Module title: Innovation and Change Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11900
Module leader: Simon Sikora
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Innovation for Practice

Currently enrolled on a Master's Programme in Health or Social Care.

2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: PRAGUE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Simon Sikora
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The purpose of this module is to develop students’ critical skills and knowledge – in order to empower them effectively to embrace innovation, and implement change in their own working environment.
The module incorporates student’s prior learning and experiences on the subject matter. Students will develop a range of core skills essential for effective leadership and change management practice within contemporary health and social care organisations including: planning change; collaborative working; critical thinking; critical reflection; influencing; problem solving and decision-making. IT proficiency, and other skills for developing personal and professional effectiveness will also be supported. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their communication skills (verbal, reading and written) throughout the module.
The learning and teaching strategy incorporates an optional one-week intensive programme combined with on-line learning materials. The intensive programme provides an opportunity to explore the module topics within a face-to-face setting and working in groups to explore key themes and issues within a health and social care context. All activities may also be completed online through interactive lectures and activities. The group dynamics will facilitate a sense of community and collaborative learning bringing together student experiences in the area of innovation, leadership and change management.
The LTA strategy will be supported by Reppu (Moodle hosted by Lahti University of Applied Science for all shared DOCMAN modules), which provides access to the University’s virtual learning environment and learning support systems. Students will be provided with learning materials to develop their knowledge and skills through on-line media. This includes (but is not limited to):
• the module handbook
• guided reading, articles and activities for each of the module units
• on-line discussion fora
• videos, podcasts

The module will be organised into core units that will enable students to critically analyse each topic area and reflect upon their own practice, and also that of organisations within health and social care settings. Students will be encouraged to contribute to on-line discussions and share knowledge through scheduled tutor-led discussions at key points.

The implementation will focus on four areas:

Part 1: Theoretical knowledge on innovation, change management and leadership
Part 2: Evaluation of personal leadership style and related learning needs
Part 3: Application of change and leadership theory to practice in social and health care organisations
Part 4: Innovation in social and health care management

The module is designed to provide students with underpinning knowledge, understanding and debate surrounding contemporary issues and practices in the relevant areas.
Students are required to complete pre module reading and formative assignment to prepare them for class interaction - throughout the module they are encouraged to find their own examples to illustrate differing national practice.

Formative Assessment:
Group work in class relating to development of group presentation.
Use of learning diary to map learning against outcomes, and as a tool for reflection and planning
Self-assessment of personal leadership style – using a recognised tool.

Summative Assessment:
Assignment 1: Group Presentation / Learning diary
During the Intensive lecture week (week 1), students will be required to deliver a short group presentation relating to their learning around Innovation, Change Management and Leadership. Students will also be required to complete a learning log (diary), which addresses the application of the learning outcomes (LO 2 and 4). This will include details of the learning activities that they have undertaken and how this has contributed to their leadership and change management development. (Included in this will be to undertake a self-assessment of personal leadership style – using a recognised tool.) This reflective account of their learning experiences will also require the student to integrate evidence from literature and apply this to demonstrate the transfer of knowledge to practice.

Assignment 2: Plan of Change
Assignment 2 will require students to develop a plan around a client-focussed change, relating to their own social or health care organisation. This will require students to critically engage with the theoretical background and research-based knowledge on leadership, innovation and change management in social and health care management. They will need to plan the change and hypothesise around its application. LOs 1, 3 and 5 will be demonstrated through this assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 15
Online Guided independent study 35
Independent Learning Guided independent study 120
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 20 2 & 4 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Learning Log 20 2 & 4 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Project - Written 60 1, 3 & 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Innovation in social and health care; leading change; organisational culture and practice; PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act); quality improvement; professional leader; leadership; influencing; change management

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1. Critically engage with key theories of innovation, leadership and change management in contributing collaboratively to organisational innovation and effectiveness
LO2. Critically reflect on how effective leaders foster and influence an innovative culture within their organisations
LO3. Critique relevant current literature to explore the impact of leadership approaches and their effects on innovative practice in health and social care
LO4. Evaluate their personal leadership style and its impact within the health and social care environments
LO5. Examine the potential impact of introduction of a client-focussed change to their working environment

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