HPE5100 - Foundations of health professions education - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Margaret Hay


Professor Margaret Hay

Unit guides



  • Second semester (extended) 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Must be enrolled in M4009


This unit will introduce students to theoretical and practical aspects of learning and teaching in the health professions.

After reflecting on their educational philosophy, participants will apply theories, concepts, terms and processes of curriculum design, assessment, and educational leadership to their own learning contexts.

Students will then implement, assess and evaluate learning activities in selected clinical and other relevant settings.


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

  1. Articulate a personal philosophy of learner-centred education
  2. Describe and apply theories and concepts that inform educational practice.
  3. Identify and apply principles of curriculum design to meet learning objectives.
  4. Debate contemporary issues in health profession's education
  5. Plan, design, implement, assess and evaluate an education programme
  6. Describe and model effective feedback and debriefing approaches to support learners
  7. Develop a strategy for further learning as a health profession's educator.
  8. Describe and apply basic processes of quality assessment
  9. Plan and implement educational leadership and scholarship


  • Critical reflection (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Programme analysis (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Teaching session design (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Teaching session presentation (2,000 word report and 20 minute presentation) (30%)

Workload requirements

On-campus: Students will attend Unit related workshops for four days as the equivalent of 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Each day will run from 0800 to 1700 - 8 hours, comprising 32 hours of the allocated 288 hours for the Unit. Refer to the unit guide for workshop dates.

Additional directed study (readings, engagement in online discussions, and reflective written work will comprise 104 hours).

Each onsite day will include lectures, tutorials, practical activities including mini presentations, debates, student-led demonstrations and discussions.

See also Unit timetable information