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One of the key roles of the clinical teacher is to reliably assess their learners’ knowledge, skills and performance to decide whether they have achieved competence in the area of instruction. This is not just important for appropriate academic achievement and progression, but to ensure that learners are being appropriately certified as safe and competent health professionals. This subject introduces participants to the current and emerging theories underpinning valid and reliable assessment of clinical learners and provides opportunities to develop and implement clinical assessment items, as well as practical experience in assessment.
Intended learning outcomes
By completing this subject, participants should:
- understand the main theories on which assessments of clinical learners are based;
- be aware of the different formats of clinical learner assessment and the roles, strengths and limitations of each;
- know how to assess learners in simulated clinical environments;
- know how to perform workplace-based assessments;
- understand the purposes of different assessment formats;
- be able to use evidence in setting standards and determining competence.
After completing this subject, participants should be able to:
- apply theories and principles to specific clinical education contexts;
- access and use relevant research literature;
- identify best practice in the assessment of clinical learners;
- demonstrate understanding of the subject in concise oral and written formats.
Last updated: 3 November 2022