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Unit information: Clinical and Workplace-Based Teaching in 2022/23

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Unit name Clinical and Workplace-Based Teaching
Unit code MEEDM0005
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Annie Noble-Denny
Open unit status Not open
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Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning

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School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Unit Information

Aims: This unit aims to support the enhancement of teaching and learning in the workplace for health professionals.

It will also incorporate elements of the programme’s three vertical themes:

  • learning technology in teaching & learning
  • evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and of courses
  • respect for individual learners and equality of opportunity for learners

Description: This unit will focus on the challenges faced by teachers in the workplace environment. We will examine when and why learning can happen, and how teaching can be made more effective. We will consider the roles of professionalism and learning theory, as well as how teachers can plan for opportunistic learning.

Your learning on this unit

By the end of this unit, learners should be able to:

1. Identify and exploit clinical teaching opportunities.

2. Discuss barriers to learning and explore ways of overcoming them in clinical and workplace settings.

3. Develop imaginative strategies for teaching in relevant clinical and workplace settings.

4. Be able to critique and incorporate relevant learning theory into their own practice.

How you will learn

Teaching methods will be drawn from a wide range of approaches including: small group styles, lecture, discussion, debate, presentations, case studies, role play, interactive whole-class teaching, tasks which apply new learning, video critique, distance and e-learning elements.

How you will be assessed

2000 words or equivalent in other media.


  1. Final written assignment: Reflect on your practice as a clinical teacher, analyse it using educational theory and propose 3 possible improvements.

Remember to reflect on the opportunities as a clinical teacher, in using workplace-based learning techniques.

Use the theoretical perspectives taught to analyse your teaching and to inform your ideas on improving this type of teaching.

These could be any of:

o Practical methods of teaching you would like to adopt

o Changes to the way you manage and plan learning

o Changes to the way you manage or lead a team

o Resources or systems you would like to create.

Formative: group and individual feedback plus online activities.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.