Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context

Course code NURS6640Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

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

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesSuccessful completion of this course will enable students to:
* Identify the attributes of learning
* Analyse factors that affect learning
* Discuss and apply adult learning theories to the role of clinical teacher
* Examine the attributes and competencies of an effective clinical teacher
* Examine the issue of teaching and learning in terms of nurses'/midwives'
responsibilities for ongoing professional education of themselves and others
* Discuss the purpose of mentoring and preceptoring
* Examine the characteristics of effective mentors and preceptors
* Analyse how the clinical organisation influences teaching and learning
* Discuss challenges to effective clinical teaching and learning and how they can be overcome
* Discuss strategies to use when teaching people from diverse cultures
* Discuss how to provide effective and critical feedback on performance
* Act as a change agent to improve the learning environment
* Discuss the implications of information and communication technological on clinical teaching and learning
* Develop a teaching philosophy
Content1. 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
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations 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.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment
Other: (please specify)Report on the design and implementation of a strategic project.
Other: (please specify)Reflective journal (online)
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS6640