Module code: MANM031

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 1 1000 words 40
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 2 2000 words 60

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module explores the complex management and administrative demands of a modern health system: in particular the demands for effective and efficient management. Its role in the programme is to make application of the general management principles, learned in other prescribed modules, to health care. The module is positioned early in the course so as to allow the student to draw from their own experience in applying theory to practice.  It looks at philosophy, ethics and value attached to health care systems and links this to the organisational structure and management approaches adopted in different settings.

Module aims

The module aims to provide a detailed learning course focused upon the organisational concepts of complexity, values, control, distribution and purchase.

Allow concepts to be operationalised into the management of health services.

Give an overview of policy and policy analysis

Consider social-political influences on resource management

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Debate issues of fairness and value how to commission and provide health care at national and local level C
2 Debate the complexity of the healthcare landscape C
3 Understand control and resourcing mechanisms of health care systems K
4 Understand the implications of a range of health care policies on the philosophy and delivery of care K
5 Have an overview of different global health systems  K
6 Understand the importance of research and evidence in the practice of management and in particular across health care systems T
7 Appropriately apply general management principles to the job of managing and leading services with a focus on health care services and systems T
8 Understand a range of complex adaptive systems T
9 Demonstrate how management can improve the quality of care to patients and clients in health care systems P
10 Appreciate and evaluate the need for dynamic change within the contemporary health services, social service and voluntary sector provision of care P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Overview of health service functions and structures

Philosophy and values in health care

Health care policy

Central control, markets and the Third Way

Funding health care

Markets, regulation and competition

Acute care

Reforming hospital provision

Modernising health service provision

Primary care and exploring primary care groups globally

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to facilitate an understanding of aspects of health care systems.  The teaching and learning methods include:

Lectures (3 x 11 weeks)



Self-directed reading

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a deep and critical understanding of aspects of current health care systems including modernisation and funding approaches. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

two written assignments that allow students to apply the areas covered within the lectures to real life situations

Assignment One (1,000 words) is due in mid-term (middle November) and Assignment Two (2,000 words) is due end of the semester (end December). The first assignment is short to enable students to test out essay writing and receive detailed feedback before embarking on the elucidation of more complex ideas.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be given structured formative feedback in a timely fashion to facilitate their learning. Feedback is given via a detailed written assessment, in class (overall comments to everyone) and via one to one tutorials. 

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.