IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
Semester 1OnlineOnline
In this unit, students explore the theoretical foundations of learning and teaching and critically discuss their roles as health professional teachers. They are assessed and given feedback on their teaching through performance and compare and contrast different teaching approaches. Students learn about curriculum development and, through analysis of successful innovations, gather examples relevant for their own health profession practice.
Students are able to (1) discuss and apply adult learning educational principles; (2) discuss learning theories; (3) demonstrate knowledge of strategies to facilitate clinical teaching and learning; (4) compare and contrast different teaching approaches and learning styles; (5) demonstrate critical self-reflection skills as both a teacher and learner; and (6) discuss educational leadership in the context of the health professional.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) teaching philosophy; (2) plan a learning activity; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sandra Carr
Contact hours
seminars for two hour a week and online activities
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.