NURSING 7217 - Concepts of Leadership and Management in Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course will explore contemporary issues related to leadership and management necessary for a registered nurse. All nurses have leadership and to some extent management responsibilities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7217
    Course Concepts of Leadership and Management in Nursing
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online, 1 hour x 6 sessions. Face to Face weekly compulsory sessions for international students as per ESOS compliance.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Master of Clinical Nursing students only
    Course Description This course will explore contemporary issues related to leadership and management necessary for a registered nurse. All nurses have leadership and to some extent management responsibilities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Morgan Smith

    Dr Morgan Smith
    Dr Lynette Cusack
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Discuss key structural factors that shape leadership decision making in the healthcare system.
    2. Reflect on personal leadership strengths and weaknesses in relation to the RN role to improve practice.
    3. Analyse how nursing leadership can influence healthcare policy to impact healthcare outcomes.
    4. Integrate knowledge of the Australian healthcare system to influence quality care.
    5. Theorise how nursing leaders can influence a positive workplace culture.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 3 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2 3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 2 3 4 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Day GE & Leggat SG. 2015, Leading and Managing Health Services an Australian perspective. Cambridge Univeraity Press,
    Port Melbourne.

    Willis E, Reynolds L & Keleher H. 2016, Understanding the Australian Health Care System, 3rd edn, Elsevier, Australia.
    Online Learning
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access
    to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If
    you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the
    Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information
    about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

    UNIFIED is your one-stop shop for email, calendar, MyUni and Access Adelaide.
    It even allows you to search the Library.
    UNIFIED is available to all active students; with a single login you can access
    your student systems and personal information through a central website. Login
    with your Student ID ("a1234567") and Password.

    For more information, including easy to follow instructions visit

    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use
    the library and its resource (

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Each week students will have theoretical and practical work to complete.
    Readings will be accompanied by explanatory text and exercises to aid student understanding around difficult concepts or to draw their attention to the most important points.
    Classroom sessions will be used to explore leadership issues and foster personal reflection.
    Online resources focus on foster learning and enhancing communication with the teaching team and other students.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging
    appropriately with the course requirements.

    It is expected that you will need to invest about 156 hours of study over the semester to
    successfully complete this course. It is recommended that you plan your time
    commitment for the course at the beginning of the semester.

    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is designed to assist you to develop the leadership related theoretical knowledge necessary for a registered nurse early in their career.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment 1.  Assignment. Formative. 0%
    Assessment 2. Assignment. Summative. 60%
    Assessment 3. Essay. Summative. 40%
    Assessment Detail
    Further information on assessment will be available on Canvas and in the course guide.
    Assessments are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on, or before, the due date
    identified in this Study guide. An assessment submitted via MyUni
    must be submitted as a .doc or .docx file. It is also important to submit your file under your name,
    such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against
    your filename once you submit your assessment. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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