HLTHMGT 755 : Project in Health Leadership

Medical and Health Sciences

2024 Semester Two (1245) (45 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An applied research-based project in an aspect of health leadership. The project provides a capstone experience to the degree. Students critically analyse real-world cases and problems and develop evidence-informed and innovative solutions through expert consultation and literature research.

Course Overview

This course is designed to help students understand how to apply health leadership theories, principles and best practice taught in the Master of Health Leadership programme to develop considered and innovative solutions to a practical problem in a health organisation.

The project will take the form of a business case, in which a problem, challenge or opportunity is identified and a solution developed. Although not all projects may fit a standard business case template, we expect that all will encompass three processes:

  • problem definition, negotiation and project proposal
  • evidence, stakeholder consultation, innovation and options
  • reflecting, communicating and delivering
It is important that all students contact the course director at least 6 weeks before the start of semester and familiarise yourself with the requirements. Before semester begins you will be expected to have:

  • partnered with a health organisation
  • identified a topic
  • identified an organisational mentor and an academic supervisor
  • drafted a brief one page proposal.

This is a self-directed and integrated learning experience. Students are expected to work closely with a health organisation on a nominated topic. The aim is to develop a student’s practical leadership skills including initiative, independence, consultation, problem solving and communication.

Students will be supported to complete their project by an organisational advisor and an academic supervisor. The course director will guide students in the early stages of the course, including organisational placement, topic selection and establishing supervisory support. A pre-semester orientation session and infokit will provide all the information you need to prepare for this course.

The course director will also support students' learning with a series of workshops on dedicated topics featuring guest lecturers. These workshops will also give students opportunities for class discussion and critical reflection.

Course Requirements

To complete this course students must enrol in HLTHMGT 755 A and B, or HLTHMGT 755

Course Contacts

Course director:
Associate Professor Peter Saxton
Room 1128, Level 1, Building 507 Park West
Grafton Campus
Phone: (09) 373 7599 ext 81434
Email: p.saxton@auckland.ac.nz

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and critically evaluate a problem, challenge or opportunity within a health organisation (Capability 4.1 and 4.2)
  2. Develop a complex evidence-based understanding of the problem including drivers, perpetuating and attenuating factors, key stakeholders, timelines and costs (Capability 2.1, 5.1, 5.2 and 8.1)
  3. Demonstrate engagement with a range of stakeholders to formulate potential solutions (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 7.1 and 8.3)
  4. Produce a business case for change in an appropriate format and communicate this effectively (Capability 6.1 and 6.2)
  5. Independently develop personal leadership capabilities by engaging in critical reflection during the applied project (Capability 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 8.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Brief Proposal 5% Individual Coursework
Critical Reflection 20% Individual Coursework
Business Case 50% Individual Coursework
Presentation 25% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Brief Proposal
Critical Reflection
Business Case

Workload Expectations

This course is a non-standard 45 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in (~450 hours).

For this course, you can expect 23 hours of workshops per semester and the remainder working with a partner organisation to develop and produce your business case, including time spent on individual critical reflection.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including workshops to complete components of the course.
Workshops will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including on-site learning will not be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable with some block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

You can access all the information on CANVAS, including templates for the assessments and class workshops.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Students have asked for support to identify a topic well before semester begins. In response, we have developed "start-up" resources including youtube recordings and pre-semester info sessions. Students are encouraged to contact the course director for these at the end of the previous semester.

Other Information

This is a compulsory course at the end of the Masters of Health Leadership Programme. A student must achieve a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher across their best 60 points of courses in the MHlthLd programme before being allowed to enrol in HLTHMGT 755.

HLTHMGT 755 A is 15 points and B is 30 points. Students doing this course part time can enrol in the A and B parts. Make sure that you enrol for both the sections A and B.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.