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If you’re looking to hone your leadership skills in a clinical learning environment, this unit is for you. You will develop a solid understanding of how experience and education works in healthcare – with reference to patient safety – and uncover the responsibilities a facilitator is accountable for. You will learn to critically reflect upon experience-based learning and synthesise contemporary adult learning theories. Walk away with a responsive attitude to clinical learning, as well as the ability to provide feedback and apply your knowledge to improve patient care. In this unit, you will study:

  • The broad landscape of professional experience learning in a clinical setting
  • Managing the learning environment for patient safety
  • Teaching and applying critical reflection of professional experience education
  • The inclusion of the patient’s voice in professional experience education
  • Providing and monitoring the students’ application of the feedback they are provided
  • Assessing your work at the point of patient care.

Learning outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the difference between supervising and facilitating learning in professional placements
  • Critically analyse ways in which facilitating learning supports patient safety, patient centred-care and student-centred teaching
  • Evaluate the features of effective feedback that encourages students to reflect on their knowledge, skills, behaviours and clinical practice methodologies


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Reflective writing - 30%
  • Report - 60%
  • Discussion board - 10%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Healthcare Leadership, Master of Mental Health and Master of Mental Health Nursing.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.