Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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Unit Overview


This unit builds on the practical skills of rural clinicians as educators. It begins with a discussion forum about the principles of successful teaching based on clinicians' prior experience. Students identify an educational topic of interest in their practice and/or professional development. They are then guided through current educational literature on this topic to develop achievable learning objectives. The students spend time together and with lecturers to develop a short course that could be taught in their practice community. Discussions about how to assess the efficacy of their course enables the selection of appropriate evaluation tools and methods. As practicable, students are invited to implement their course and receive feedback. They are invited to systematically reflect on their practice. Finally, real and dummy data are used to assist students to consider how they would prepare a report, conference presentation or publication of their education project.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1ExternalFace to face

Students are able to (1) apply educational principles and theories to a practice setting; (2) critically review current educational literature in relation to a topic of interest to rural and remote medicine; (3) develop learning objectives in an area of interest to rural and remote medicine; (4) design a brief educational program deliverable in a rural/remote setting; (5) use and critique existing assessment and evaluation tools; (6) summarise project results in publication format; and (7) apply reflective skills in professional practice.


There are no formal examinations. Assessment is based on assignments (20 per cent) and a project (80 per cent).

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
for part-time enrolment: RMED5803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural) [formerly RMED8803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural)]
for full-time enrolment: RMED5803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural) [formerly RMED8803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural)]
Contact hours
video conference seminars/workshops: 2 hours per fortnight

A reading list is available through Associate Professor Denese Playford, The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

  • 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.