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Effective Clinical Teaching (EDUC90741)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90741
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject lays a firm foundation for further studies in the education of health professionals. The basics of teaching and learning theory are presented with clear linkages to the clinical workplace to ensure immediate relevance and applicability.

An engaging mix of day-long seminars, workshops, on-line learning and practical activities in the workplace meets the needs of clinicians who teach learners at any level, while an intensive option might appeal to those with limited availability.

In recognition of the occupational demands on busy clinicians, contact days will typically occur once per month at the Parkville campus during the semester with 4 hours devoted to this subject on each of the days.

Teaching will be split between lectures (1 hour), seminars or symposia (1 hour), and small group work (2 hours).

Intended learning outcomes

By completing this subject, participants should:

  • develop a critical understanding of the principles of effective clinical teaching and learning;
  • know the basis of the most salient research that underpins clinical teaching and the key debates in this field;
  • be familiar with resources and techniques available to support clinical teachers in their workplace and know how to use them most effectively;
  • develop a student-centred approach to clinical teaching and learning;
  • understand the variety of teaching and learning spaces that exist within clinical health services and of how different teaching approaches can be used within them, in accordance with the University of Melbourne’s Nine Principles;
  • demonstrate an analytical and reflective approach to their clinical teaching activities and recognition of their professional responsibilities in this area.

Generic skills

After completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • Apply theories and principles to specific clinical teaching and learning contexts;
  • Access and use relevant research literature;
  • Identify best practice in clinical teaching;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the subject in concise oral and written formats.

Last updated: 6 August 2019