Course Outline

NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice

Course Coordinator:Judy Munday ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2023Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you examine principles and practices of leadership and practice in healthcare. You will investigate principles and approaches to leadership and examine how these are translated into practice across healthcare from global to local, levels. You will critique the impact of clinical leadership on client and patient care and outcomes as well as the work environment and workforce. You will have the opportunity to develop as change agents and promote quality healthcare in your workplace.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials. 4hrs Week 1 4 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online Tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Information session – Zoom drop in sessions 1hr Week 2 11 times

Course Topics

Leadership theory

• Leadership in healthcare

• Clinical leadership and clinical management

• The influence of clinical leadership on patient outcomes, work environments and staffing

• Challenges in clinical leadership

• Developing leaders and leadership

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Critically appraise leadership approaches and practices in healthcare settings. Knowledgeable
2 Critically evaluate the relationships among, leadership, patient outcomes, clinical environments and workplace culture Sustainability-focussed
3 Evaluate clinical leadership within a context specific healthcare context. Creative and critical thinker
4 Identify strategies for developing leadership Engaged
5 Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing. Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC514, SC546, SC723 or SC742


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The first two assessments are subject to peer review prior to the final grade being assigned. Prior to the last assessment an online workshop will be held where content and approach can be canvassed and feedback received prior to final submission.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Essay Individual 50%
2000 words
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 50%
3000 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Task 1
To provide a critical analysis of a health professional’s clinical leadership approach/es within a specific healthcare context.
Product: Essay
You will select a leadership style/approach that embodies effective clinical leadership within your clinical healthcare environment. You will write an essay in which you: 
1.	Provide a descriptive narrative of the clinical environment in which you are employed (e.g. aged care, cardiac ward, emergency department, public health). 
2.	Identify, critically analyse and justify which leadership approach may be appropriate for your clinical environment.
3.	Discuss and provide clinical examples of the expected impacts/influence of this leadership style on patient outcomes, the work environment and workforce behaviours 
4.	Discuss challenges that may impact the use of this leadership style and practice on leadership approach and practices
No. Learning Outcome assessed
A leadership style appropriate for the clinical environment is identified, analysed and justified.
An analysis of the impact of clinical leadership on patient outcomes, the work environment and workforce behaviours is evident.
A comprehensive discussion surrounding the challenges to effective clinical leadership is provided.
4.	Application of the principles and practices of academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline. Ethical use of intellectual property.
1 2 3 4
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property.
All - Assessment Task 2:Reflection
Using Gibbs reflective model, you will write a reflection to identify and describe leaderships styles, to evaluate and analyse their use within the clinical environment and to reflect on and develop your own leadership capacity.
Product: Written Piece
Please use a heading to indicate the sections of the Gibbs Reflective model. 
Step 1 Description (250 words)
Critically describe your leadership approach and subsequent practices within your healthcare discipline and specialty prior to completion in this course.
Step 2 Feelings (250 words)
Identify and describe how you and the healthcare team felt because of your leadership style and practices. 
Step 3 Evaluation (750 words)
Evaluate your clinical leadership within the broader healthcare context, within your discipline and your specific healthcare specialty. 
Step 4 Analysis (750 words)
Critically analyse the relationship between, your leadership, patient outcomes, clinical environments and workplace culture
Step 5 Conclusion (250 words)
Conclude your reflection and determine appropriate leadership practices. 
Step 6 Action Plan (750 words)
Identify SMART goals for your future as a clinical leader and provide evidence based tangible strategies you will employ to developing/improve your clinical leadership.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Apply a reflective practice model to critically describe and self-appraise your ability as a leader and the leadership you have experienced.
Evaluate clinical leadership within the broader healthcare context, within your discipline and you specific healthcare speciality.
Critically analyse the relationship between, leadership, patient outcomes, clinical environments and workplace culture
Identifies future learning goals and delineates a comprehensive action plan for professional clinical leadership improvement.
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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