ANALYSIS OF ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE AND DESIGN

Intent: This assessment item focusses on understanding the concepts of organisational structure and design within the healthcare environment.
Objective(s): This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
A, C and D
This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s): 
1.1 and 1.2
Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30% 
Task: Choose one of the following topic options.
A. Discuss the organisational characteristics that would suggest to a manager there is a problem with the design of a healthcare organisation.
B. Discuss the relationship between span of control and the extent to which an organisation is flat or tall, and why many major healthcare organisations are flattening their structures.
C. A major decision in organisational structuring is whether and how to centralise. Discuss the importance of centralisation-decentralisation for achieving health service outcomes.
Length: 1000 words (essay style) 
Due: 10.00pm Tuesday 8 September 2015 
Criteria: 30% Analyses and reframes the issue within the context of organisational elements demonstrating a depth of knowledge 40% Assesses the impact of the issue on human resource management and/or organisational performance clearly and succinctly 10% Formulates a clear and logical approach to analysis of the issue 10% Validates perspectives through correct interpretation and explicit linkage of relevant and current literature (> year 2004) to the assessment focus 10% Produces correct grammar, spelling, formatting, style (essay), and referencing

Subject objectives Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Explain the key elements in organisational structures, processes and cultures in terms of their implications for management roles and effective management practices; 
C. Critically appraise selected aspects of organisations which may impact on human resource management, financial management and organisational performance;
D. Create a variety of ways in which complex issues can be effectively communicated for a variety of target audiences. 
This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:
Critique, interpret and synthesise data and research findings to develop safe, effective and evidence-based solutions to healthcare challenges. (1.1)
Propose relevant problem solving and human factors theories to the analysis of common issues inherent in the management and evaluation of healthcare services . (1.2)