Principles of Education for the Health Professional

Subject code: NS5342:03

This subject provides an introduction to key theories and concepts applicable to health professional education including adult learning, experiential learning, scaffolding and active learning.

You will learn how to plan an effective learning session and to apply best practice educator knowledge and skills to education sessions.

You will explore the following topics:

  • The learner
  • Models of learning and facilitating learning
  • Planning to teach
  • Tools for teaching
  • Cultural and international perspectives
  • Clinical reasoning and synthesis.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Apply and discuss a range of education theories, concepts and strategies relevant to teaching and learning in the health context
  • Plan teaching for adult learning in a clinical context
  • Develop a lesson plan for adult education
  • Apply principles of evaluation as part of a quality improvement cycle
  • Reflect on and describe a personal teaching philosophy.


Personal teaching philosophy (due week 2): 10%
Narrated powerpoint (due week 3): 40%
Teaching plan showcase (due week 5): 50%
Plan for teaching evaluation (due week 7): 10%.

This subject is part of the Nurse Education major in the online Master of Nursing.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your JCU Online student advisor on 1300 535 919 for more information based on your particular circumstances.

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