Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context

10 Units

This course is premised on the understanding that effective clinical teaching and learning can transform practice and practice environments. It explores theories relevant to adult learning, models of clinical teaching, how the clinical organisation influences teaching and learning, and contemporary approaches for improving clinical teaching. Students will be provided with opportunities to integrate their developing knowledge and skills into their own clinical practice and to reflect on and learn from this experience.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 2 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the attributes of learning
  2. Analyse factors that affect learning
  3. Discuss and apply adult learning theories to the role of clinical teacher
  4. Examine the attributes and competencies of an effective clinical teacher
  5. Examine the issue of teaching and learning in terms of nurses’/midwives’ responsibilities for ongoing professional education of themselves and others
  6. Discuss the purpose of mentoring and preceptoring
  7. Examine the characteristics of effective mentors and preceptors
  8. Analyse how the clinical organisation influences teaching and learning
  9. Discuss challenges to effective clinical teaching and learning and how they can be overcome
  10. Discuss strategies to use when teaching people from diverse cultures
  11. Discuss how to provide effective and critical feedback on performance
  12. Act as a change agent to improve the learning environment
  13. Discuss the implications of information and communication technological on clinical teaching and learning
  14. Develop a teaching philosophy
  1. Adult learning theories
  2. Teaching and learning in the clinical environment
  3. Factors influencing learning
  4. Planned and opportunistic teaching
  5. Mentoring and preceptoring
  6. Creating a positive clinical learning environment
  7. Challenges clinical teachers may encounter
  8. Provision of critical feedback
  9. Information and communication technology for teaching and learning
Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing Council Inc. competencies.
Assessment Items
  • Journal: Reflective journal (online) Part A and B
  • Written Assignment: Written assignment
  • Report: Project report
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for NURS6640
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