SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B523853
Module Leader Nadia Northway
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module is designed to be completed in parallel with placement modules. It develops the understanding of business practices within the organisation and the impact of these on staff, patients and healthcare costs to the State. With the cooperation of the organisation with which the student is placed, means of developing the effectiveness and efficiency of an organisation will be investigated. The module builds from the knowledge and skills gained in Investigating Business Practice in Healthcare, or any equivalent module. Whilst recognizing the constraints of statutory and professional bodies, the module allows the emerging professional to explore and evaluate innovative and creative development in practice.


Self directed learning. Governance in action. Legislation, policy and practice. Contextual issues for operational management. Identifying, investigating and evaluating evidence based and effective practice issues in the practice setting. Constructing an evidence-based practice plan. Searching for and critically reviewing literature/evidence. Levels of evidence. Evaluation of professional practice and process. Development and research. Development of management skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to: By the end of the module students should be able to:1) Select and justify an area of practice of an organisation in which to develop a quality improvement project to improving performance, or to maintain current performance under adverse circumstances in the areas of:- Staff behaviours- Patient expectations- Patient behaviours- Healthcare costs2) Explain cost-benefit implications of policy changes from an organisational perspective3) Explain cost-benefit implications of policy changes from a patient perspective4) Explain cost-benefit implications of policy changes from a healthcare perspective 5) Present an analytical and critical report in an accepted reporting format6) Discuss a quality improvement plan in an area of healthcare practice7) Critically evaluate the processes undertaken

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Using previously acquired understanding of the area of healthcare management practice under investigation, and information and support provided by the healthcare provider, students will further develop their understanding of the practical implications of policies on workforce, patients and healthcare costs to the level of producing a practice development plan. The online and mobile device environment will be used to support the student throughout the module. In addition to GCU support, there will be designated support tutors from within the placement organisation.

Indicative Reading

Company/Organisation literature, manuals and websites (supplied by placement) Web resources (indicative): <>

Transferrable Skills

Organizational, survey, time-management, investigational, IT and report writing skills. High order skills in management policy and operation.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 93.00
Directed Learning 107.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 10.00 35% Preliminary report/strategy plan
Course Work 03 n/a 65.00 35% Evaluation report 3000 words
Course Work 01 n/a 25.00 35% Discussion group contributions