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NS5341 - Business and Finance for the Health Manager

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject provides the student with tools and skills needed to assume effective business and financial management functions. Health care is a business, and health managers must be able to manage their units in a fiscally appropriate way. This subject will explore topics such as building, understanding and monitoring budgets; accounting tools; capital investment management; and reporting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify challenges for financial managers in a healthcare context;
  • Apply the principles of financial information and control to healthcare administration;
  • Recognise and interpret the types of budgets used in healthcare settings;
  • Identify and apply key accounting principles, terms and language;
  • Interpret the information contained in basic financial statements to formulate conclusions about financial performance, financial position, liquidity, and risk of firms in the healthcare sector.


JCU Online, External, Study Period 83
Census Date 16-May-2019
Coordinator: Dr Helena Harrison
Lecturers: Dr Narelle Biedermann, Dr Tracey Ahern, Dr Helena Harrison, Dr Susan Edwards, Ms Penny Harris.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - Online accelerated program, 10 hours/week for 6 weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU
Assessment: assignments (20%); analysis (30%); business plan (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.