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Introduction to leadership and management

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This unit of study introduces students to leadership and management in the modern Australian health care system. Theoretical ideas around management, leadership, organisations and change management are introduced. Students will reflect on organisational culture, teamwork and motivation. The student will be asked to apply theoretical ideas to practice and to the workplace through practical exercises. The opportunity for deeper learning occurs as students study contemporary economic, social and political issues that influence the Australian health care system.

Introduction to leadership and management

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 1

Prescribed text:

Robbins, SP and Judge, TA 2016, Essentials of organizational behavior, 13th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow, UK, Global Edition.

Co-ordinated by: Ashley Page MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Australian Health System and Organisational Structure

a) Describe the political and social influences on the Australian health care system 

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 3



Theme 2: Leadership and Management

b) Critically analyse different organisational structures

Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Organisational Culture and Motivation

c) Discuss the differences between leadership and management

Assessment 3 Reflective essay (2500 words)



Theme 4: Groups, Teamwork and Change

d) Critically analyse the values, skills and knowledge relevant to leading and managing




Theme 5: Planning, Conflict resolution and Negotiation

e) Examine motivation theories in the context of effective leadership




Theme 6: Power, Politics and Current issues in health.

f) Evaluate the application of theories of change to leading and managing





g) Reflect on and develop their own leadership and management skills 





Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.