Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching

Course GC-CLINTCH (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months part time.


Professor Stephen Trumble


Excellent in Clinical Teaching (E.X.C.I.T.E.)

Currently enrolled students:

Future students:

Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching (GCertClinTeach) has evolved from the university’s successful Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (GCUT). It uses much of the same proven pedagogy while locating learning within the clinical context to ensure that it resonates with busy clinicians. In recognition of workforce demands, participants will be able to choose between monthly contact days based at the Parkville campus four times per semester, or an intensive program with four days in the one week.

The GCertClinTeach has four practically-orientated subjects and will be delivered in association with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, blending learners with the CSHE’s GCUT stream when appropriate. The GCertClinTeach will be unique in the international marketplace for its quality, flexibility and immediate utility.

Clinicians who gain the University of Melbourne GCertClinTeach will be valued for their commitment to clinical teaching. Those who progress to the Grad Dip will be recognised for their advanced knowledge and skills, and those who undertake the Masters program for their demonstrated excellence in clinical education.

Learning Outcomes:

It is the first in a pathway of award courses being developed by FMDHS (along with the Grad Dip Clin Ed and M Clin Ed). It is primarily intended as a high quality professional development opportunity for those clinicians who teach clinical learners (at all levels) in healthcare settings.

Graduates who gain the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching will be:

Academically excellent:
• demonstrate an analytical and reflective approach to their clinical teaching and supervision activities and a recognition of their professional responsibilities in this area;
• underpin their clinical teaching with the best available research evidence;
• contribute to the scholarly development of the field of clinical teaching.

Knowledgeable across disciplines:
• contribute to the learning of students at all levels of the educational continuum;
• be aware of the unique and common challenges and approaches involved in developing learners of different health disciplines;
• be aware of their strengths and weaknesses as a clinical teacher and/or supervisor and be prepared to collaborate accordingly;
• collaborate with practitioners from other health disciplines to achieve best outcomes for their learners.

Leaders in communities:
• initiate and implement constructive change in the approach to clinical teaching within their healthcare environment;
• mentor future generations of clinical learners;
• appreciate the importance of exchanging feedback, support and assistance with colleagues;
• be well-informed of the health workforce training needs of the local communities within which they practise.

Attuned to cultural diversity:
• develop a student-centred approach to clinical teaching and learning;
• respect knowledge, cultures and values of Indigenous students and patients involved in teaching;
• maintain and encourage a sensitive and respectful approach to involving people from different cultures in clinical education;
• be aware of the specific cultural characteristics of the communities within which they practise.

Active global citizens:
• accept social and civic responsibilities to help develop an appropriate, accessible and sustainable health workforce;
• advocate for environmental sustainability;
• seek opportunities to contribute to the improvement of health workforce in developing countries.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The Graduate Certificate of Clinical Teaching employs a similar structure to the GCUT on which it is based, with 4 subjects of equal weighting (12.5 points each) spread over two semesters.

First semester:
1. Effective Clinical Teaching
2. Effective Clinical Supervision

Second semester:
3. Clinical Education in Practice
4. Assessing Clinical Performance

Subject Options:

The Graduate Certificate In Clinical Teaching includes the following four core subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
October, Semester 2
October, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• an entry-to-practice degree or equivalent in a health discipline, or
• a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in another area and have at least three years’ experience of clinical teaching; and
• current involvement in the delivery of clinical teaching.
Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking and/or assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic qualification and performance; and
• the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Priority for entry to the course will be given to holders of FMDHS Excellence in Clinical Teaching scholarships.

The Selection Committee is composed of representatives of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. It reports to the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Project Steering Committee, which in turn reports to the Medical Courses Committee.

Core Participation Requirements:

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree 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 degree.

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 course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives 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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:

Further Study:

Graduates may progress to a range of further coursework programs, including the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education (GD-CLINED) and the Master of Clinical Education (MC-CLINED).

Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

· Academically excellent:

o have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship

o have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)

o reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication

o be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning

o be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

· Knowledgeable across disciplines:

o examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines

o expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects

o have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems

o have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

· Leaders in communities:

o initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces

o have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations

o mentor future generations of learners

o engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

· Attuned to cultural diversity:

o value different cultures

o be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work

o have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community

o respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

· Active global citizens:

o accept social and civic responsibilities

o be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment

have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • understand the principles of effective clinical teaching, learning and assessment;
  • critically analyse the most salient research that underpins clinical teaching and supervision and the key debates in this field;
  • prepare and deliver effective, efficient and appropriate clinical teaching in a variety of settings;
  • understand the academic basis of effective clinical teaching.
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