Course Title: Clinical Learning and Teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Learning and Teaching

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Lina Shahwan-Akl

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7443

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to undertake this course you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Registration Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse with general registration or hold an undergraduate degree in a related health care discipline.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on, and gain insight into, the role and function of  teaching and learning in applied clinical situations. Educational strategies and principles that enhance positive outcomes for clients, families, students, peers and health professionals will be identified, reflected on and practised with the a focus on adult learning principles. Emphasis is placed on your use of course content to set your own objectives to enhance your role as a clinical teachers within the context that is meaningful for your practice. You will consider curriculum development and development of a teaching plan along with styles of teaching. Within the course, peer review, competencies, mentorship and preceptorship are explored as useful strategies to support, evaluate and assess teaching and learning in the clinical situation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course you will be expected to:

  • reflect and analyse  personal experiences of clinical teaching
  • review a variety of learning and teaching models and theories as they relate to the education of health and illness
  • review and evaluate principles of adult teaching and learning as they apply to clinical practice
  • critically analyse the role of clinical teaching in health care
  • discuss the relevance and application of a variety of strategies for differing teaching situations in the health care setting
  • critically review the issues of evaluation and assessment for example peer review and competency.

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO 1. Ability to apply advanced skills in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in a variety of clinical care settings and contexts
  • PLO 2. Analysis, synthesis and integration of knowledge and application to practice
  • PLO3. Advanced knowledge in specialized area
  • PLO7. Facilitates the empowerment of others including diverse groups, through effective and therapeutic communication
  • PLO8. Engaging in reflective practice and professional  development of self and others

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is provided as an online learning activity in a flexible learning mode. Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture on line learning packages, online discussion and self-directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical basis.  

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops as appropriate. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through the online system

Overview of Assessment

Your assessments for this course will comprise formative and summative assessment to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of the course content and will include written work and critical analysis of health based teaching practices.
For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: