CLINED 703 : Learning in Small Groups

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Explores how clinicians operate as members and leaders of groups, and the conditions underlying effective group function both in education and the workplace.

Course Overview

This course will cover the theory and practice relevant to small group learning.  The assignments provide an opportunity for students to apply learning to their own clinical teaching settings. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Tanisha Jowsey
Karen Falloon

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply theory underpinning small group teaching and learning to own teaching context. Apply theory underpinning small group teaching and learning to own teaching context. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 5.3 and 6.2)
  2. Evaluate the functions, roles and approaches to facilitation for small group learning Evaluate the functions, roles and approaches to facilitation for small group learning (Capability 1.2 and 6.1)
  3. Design and plan small group sessions Design and plan small group sessions (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.2 and 6.2)
  4. Justify methods relevant to their small group teaching and learning Justify methods relevant to their small group teaching and learning (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.2 and 6.1)
  5. Apply strategies to address problems in small group learning Apply strategies to address problems in small group learning (Capability 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3)
  6. Justify approaches to evaluation of small group session Justify approaches to evaluation of small group session (Capability 6.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Discussions 25% Individual Coursework
Essay 45% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect six hours of reading and thinking about the content and four hours of work on assignments.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at the scheduled workshop (either face-to-face or online, depending on lockdown level) and interaction is expected with the online material to complete components of this course.
The course will include live online events including possibly the workshop and online group discussions, and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is expected for the workshop unless we are in lockdown.
Study material will be available at course commencement.
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 02/11/2021 08:46 a.m.