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Postgraduate Course: Project Management for effective Global Public Health Programmes (GMED11099)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaGeneral Courses (Medicine) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThrough this distance learning course students will gain an understanding of effective management methods and how to apply them to public health projects in global health programme contexts. Students will learn core managerial skills such as financial reporting, effective communications, business planning, and developing fundamental budgeting skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 2 (Sem 1), Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Online Activities 50, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 40, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Other Study Hours 15, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 50 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. a) Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of the principles of public health project management
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the current policy and practice issues, and the systems and structures that determine how projects are constructed
- Demonstrate an awareness of the key research approaches and challenges for project management
- Explain the organisational factors influencing technology use and adoption
- Be cognizant of the principles of effective Human Resource management

2. (b) Professional skills
- Construct basic budgets and create variance reports
- Design and Develop business plans and strategy plans.
- Understand the processes required for working with and across organisational and professional boundaries to develop multidisciplinary
- understand and implement he processes whereby public health projects can become financially and programmatically sustainable post-donor funding
- Apply the principles learned to professional action

3. c) Transferable skills
& Application of problem-solving skills to a variety of professional and practice situations and management of own learning and development
& Understanding and application of the basic principles of strategic planning process and the creation of definable action orientated metrics
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. This will include a group exercise and a management report. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme
Special Arrangements
This course will be taught by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment WebCT/ Learn 9 as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Principles of public health project management
Principles of effective Human Resource management
Performance management processes and reviews
Budgets and variance reports, business planning and strategy setting
Processes whereby public health projects can begin to become financially and programmatically sustainable post-donor funding.
Transferable skills Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
& Understanding of the concepts management
& Ability to understand and interpret budgetary documents
& Training to undertake advanced independent research
& Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Skills and abilities in Communication
& Fluency and experience in analysis and in writing in different styles including budgets, essays, technical report, policy documents, briefings)
& Presentation and group work skills
& Ability to develop, deliver and contribute to complex arguments

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
& Organise time
& Ability to work alone or as part of a group
& Work to deadline and under pressure
& Professionally produce and edit written material
& Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Technical/practical skills
& Peer review skills
& Ability to evaluate complex thinking and writing
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern A 10 week distance learning course Students are expected to spend up to 10 hours per week carrying out readings and practical applications. Specific group and individual tasks will be set every week.
KeywordsGlobal Health, Project management, business management and budgeting
Course organiserDr Liz Grant
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