Unit description

Explores a range of approaches to clinical teaching and supervision, reflective practice and planning for clinical education. Participants engage with relevant professional standards, the cultures within their professions and the inter-relationship with other health disciplines. Various techniques of assessment and providing constructive feedback for clinical learning are evaluated.

Unit content

  1. Theories of teaching and learning
  2. The clinical supervision relationship
    1. Recognising opportunities for learning and teaching in the clinical environment
  3. The learning environment
    1. Clinical reasoning – principles and practice
    2. Developing a culture of evidence based practice in a clinical environment
    3. Promoting cultural and personal safety in a clinical environment
  4. Teaching methods in clinical supervision
    1. Modifying teaching skills for the clinical context
    2. Guiding students through clinical decision making, patient/health assessment, diagnosis, planning and management phases
  5. Assessment and feedback methods
    1. Processes of assessment in the clinical environment
    2. Providing feedback on assessment activities
    3. Implementing formative and summative assessment in a clinical context
  6. Reflection and reconstructing learning
    1. Principles of reflective practice
  7. Feedback and challenging situations
    1. Managing and using critical incidents in a clinical environment
  8. Developing as a teacher
    1. Building confidence in clinical teaching

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • McKenna, L & Stockhausen, L, 2013, Introduction to teaching and learning in health professions, 1st Australian and New Zealand edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Sydney, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning (Weekly)
Critical review30%
Proposal for Teaching and Supervision Session 20%
Conduct and critically reflect on teaching session50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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