HSM500 Advanced Management Practice (32)

Students will work in a team acting as a virtual management consultancy on a managerial project identified by a host health organisation. The host health organisation will be identified along with several potential project topics, and the student team will negotiate within the team their initial approach to the consultancy task. The team will need to adopt a variety of roles, following that consultation, to produce a proposal for the consultancy, outlining the expected roles and tasks required to complete the consultancy, the roles allocated to individuals, and the proposed milestones. A short period of negotiation is undertaken to confirm the deliverables, including milestone reports, between the student team, subject coordinator/s and the host organisation representatives. Students are expected to draw on the knowledge, skills and abilities that have been developed in completing the eight core subjects prior to enrolling in this capstone learning experience. The host organisation will determine the project they wish to engage the student team on, and an agreed timeline will be proposed for the submission of an Expression of Interest before the actual project commences. The student team will be expected to self-manage and negotiate the guidance and involvement of stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSM500. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This capstone learning experience is only available to postgraduate students who have completed the eight core subjects comprising the Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management (post 2011 course revision), or otherwise only with approval by the relevant Courses Director/s and/or Subject Coordinator/s, and who have met the entry requirements for the Master of Health Services Management. As an Advanced Management Practice subject students must have achieved a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0, or with prior approval of the Subject Coordinator/s.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to develop a collaborative proposal to undertake a management consultancy following an Expression of Interest Request (EoIR) from a health service organisation.
  • be able to undertake research activities consistent with the use of research questions, justify the methodology applied to data identification, collection and analysis, discuss the significant findings and make recommendations based on the evidence presented.
  • be able to demonstrate managerial knowledge, skills, abilities and understandings acquired individually, and collectively., in the identification, investigation, analysis, reporting and recommendations arising from the management consultancy
  • be able to develop a document and/or presentation that clearly, concisely and accurately describes the process of investigation and reporting on the activities of the management consultancy, and the basis for the recommendations, including resource implications.
  • be able to critique personal and team performance in a collaborative online management practicum from the perspective of a developing health services management practitioner using reflection.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Scaffolding learning, skills and experience using topics and learning resources drawn from the previous eight core subjects.
  • Developing a management consultancy team by specifically addressing teamwork and team-building strategies, negotiation, communication, project management, data collection, analysis and presentation skills, abilities and experience. Other capacity building resources can be requested, as deemed necessary, from the Subject Coordinators.
  • Literature will be provided to support the learning design, with Talbot's 1997 conception of management development providing a useful framework. This would be supported by literature relating to learning contracts; cognitive apprenticeships; authentic learning; workplace or work-integrated learning or situated learning depending on the proposal identified by the host organisation.
  • The research process.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.