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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Education (NUST11085)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is set to provide knowledge of the core principles of teaching and learning within clinical settings. Students will learn how to implement teaching successfully within a range of healthcare environments, and gain an appreciation of tools for assessment of learning. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on how they plan to use newly acquired skills and tools, in their own practice, to influence care outcomes.
Course description The overall aim of the course is to promote high quality clinical education by helping learners to reflect and share insights about their own practice. Alongside peers, students will be guided in using learning technology to understand and apply educational theories and current evidence from clinical education literature. Students will not only master theory and best practice principles but will also gain new practical skills to support optimal patient care.

Using discursive activities and through online collaboration with peers, learners will be able to critique and apply educational theories and evidence from the literature to their own clinical practice. This online 10 week course will cover some, if not all of the following topics:

Introduction to clinical learning and teaching

Assessment and feedback

Designing an assessment

Learning theories and contemporary issues in global clinical education

Student centred education and adopting appropriate teaching strategies

An introduction to curriculum design

Issues associated with eLearning and clinical education

Problem based learning and the way it enhances teaching

The political, regulatory and societal drivers of curriculum development

Learning and teaching will be supported through an online weekly lecture, self-directed study and through a synchronous tutorial. Students will also be expected to carry out a teaching session at their own clinical setting and to capture feedback from participants. This experience and feedback will be used in tutorial discussions. Students will be expected to reflect on this experience in their formative assignment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically review the planning and evaluation of a range of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to any given content, situation and learners.
  2. Demonstrate a learner-centred approach to education and learning by considering own educational needs and the needs of others.
  3. Critically reflect on theories of learning and their use in learning and teaching activities and curriculum development.
  4. Demonstrate critical understanding of current key issues in assessment and academic feedback.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the process of planning and implementing an assessment process in a clinical context.
Reading List
Ramsden P (2003) Learning to teach in higher education Routledge, London

Biggs J (and Tang C (2007) Teaching for quality learning at university. Open University Press Buckingham

Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K. (2011, 7th ed.) Research Methods in Education. London: Routledge/Falmer.

Moon JA (1999) Reflection in learning and professional development Kogan Page London

Jarvis P., Holford J. and Griffin C. (2004) 2nd Ed The theory and practice of learning London Kogan Page

Swanwick T. (Ed).(2013) 2nd Ed Understanding medical education. Evidence, theory and practice Wiley-Blackwell

Bastable S (2014) 4th Ed Nurses as Educators: principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice Jones & Bartlett
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course is set to significantly contribute to the development of a range of attributes and skills including:

Applying knowledge, skills and understanding of core concepts to support their progress within a clinical education sphere.

The ability to critically review the applicability of clinical education literature and consider the application to own clinical settings;

The use and mastery of a range of ICT applications to enhance own learning and communications;

The ability to engage with peers and learners and carry out a structured teaching activity within a clinical setting.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Sharon Levy
Tel: (0131 6)50 9236
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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