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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Frank Archer


The unit will be undertaken in two parts. The first will explore leadership and the principles of clinical educating and clinical mentorship within the context of a complex organisation such as an emergency medical service. The second part of the unit will explore leadership at major incidents and describe the process of prevention, planning response and recovery in preparing for and managing major incidents and disasters.


By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - clinical instruction and the clinical mentor

  1. describe the roles and responsibilities of a clinical mentor in assisting students in the transition from novice to expert;
  2. analyse selected adult learning theories and apply relevant principles to the design of workplace-based clinical instruction;
  3. demonstrate the application of learning theory principles and concepts to teaching in a simulated clinical setting;
  4. design, develop, deliver and evaluate a session that aims to teach a clinical skill;
  5. use different forms of evaluation to appropriately measure effectiveness of teaching and assessment of learning in the clinical setting.

Module 2 - Leadership and emergency management

  1. identify and discuss contemporary challenges in community-based emergency health involving mass gatherings and major incidents using local, national and international literature;
  2. identify the range of definitions of 'disaster' and the legislative framework that supports the Federal and State approaches to disaster planning and management;
  3. describe the theoretical underpinnings and styles of effective leadership within complex organisations and relate this to leadership in disaster or major emergency situations;
  4. describe the principles of 'prevention, preparedness, response, recovery', and their application to disaster planning, hazard analysis and mitigation, including mass gatherings, mass casualty situations, and chemical/nuclear/biological radiation incidents;
  5. describe the approach to disaster planning at local levels that includes the roles of emergency service and health agencies;
  6. describe the broader requirements of disaster management, in particular the management of public health issues and logistic management; and
  7. identify complex humanitarian emergencies and describe the role of paramedics in emergency health in the international setting.


Written assignment: (3000 words): 50%
Micro teaching session: 50%
Clinical simulation: pass/fail (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Malcom Boyle

Contact hours

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials and small group exercises.


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)