Effective Clinical Supervison

Subject EDUC90742 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 16 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended that participants have some experience of teaching in healthcare settings and havespent at least three years in clinical practice.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability



8344 8049

Administrative Contact:

Kathryn Smyth

9810 3221

Subject Overview:

Taught in tandem with Effective Clinical Teaching, this subject provides participants with a foundation in the principles and practices of vocational supervision that are unique to the health professions. Effective Clinical Supervision takes the theories and principles studied in the co-requisite subject and applies them to clinically-qualified learners who are further developing their career as a health professional. A diverse range of learning activities will dovetail with those provided in Effective Clinical Teaching to emphasise the similarities and differences between education and training. An intensive option will appeal to clinicians requiring greater flexibility.

Contact days will generally be held at the Parkville campus monthly (for 4 months) and will be shared equally with the corequisite subject. Modalities will include lectures (1 hour), seminars or symposia (1 hour) and small group work (2 hours).


By completing this subject, participants should:

  • develop a critical understanding of the principles of effective clinical supervision, instruction and assessment of competence;
  • know the basis of the most salient research that underpins clinical supervision and the key debates in this field;
  • be familiar with resources and techniques available to support clinical supervisors in their workplace and know how to use them most effectively;
  • develop a trainee-centred approach to clinical supervision and training;
  • understand the variety of clinical training opportunities that exist and the different approaches to safe and effective supervision that can be used within them;
  • demonstrate an analytical and reflective approach to their clinical supervision activities and a recognition of their professional responsibilities in this area.
  • Mid semester (20%): 15 minute objective structured teaching examination station (1000 words equivalent).
  • End semester (40%): Portfolio documenting outcomes from participation in seminars and workshops during the semester (2000 words).
  • End semester (40%): A written assignment in the form of an issues or discussion paper on a topic relevant to the participant’s particular clinical supervision context (1500 words ) for submission by the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

After completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • apply theories and principles to specific clinical supervision contexts;
  • access and use relevant research literature;
  • identify best practice in safe and effective clinical supervision;
  • demonstrate understanding of the subject in concise oral and written formats.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching

Download PDF version.