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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Healthcare Governance (pre-Sept 2009 entry)

Academic Year: 2015/16

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Healthcare Governance
Programme code BSPT56
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty-six calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Entrance Requirements to the programme are:

i)              possession of a degree or equivalent

or

ii)         possession of the academic requirements for corporate membership of

a British Chartered professional institution;

or

iii)         hold any other relevant qualification and experience approved by the University.

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:34:11 BST

1. Programme Aims

This multi-disciplinary Postgraduate Programme in Healthcare Governance is aimed at professional healthcare managers, those wishing to move from another field within healthcare and those working in specialist management areas wishing to broaden their expertise.

The programme is delivered as a series of short courses for part-time study and aims to:

  • Provide a current view of governance in healthcare encompassing both organisational issues and specialist areas. It particularly focuses on the integration of governance into strategic and operational planning for the provision of a high quality health service;
  • Develop participants knowledge, increase job competencies and develop professional potential; and
  • Suit the needs of working professionals who do not have an opportunity for full-time study.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Programme conforms to the benchmarks published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in respect of Masters awards in business and management in 2002. Specifically the programme meets the requirements of a specialist programme for career development in that it is intended to prepare health professionals for a specialist career pathway.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The framework of governance in healthcare will be taught by means of short lectures, group work and discussion with examples of systems and structures being given by the lecturers.
  • Tools and techniques used in healthcare governance will be taught by means of lectures, case studies and syndicate exercises.
  • Governance principles and practice relevant to the healthcare sector will be taught by means of case study analysis, lectures and group work.  The emphasis in this element will be upon enabling the students to develop critical thinking in respect of the application of general principles to particular situations.
  • Systems and healthcare governance will be taught by means of lecture and case study review. An overview of systems theory in healthcare will form an integral part of the teaching of this element.
  • Research methodology will be taught by means of lectures, group work and syndicate discussions. The essentially individual nature of research undertaken by students will necessitate the support of much of the formal teaching by guided study and reading and individual work within the tutorial sessions.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Identify methods for establishing an effective and integrated governance system. This will be taught by means of lectures and group work including the analysis of case study materials and presentation of results
  • Assess a range of risk assessment tools and select the most appropriate for use in given situations will be taught by means of short lectures and analysis of case study materials.
  • Critically analyse healthcare governance issues and present possible intervention strategies will be taught by means of short lectures, cases study analysis group work and syndicate exercises.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of any interventions this will be taught by means of lectures and short presentations, case study analysis and group work. The emphasis will be upon the development of a critical facility that will enable the selection of the most appropriate criteria for intervention evaluation.
  • Guided reading and encouragement to use on-line data sources will also serve to enhance the attainment of all of these intended learning outcomes.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Produce governance and related policies for their organization will be taught by means of lectures and guided discussions, group work and short presentations
  • Use a range of risk assessment tools and carry out risk assessments within their own organization this will be taught by means of lecture, case study analysis and other group work.
  • Devise and maintain systems for the collection of data on untoward incidents will be taught by means of lectures and case study review. Students will be encouraged to examine and evaluate the data collection systems within their own organization. This will be reinforced and supported within the tutorial sessions
  • Develop effective risk control strategies for healthcare will be taught by means of group work and discussion, short lectures and case study evaluation. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of systems that are both robust and cost-effective.
  • Design a research tool appropriate to healthcare governance management will be taught by means of lectures, group work and guided reading. This will be supported by individual guided study facilitated by means of the tutorial sessions.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Establish management systems will be taught by means of lectures, group work and discussion and case study analysis. Guided reading will reinforce learning
  • Communicate with a range of stakeholders will be taught by means of case study analysis and discussion , group work (including videoed group work), role play and short lectures.
  • Motivate others to take action will be taught by means of lectures, case study analysis, group discussions and role play
  • Present technical and complex concepts in a form which is understandable to managers will be taught by means of case study review, group work, role play and short lectures.
  • Use information and communications technology appropriately in acquiring analyzing and communicating information will be taught by means of demonstrations, short lectures, group work and guided reading. Students will be encouraged further to access on-line data sources
  • Develop research skills, including data collection and analysis will be taught by means of lectures, group work, case study analysis and guided reading. This will be enhanced and reinforced through tutorials

4. Programme structure

4.1   Modules

           

 

Modular Weight

BSP671

Clinical Governance

20

 

BSP672

Corporate Governance in Healthcare

20

 

BSP673

Managing Healthcare Performance

20

 

BSP674

Systems of Healthcare Governance

20

 

BSP675

Healthcare Risk Management

20

 

BSP676

Research Methods in the Business of Healthcare

20

 

BSP677*

Masters Project

60

 

 

 

 

* by distance learning

 

4.2  For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate candidates must have accumulated 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must complete BSP671 to BSP673. 

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma candidates must have completed modules with a total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, candidates must have completed BSP671 to BSP676.

Candidates, who having completed the full Certificate programme elect to transfer to the Diploma programme, will be required to complete a further 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must have completed BSP674 to BSP676.

Candidates must also have accumulated at least 100 credits and achieved module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a total module weight of 20.

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all of the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits from BSP677, the Masters Project. 

 

5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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