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MEU0004 - Best evidence in health professional education

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Tangerine Holt


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


In this unit, participants will develop the skills needed to critique research in health professional education and consider the role of evidence-based decision making in this context. They will have the opportunity to discuss and develop change management plans and to develop skills in designing evaluations that lead to improvements in courses and educational programmes.


On completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise educational literature and recognize the significance of an evidence-based approach to educational interventions including the strengths and weaknesses of various research designs in educational setting;
  2. Identify gaps and limitations in the available health professional education literature to guide future research directions;
  3. Outline effective educational change management processes including the drivers, barriers and catalysts to implementation;
  4. Identify an educational need related to their teaching roles and conceptualize the need in terms of theory and context information;
  5. Design an effective change management plan to facilitate a change in educational practice that will address the perceived need;
  6. Develop and critically appraise evaluation procedures that are relevant to individual teaching programmes;
  7. Compare and contrast own perceptions of teaching and learning with those expressed at the commencement of the course and in the literature;
  8. Identify a personal plan for ongoing teaching improvement.


Practical assessment (Change management or evaluation proposal and plan) (30%); Analytical paper (30%); Teaching portfolio (40%).