NURSING 735 : Clinical Education Practicum

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Application and critical analysis of educational theories and concepts in a clinical learning environment. Utilises an action based learning model and project work.

Course Overview

Nursing 735 has been designed specifically for those who wish to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical approaches underpinning health professional education and curriculum development. The content includes the application and critical analysis of educational theories and concepts in a clinical learning environment. Nursing 735 utilises an action-based learning model and project work.

The aim of NURSING 735 is for students to analyse issues and evidence in health and healthcare systems to formulate evidence-based decisions regarding programmes for health improvement and education. Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate across groups, communicating effectively with diverse audiences to implement a proposal for improvement and education in healthcare. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts 

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
Graduate Profile: Master of Nursing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Synthesize existing theoretical knowledge to integrate it with your own understanding of education practice within a health setting. (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3)
  2. Critique your own education practice, drawing on a sophisticated understanding of concepts and theories related to curriculum design. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  3. Critically reflect on and articulate the ways in which different perspectives and theoretical approaches inform and challenge your personal and professional viewpoints regarding continuous improvement and education practice. (Capability 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  4. Formulate solutions to a defined problem, while accounting for the complexity of the environment. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  5. Contrast the different bases associate with the provision of healthcare and consider how best to work across disciplinary boundaries in a manner that will improve health services or outcomes for individuals and communities. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  6. Apply appropriate frameworks to collaborate with individuals and diverse groups. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Dicussions 10% Individual Coursework
Reports 35% Individual Coursework
Essay 35% Individual Coursework
Verbal 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 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 16 hours of online tutorials and forums, 100 hours of reading and thinking about the content, 96 hours of learning in your practice area, and 80 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials/lectures and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required for the verbal presentation.
Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement will also be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester 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.

Other Information

There are no study days associated with this course. The delivery of Nursing 735 requires students to utilise an individual learning contract to guide collaborative learning and education practice. The Course Coordinator will maintain contact with students throughout the semester as negotiated through the student’s learning contract and through regular online forums.  

Students are expected to participate in the online learning activity. Students will be randomly assigned to small groups, in preparation for the online verbal presentation. Throughout the semester, students will have an opportunity to receive formative feedback and to utilise reflective practice as they assess their effectiveness within the practice area.
This practicum course requires the student to identify a Mentor to support their learning in their practice area. The responsibilities of the Student, Mentor and Course Coordinator are explained in the Course Outline. Students are encouraged to seek a mentor from their practice area who can guide and provide feedback about the education programme, ensuring that organizational priorities are maintained.

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.