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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)


Department: Health [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap None.


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To examine various theories about how management is conceived and enacted within organisations, how the conception of management influences assessment of organisational and clinical performance, how particular structures and processes become institutionalised within organisations.


  • Instrumental approaches
  • Arena approaches
  • Organisational culture
  • Structure and action in organisations
  • Organisational institutionalism
  • Application of these to the NHS
  • Overview of NHS management history
  • Changing patterns of working and organising in society and the NHS

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A critical understanding of the:
  • Various theories of organisational management
  • Processes of institutionalisation within organisations
  • How these have developed within healthcare providing organisations and what this means for integrating clinical and organisational work
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Critically assessing the structures and processes associated clinical and organisational concerns;
  • Analysing the profession-based culture change issues that are likely to arise in implementing new management strategies within a clinical setting and its organisational context
Key Skills:
  • The ability to think critically and creatively and to argue coherently;
  • The capacity for sustained independent work and learning at an advanced level and the ability to learn through reflection on practice and experience;
  • The ability to think independently, including problem-solving ability and the ability to discriminate and use judgement.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures - Provide the main means for communicating key concepts and theories
  • Tutorials/seminars - Allow students to work through application of concepts to practice in more detail promoting analysis of theory and reflection on its application
  • Case studies/role plays/simulation games - Provide experiential based learning to assist students to arrive at new insights into the practical applications of theory.
  • Structured reading - Allows students to pursue topics in greater detail enabling both familiarity with key texts and a deeper understanding of the subject knowledge generally
  • Independent study, research and analysis - Focuses student knowledge more deeply by pursuing aspects of the module that are of special interest to themselves and their workplaces
  • Presentations provide opportunities to develop oral and written skills in communicating clearly in an interprofessional manner.
  • Written assessment - provides the means assessing students' understanding and ability to marshal arguments and present them in a written format in a sound and convincing fashion.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 weekly 1 hr 10
Tutorials/seminars (Case studies/role plays/simulation games to be used in conjunctionwith tutorials) 10 weekly 1 hr 10
Structured reading 10 sets weekly 3 hrs 30
Independent study, research and analysis student determined student determined 100
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: written assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
essay 3000 100%

Formative Assessment:

presentation plus 1500 word essay to tutorial groups

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University