Journal of Management Journal of Management Studies Journal of Applied Psychology Journal of Managerial Psychology European Journal of Work & Organisational Psychology Journal of Change Management Personnel Psychology Human Relations Harvard Business Review Sloan Management Review

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizMCQ exam each week.10%Every Week
Group assignmentGroup assignment, recorded and uploaded on Loop, in groups of 3.40%Week 12
AssignmentComplete written assignment addressing all learning outcomes.45%Week 12
Reflective journalA short write up on the personal growth of the student.5%Week 7
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

    Other Resources

    49928, 2020, State of the Worlds Nursing report, https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240003279, 49929, 2021, State of the Worlds Midwifery report, https://www.unfpa.org/publications/sowmy-2021, 49930, 2021, The Future of Nursing report, https://www.nap.edu/download/25982,
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