SYSTEMS THINKING AND LEADERSHIP

PHE5STL

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Whether dealing with public health issues or trying to improve the performance of a hospital, many of the issues are complex, seemingly embedded within a web of interconnected and often contested causes. Push on one part of the system and something changes to counter the good work. Complexity is often used as shorthand for intractability. In this subject we consider if systems thinking provides the insights needed to grapple with complexity. Systems thinking is interested in the parts of a system and the connections among those parts, the structures established as a result of those connections and the behaviours those structures allow or discourage. Students examine the notion of systems, as an object of study and a way of thinking that changes the way we might look at health problems and work towards their solution, the language of systems, and its concepts, and some of the methods used to define issues, build consensus for action, and evaluate strategies to address problems.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlan Shiell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Readings

Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A practical guide

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AuthorReynolds M, & Holwell S.

Year2010

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PublisherSpringer

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The Systems Thinking Playbook

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorSweeney LB & Meadows D.

Year2013

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PublisherChelsea Green

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Systems science and population health

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AuthorEl-Sayed & Galea

Year2017

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PublisherOxford University Press

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Employ systems concepts to contemporary public health / health management problems and illustrate how these concepts might alter the approach we take to improving health.
02. Discuss selected systems methods, identify their purposes, determine how they could be used in practice to improve decision-making.
03. Assess situations and recommend the best systems methods for analysing, understanding and addressing the problem.
04. Compare and contrast different types of leadership and critique their role in addressing complex public health / health management challenges.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlan Shiell

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 2.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

4 mini exercises (1,500-words equivalent)Covers understanding of basic concepts and methods, and the format allows for rapid feedback as subject unfolds

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Paired group work (1,000-words equivalent, per student)Demonstrate how to apply one of the covered systems methods to acontemporary health issue.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2, SILO3

Written report (3,000-words)High quality written paper on the insights offered by systems thinking

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlan Shiell

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 2.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays at night from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Scheduled online tutorial

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

4 mini exercises (1,500-words equivalent)Covers understanding of basic concepts and methods, and the format allows for rapid feedback as subject unfolds

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Paired group work (1,000-words equivalent, per student)Demonstrate how to apply one of the covered systems methods to acontemporary health issue.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2, SILO3

Written report (3,000-words)High quality written paper on the insights offered by systems thinking

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

City Campus, 2021, LTU Term 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlan Shiell

Class requirements

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 2 - 7
Two 2.00 h scheduled online class per week on weekdays at night from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via online.
Conducted online via zoom

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 2 - 7
Two 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend at night from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via online.
Online via LMS

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

4 mini exercises (1,500-words equivalent)Covers understanding of basic concepts and methods, and the format allows for rapid feedback as subject unfolds

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Paired group work (1,000-words equivalent, per student)Demonstrate how to apply one of the covered systems methods to acontemporary health issue.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2, SILO3

Written report (3,000-words)High quality written paper on the insights offered by systems thinking

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4