Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINED 715 - Theory and Practice of Clinical Education

30 Points

Semester 1


Examines the conceptual frameworks for learning in a clinical setting. The course will explore learning theory as it relates to the clinical experience, programme design, learner preparation, practical skills in enhancing learning in the clinical setting, and translation of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice.

Additional information

Aims of the course:

The general objective of this course is to provide a conceptual framework for teaching and learning in a clinical setting. Employing theoretical frameworks, obtaining evidence about teaching experiences, and reflecting on actual practice are essential facets that ensure the continued development of clinical teaching.

This course acknowledges the clinical context and integrates this with established teaching and learning concepts. The course also explores how learning theory can inform the clinical learning environment through considering aspects of training and development such as clinical reasoning, development of expertise, learning styles, curriculum planning, and giving effective feedback.


Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and interpret literature in the area of clinical education
  • Analyse and critique their own clinical teaching
  • Apply and evaluate clinical teaching concepts to areas of feedback
  • Employ ways of measuring performance in the clinical setting



Students are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop which will be held on Monday 4th and 5th March 2019. Attendance is highly recommended and one session will focus on reviewing the course’s assessment tasks.



The coursework involves reflection on teaching and learning, exploring the literature around clinical education, participation in discussion board activities, practical work-based exercises around teaching, and short written assignments.


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