HEALTH SERVICE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

PHE5HSR

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to financial management in health services, in particular, systems of finance and budgeting. Topics covered include accounting principles, the analysis and interpretation of financial data and quantitative performance data for management control, and basic techniques of quantitative decision making and operations research for dealing with health service resource utilisation decisions. Students are also introduced to costing and casemix funding.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSandra Leggat

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAccounting: Business Reporting for Decision MakingRecommendedBirt, J., Chalmers, K., Beal, D., Brooks, S., Byrne, S., Oliver, J.JOHN WILEY & SONS, 2008 (2ND ED).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand and apply basic principles and conventions of accounting, such as relevance, reliability, materiality and timeliness

Activities:
Working with financial statements assignment

02. Critique the performance of a health service organisation using the five major accounting categories of assets, liabilities, owner's equity, revenues and expenses

Activities:
Working with financial statements assignment

03. Distinguish between the information provided through a balance sheet, a profit and loss (or income) statement and a statement of cash flows and analyse these financial statements to provide commentary on a health service organisation's performance.

Activities:
Working with financial statements assignment

04. Explain the difference between cash and accrual accounting and argue the implications for managers in the health sector.

Activities:
Online activities and blog postings

05. Prepare and defend budgets for their organisations or departments and apply the basic principles of management accounting. Demonstrate skills in product costing.

Activities:
Budgeting, costing and casemix assignment

06. Analyse relevant data to support a capital budgeting decision.

Activities:
Budgeting, costing and casemix assignment

07. Critique the implications of the different methods of financing health service organisations, such as activity based funding.

Activities:
Budgeting, costing and casemix assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSandra Leggat

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 32 - 42
Two 3.5 hours workshop per study period during the day from week 32 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These two (week 32 and week 42) face-to-face workshops are optional."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"A flexible online learning package equivalent to three hours contact per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blog postings in peer group (Equivalent 1,000 words)Students are required to comment on a relevant financial issue in healthcare and provide comment on at least two of their group members' postings.10 01, 04
one 2,000-word written assignment45 01, 02, 03
one 2,000-word written assignment45 04, 05, 06, 07

City Campus, 2018, Winter semester, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSandra Leggat

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 27 - 27
Three 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 27 to week 27 and delivered via blended.
"Three hour lecture workshop."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blog postings in peer group (Equivalent 1,000 words)Students are required to comment on a relevant financial issue in healthcare and provide comment on at least two of their group members' postings.10 01, 04
one 2,000-word written assignment45 01, 02, 03
one 2,000-word written assignment45 04, 05, 06, 07