Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit enables students to identify current educational issues and analyse trends in health professions education. Students critically evaluate innovations in their own disciplines, examine best practice from other health professional groups and examine its transferability to their own teaching context. The unit equips students to select an area of contemporary health professional education, explore the impact of the innovation and any barriers for change, discuss regulatory frameworks and develop skills required to facilitate contemporary education relevant to their own practice.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) identify current innovations or educational issues within the health professions; (2) develop strategies to address current educational issues within the health professions; (3) identify barriers and facilitators to change in health professions education; (4) demonstrate knowledge of evaluation models for innovations or strategies to address current issues; (5) prepare for leadership of change management in health professions education; and (6) identify and analyse current best practice initiatives in health professions education that can be applied in one's own profession.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online activity; (2) Presentation; and (3) written assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Emma Bartle and Dr Kelby Smith-Han
Unit rules
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning (ID 3320)
Contact hours
This class is conducted entirely online
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.