NUR5204 - Education in health care practice - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Gabrielle Brand


Associate Professor Gabrielle Brand

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Flexible)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


This unit examines contemporary issues impacting on education for health care practitioners, within a context of continuous change. Students explore a range of theoretical underpinnings that impact upon the educational process in health care practice with emphasis placed on educational theorists. Students will apply theoretical learning to teaching practice through participation in practicum; or through their role as a teacher within their own clinical practices. This will include both classroom (small and large group) and clinical teaching experiences in a variety of settings. It will equip students with the knowledge and mastery of skills necessary to critique, understand and respond to the learning preferences and needs of those whose education they have responsibility for. It will prepare students with the skills and knowledge to critically evaluate and assess the outcomes of an educational intervention. It will offer students a theoretical underpinning for current modelling of professionalism, clinical competence and lifelong learning.

This unit is a compulsory core unit for the Master of Family Medicine (MFM) a core unit in the Education Stream for the Master of Nursing (MN) and an elective unit in the Master of Clinical Midwifery (MCM).


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

  1. Critique and reflect on the most appropriate and evidence based method(s) of assessment for a given learning experience, be able to justify their choice, and offer detailed explanations of the complexity of its implementation within a multicultural setting.
  2. Design and critique an appropriate evaluation strategy for a given learning experience, including an assessment of the outcome(s).
  3. Investigate and critically analyse recent ethical trends within their profession with particular reference to the teaching and assessment of clinical professionalism and competence.
  4. Demonstrate competence as a clinical teacher (including a self and peer critical evaluation of the teaching) and the competence to reflect on and constructively respond to the results of such evaluation.
  5. Design, critique and reflect on an appropriate tutor preparation to enable effective delivery of a given learning experience: teaching others to teach.
  6. Critically assess and evaluate recent trends within their profession with particular reference to inter professional education.


  • Written assignment (critique) (2,500 words) (30%)
  • Practicum & practicum reflective report (60 minutes) (1,000 words) (20%)
  • Portfolio (4,000 words) (50%)

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