NURSING 741 : Education for Clinical Practice

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester One (1223) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Professional learning is essential to enable healthcare professionals to function competently in the complex world of clinical practice. Health care professionals are required to become actively involved in teaching colleagues involved in healthcare and patients. Effective clinical teaching and learning is enabled by laying a foundation in educational theory and practice.

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to enable effective clinical teaching and learning by laying a foundation in educational theory and practice. Students will broaden their understanding of what counts as knowledge, who creates it and how it is validated and translated. 

The content of Nursing 741 is structured in a blended approach with individual three study days and 12 online modules to support student learning. The content of Nursing 741 is structured in a blended approach with three study days and online content to support student independence of learning. Students are encouraged to plan their time to access the learning content of each online module.  There are six online forums facilitated by the Course Coordinator to cover the threshold concepts of each topic. These will be delivered via Zoom and will be recorded. Students will be able to access all recordings from Canvas. Concepts of critical theory are introduced to broaden the application of knowledge to practice. Underpinning education content are theories and practices associated with practice development and knowledge translation in healthcare.  

Nursing 741 is designed to complement NURSING 735. Nursing 735 is specifically for nurses who wish to increase their efficacy in delivering clinical education programmes to support the spread of knowledge and implementation of innovative practice developments or quality improvements.

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. Identify, explain and evaluate the basis and application of clinical teaching concepts and models. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  2. Describe the evidence base around clinical teaching and learning. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 and 3.2)
  3. Critically reflect on personal teaching experiences in relation to philosophy of education. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  4. Apply theories and perspectives of learning appropriate to the clinical context. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  5. Discuss the nature of work-based professional education and characteristics of effective culture. (Capability 4.1 and 4.2)
  6. Critique the use of different education practice methods. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  7. Analyse the assessment of clinical practice and the evaluation of learning. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  8. Analyse the application of educational knowledge to practice development. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay - Critical Reflection 30% Individual Coursework
Essay - Critical Analysis 30% Individual Coursework
Essay - Responsiveness to health literacy or education need 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Essay - Critical Reflection
Essay - Critical Analysis
Essay - Responsiveness to health literacy or education need

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 24 hours of lectures,  six one hour online tutorials, 200 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 70 hours of work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including seminars will not be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.


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 and these will be recorded.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively]throughout the course.
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.

Other Information

Please be aware that the assignments are expected to be revised in preparation for course delivery in 2022. 

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.