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HME710 - Health Management Practicum


2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Sandeep Reddy
Trimester 3: Sandeep Reddy
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in M703 to enrol in this unit


Completion of at least 10 units from the MBA (Health Management), of which at least 4 must be ‘H’ coded.

Must have course WAM equal to or greater than 70.



Incompatible with:

MWL701, MWL702, MWL703, MWL704

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.


Limited preapproved placements are available for enrolled students but the selection process is competitive.

Placements in self-selected organisations need to meet Unit placement criteria.

Please contact the Unit Chair to enrol into this unit and discuss details of your placement


This unit provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in their course while developing further skills by undertaking a project located at a host workplace within the health sector. Students identify and negotiate a specific issue in the host workplace, use skills gained from previous units to explore and analyse the issue, and propose a solution. It develops skills in problem identification, research, information gathering, analysis, project management, negotiation and communication. Students who are currently working within the health sector may apply to undertake the Health Management Practicum in their usual place of work. Where appropriate, the Practicum may be undertaken as a team.

The unit requires approximately 120 hours (unpaid) work in the host organisation and approximately 25 hours work on assessment tasks. The Practicum does not normally involve any patient interaction and does not require AHPRA registration although this might be a requirement of some projects with specific organisations. Similarly, some projects could require a Criminal Records Check, a Working with Children Check and/or a non-disclosure agreement.  

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Analyse workplace practice and management to identify problems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving


Critically evaluate observed health management practice against management theory.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Propose an appropriate solution to a health management practice problem taking into consideration opportunities for innovation/creativity and the practicalities of implementing it.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


Critically appraise the Practicum experience regarding their skills and goals as well as the broader needs of the health sector.

GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Practicum Project Proposal 1,000 words 20%
  • Week 1
Assessment 2: Reflective journal 1,000 words 20%
  • Week 4
Assessment 3: Post-placement report 3,000 words 60%
  • Week 7

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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