Project in Clinical Education

Subject EDUC90838 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 32 hours
Total Time Commitment:

300 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of Clinical Education. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
October, Semester 2
October, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Experience in clinical education to aid in topic selection.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Prof Steve Trumble


Administrative Contact:

Erin Turner

E.X.C.I.T.E. Program Administrator

Phone 03 8344 2591



Subject Overview:

This project involves the conduct of a defined research project and results in the production of a minor thesis on a topic of practical importance to the participant’s work in clinical education. Participants are encouraged and supported to select a topic that is important yet feasible to resolve within the bounds of this project. Preliminary work in refining the research question, designing the methodology, reviewing the literature and applying for ethics approval is undertaken in the preceding semester’s subject: “Research Proposal in Clinical Education”.

Learning Outcomes:

By completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project or piece of scholarship relevant to clinical education
  • articulate the impact of their findings on the field and how they propose to implement them
  • produce a minor thesis that clearly communicates the work and its impact
  • prepare a scholarly article as a contribution to the clinical education literature
  • Oral presentation (10 mins individual) mid-semester - 10%
  • Minor thesis (8000 words, not including 2500 word literature review from prerequisite subject) - 80%
  • Oral presentation (10 mins individual) end of semester - 10%
Prescribed Texts:

Understanding Medical Education. Swanwick, Tim (Ed); Association for the Study of Medical Education. Edition: Second edition. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. : Wiley Blackwell. 2014

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On successful completion of this course, participants should have:

  • Developed problem-solving skills related to designing and conducting educational research
  • Refined their analytic skills to review and critique educational theory and research methods
  • Developed written communication and presentation skills
  • Developed planning and organization skills necessary to design and complete education research
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Education

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