Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINED 716 - Assessing Clinical Performance

30 Points

Semester 2


Examines the purpose, criteria, methods, scoring methods and examiner training for a range of assessments of health professionals, with a focus on ensuring competence to practice. This will include concepts of reliability and validity, standard setting as well as advanced techniques to compare and effectively implement different types of clinical assessments.

This is a 30-point elective course for all the clinical education programmes. It is offered as a distance-learning course in a fully online format.


Additional information

Aims of the course:

The general objective of this course is to give health professionals greater awareness of the evidence underlying effective assessments in the clinical context and provide them with the skills to set effective assessments and to reflect on the quality of the assessments they are involved in.

Participants will be able to consider alternative assessment methods available to them and will be able to make more appropriate decisions about the application of those assessments in the clinical context.


Learning outcomes:

  • After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe and interpret literature in the area of assessment as it relates to clinical teaching
  • Identify the various purposes of assessment and the impact of assessment on student learning
  • Examine and apply relevant theoretical discourse and psychometric evaluation relevant to the assessment process



Students are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop which will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019. Attendance is highly recommended and one session will focus on reviewing the course’s assessment tasks.



There are three assessments for this course. One assessment also incorporates a peer review process which enables the student to submit their work and gain feedback from their peers on the strengths and weaknesses of their assignment.


Teaching staff:

Dr Marcus Henning
Associate Professor
Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
(09) 923 7392

Dr Andrea Thompson
Professional Teaching Fellow
Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
(09) 923 1906


Course Coordinator

Course Administrator