HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education (8)

This subject will explore theoretical perspectives about teaching and learning and their application to education in clinical settings. Students will critically evaluate educational methods and plan and implement teaching and learning strategies in the clinical setting. A focus of the learning will be to assist the student to understand teaching and learning practices related to the principles of adult learning including student centred learning, the nature of diversity in learners and cultural factors affecting learning. As well, communication skills for effective facilitation of learning and curriculum development will be an integral part of this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HLT539. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge

Health professionals with knowledge and experience who have an interest in clinical education.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to compare and contrast a range of theoretical education models and apply them to facilitate learning in the clinical setting.
  • be able to critically appraise the merging of theory and practice.
  • be able to identify and analyse curriculum documentation as it relates to structure, content and philosophy.
  • be able to critically appraise the principles of adult learning and the diversity of learner preferences.
  • be able to plan and implement teaching and learning strategies for the clinical setting.
  • be able to identify, analyse and acknowledge cultural factors affecting learning.
  • be able to utilise a range of communication skills for effective teaching and learning.
  • be able to critically appraise a range of contemporary educational practices with reference to course planning and blended learning.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Educational models.
  • Curriculum planning.
  • Principles of adult learning.
  • Facilitation of learning strategies.
  • Cultural factors affecting learning.
  • Contemporary educational practices.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.