Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester (extended) 2015 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms Judy Lockie


This unit is designed to introduce a range of current issues in health professional education practice and research to students in masterclass format. It is specifically intended to cover in-depth key trends in health professional education, drawing from the latest publication and research. Students will complete a series of 6-8 masterclasses, run primarily as one day intensives (up to 6) or equivalent on-line interactions (up to 3). These will build upon previous work introduced within the Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education. Masterclasses will be conducted in topics such as: inter-professional education, feedback, strategies for working with under-performing students, peer learning, patient perspectives in education, leadership in health professional education, work-based assessment and systematic review in health professional education. Each masterclasses will be supported by readings and activities within the students' own environments.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify topics of intensive research in health professional education
  2. Articulate the rationale for researching these key areas of intensive research
  3. Apply an in-depth understanding of at least one relevant area of the current literature to educational practice
  4. Communicate a coherent summary of issues in a particular topical domain within the health professional education literature
  5. Synthesise the implications of empirical and theoretical literature underpinning health professional education practice
  6. Critique a range of perspectives within a particular topical domain within health professional education literature
  7. Apply theoretical and empirical literature to the development of educational innovations within their own health professional education context.


Analytical essay (40%)
Presentation plus documentation (1 topic in-depth, emphasis on application to practice) (40%)
Teaching portfolio (including collection of at least one exercise pertaining to each masterclass) (20%)

Workload requirements

Each student will undertake the equivalent of 6 masterclasses, through up to 6 study days, over the course of the semester, plus up to 3 online masterclasses. Each masterclass will also have associated readings and activities.

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