Project Management for Healthcare

MQF Level 7

6 Credits (ECTS)

Project Management for Healthcare

October 2024
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6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

Besides having excellent Leadership skills and good Communication skills, a good manager must also have good Project Management skills.

Change is inevitable and without change a company or business gets stuck in a rut and eventually inevitably die.

In today’s world especially in such a fast changing industry such as Healthcare, a manager needs to be constantly on the alert for these changes and to make sure to plan and foresee such changes. Project Management is a good tool to effect change in a productive and effective manner.

ICT provides a number of useful tools and software which assists managers to track projects, schedule and communicate deadlines.

Additionally, a successful project manager needs to know the industry (in this case private and public Healthcare), carry out budgeting and cost management, communicate effectively with his/her own team as well as plan well to close the project successfully.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • Level 6 degree in a related field; 


  • Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a supervisory or managerial role. 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to the healthcare industry and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management within the sector.  


Target Audience

The programme is mainly targeted at:  

  • Nurses and Midwives; 
  • Nursing Managers; 
  • Ward Managers; 
  • Clinic /Department Managers; 
  • Physiotherapists; 
  • Social Workers;
  • Doctors; 
  • Professionals allied to medicine, such as paramedics; 
  • Staff within the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries; 
  • General Managers without clinical qualifications. 

Module / Unit Instruction

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

  • Face-to-face sessions: 28 hours.
  • Online Learning Activities: 17 hours

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.


a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in the formative assignment.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tool for this module is an essay title or case studies based on relevant real-life scenarios.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10% For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Apply Project Management tools and techniques to administer and manage a variety of projects in own Healthcare organisation.
  • Create an action plan indicating targets, objectives, persons responsible and time frames using the appropriate software and tools.
  • Build a communication plan to disseminate information relating to actions, responsibilities and deadlines to relevant stakeholders.
  • Carry out project risk assessment and costing to ensure that the project is beneficial, successful and within budget.
  • Manage resources and budgets in a responsible manner to avoid incurring unnecessary losses.
  • Identify potential challenges, obstacles and barriers which could hinder the progress of a project and the potential impact on internal and external stakeholders as well as own Healthcare organisation.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Examine aspects of Project Management in Healthcare.
  • Critically analyse processes, tools and techniques in Project Management.
  • Evaluate and critique the Five Functions of Project Management (relating them to Healthcare)
  • Critique the Management Process § Identify the participants in the Project.
  • Critically analyse the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Analyse and evaluate Mind Mapping as a tool in Project Management.
  • Justify the concept of Resource Allocations and Costs.
  • Critically analyse the methods of estimating activity duration.
  • Enumerate Estimated Cost of operations/project.
  • Critically analyse Cost Budgeting and Management for a Project in Healthcare.
  • Critically analyse the Reporting System for the project.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Follow the four basic -step management process when working on project plan.
  • Use the five functions of project management when working on own project.
  • Use the appropriate software tools and techniques to schedule and track tasks.
  • Demonstrate the breakdown structure of the work to give a hierarchal description of the work to relevant stakeholders and team members.
  • Apply tools such as Gantt Charts to monitor the progress of a project.
  • Use PERT charts to evaluate and review the project’s progress.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

The learner will be able to:

  • Determine a specific, standard set of procedures for own project methodology.
  • Determine appropriate course of action/change in course of action based on risk assessments.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Communicate plan of action to key stakeholders during different stages of project implementation.
  • Write up regular reports to document changes, deadlines and disseminate important information as a means of reference.
  • Discuss project ideas with colleagues and superiors to receive feedback and new ideas.
  • Present the different stages of the project clearly and in an appropriate manner.
  • Draw up a Mind Map to organise the information in a visual manner.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Improve personal time management and planning skills in relation to project management.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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