module specification

SH7001 - Management of Health and Social Services (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24, but may be subject to modification
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Management of Health and Social Services
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
64 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
100 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100% 50 Essay
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

 This module has been designed to enable students to critically analyse the importance of good leadership management in contemporary Health and Social Care settings. Students will explore issues related approaches to leadership and management in the context of ongoing change within the sector. Key concepts in leadership and management will be examined in light of contemporary research, policy and theory.


 Contemporary theories of leadership and management
Contemporary health and social care policy, practice and ethical issues
Social values and professional issues
Cultures and users’ rights and needs
Health and Social care policy and organisational
Theories and skills in team work, communication, decision making and conflict resolution
The application of theories of group and team dynamics, emotional intelligence

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

A blend of formal classroom and online learning (4:1) will provide students with core guidance; This will be enhanced by structured and guided student-led learning activities. Reflection on learning and development will be integrated throughout the formal and informal aspects of delivery.

The approach to teaching is based on facilitating the application of concepts, methods and principles to practice-related contexts, and students’ integration of learning in relation to real world scenarios. This approach to teaching aims to develop students’ ability to think critically about data and evidence, and to draw appropriate inferences in accordance with the stated learning outcomes.

The above teaching methods will be complemented by students’ independent study on the module. Students will be required to read, on a weekly basis, recommended chapters in the core textbook, or to access other relevant educational material.

The module will be using WebLearn - guidance will be given during the module about how to best use this. It is designed to support students learning providing access to wider reading and resources to help to prepare for each session e.g. websites, policy documents and articles and or to revise and deepen knowledge after sessions e.g. lecture notes. Students are encouraged to use other learning resources such as the Library and Academic Mentors and WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the various theoretical approaches to leadership and management in health and social care settings
2. Critically evaluate organisational and policy contexts in relation to the delivery of health and social services
3. Critically analyse the effects of different leadership and management approaches and contexts on patients, clients and services
4. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of recent leadership and management developments related to emotional intelligence, leadership styles and other contemporary perspectives

Assessment strategy


Students will be encouraged to submit a 1,000-word formative assignment related to the final assignment. This will provide the opportunity for feedback.


A 4000-word essay which analyses and debates the application of leadership theory to a setting relevant to the students area of practice or interest within the context of contemporary policy and service delivery


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