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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0625 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Parkville Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Elizabeth Morabito


The overall aim of this unit is to provide a theoretical framework and support for practitioners willing to take on the important role of clinical educator (preceptor) for health care discipline undergraduates and graduates. It covers a variety of topics relating to clinical education exploring the importance clinical education has in developing professional competence in beginning health science practitioners. It considers the various roles you fulfil as a health science professional. Learning in clinical settings explores how students and new graduates learn as well as what they learn, including cognitive and organisational psychology, higher education and professional education. The relationship between clinical educators and learners during clinical placements and issues around learning in the workplace are covered, including legal and ethical issues related to learners' participation in clinical settings. The differences between the clinical educator role and mentoring role are explored with both formal and informal mentoring relationships and their benefits and potential pitfalls.
Students are required to have the minimum computer systems requirements as specified by the Faculty and regular internet access.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  • Clarify their role as a clinical educator
  • Review personal expectations of the role of a clinical educator
  • Identify the benefits of being a clinical educator
  • Explore the characteristics of an effective clinical teacher
  • Recognise professional issues that impact on the clinical educator role
  • Recognise the need to evaluate clinical education and identify potential evaluation strategies
  • Clarify the learning process as an individual search for meaning
  • Present a model of experiential learning
  • Explore individual preferences for different learning activities
  • Explore the domains of learning underpinning professional competencies
  • Recognise the relationship assessment has on motivation for the learning task
  • Explain learning activities and methods which encourage self directed learning
  • Highlight the importance of reflection and suggest activities which encourage learners to reflect
  • List the roles of the clinical educator
  • Explore personal attributes which impact on the clinical educator role
  • Apply a framework for managing different phases of the clinical placement
  • Explore the tasks associated with the roles of the clinical educator
  • Identify strategies for developing a positive working learner/clinical educator relationship
  • Explore individual differences (eg age, gender, culture) as they impact on clinical education
  • Implement effective group management skills
  • Apply a problem solving approach to potential learner-clinical educator difficulties
  • Use a framework (based on social learning theory) to develop competence as a clinical educator
  • Develop clinical education skills and activities that are relevant to the context of the workplace
  • Explore ethical and legal issues related to the workplace
  • Describe the mentoring process
  • Modify the mentoring process to meet individual requirements
  • Compare the similarities and differences between the role of mentor and clinical educator
  • Recognise the importance of looking after yourself and avoiding burnout
  • List the benefits and limitations of mentoring
  • Identify the skills required to manage each phase of the mentoring process


contribution to online discussions
Assignment 3,000 words.

Chief examiner(s)

Elizabeth Morabito

Contact hours

Students are expected to allow 3-6 hours per week over the semester in study time.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

clinical educationpharmacypreceptor trainingmentoring