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HEA8202 Innovative Learning Strategies for Healthcare Environment

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Innovative Learning Strategies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Lisa Beccaria


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or MNSG or GCNG or GDNG or PDEV or GCHH or MNRS or GDHH or MOHH or GCHE
Co-requisite: HEA8001

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Healthcare is a rapidly changing and dynamic area. Educators within healthcare face challenges in providing learning opportunities with limited access to staff and limited resources. These issues require innovative strategies supported by strong evidence to promote learning that supports employees and students to learn. Professional learning undertaken by staff needs to be reported on for accreditation purposes.


Students will critically analyse evidence to determine innovative strategies to provide learning in their work context. The strategies will be reviewed in relation to recognised theories of learning and developed into learning opportunities to be provide within the organisation. In this course students will learn to link learning outcomes acquired from innovative strategies to accreditation standards.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Critically review the relevant literature to identify the benefits and challenges of introducing innovative learning strategies;
  2. Critically review and implement learning strategies that meet the needs of learners within the learning environment;
  3. Identify the changing demands of professional learning;
  4. Develop learning strategies that reflect learning theory as it relates to practice;
  5. Evaluate clinical education practices conducted in the workplace;
  6. Review and report on learning strategies in relation to accreditation requirements of the organisation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Innovative learning strategies for learning in healthcare to improve student access and engagement. 30.00
2. Theories of learning used in adult education. 20.00
3. Evaluation and assessment of learning in relation to student outcomes and to inform future learning activities. 30.00
4. Reporting on learning curriculum, strategies and outcomes to inform organisation accreditation. 20.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Readings as identified by the course team.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 52.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Part 1 - Situational Analysis 100 50 30 Aug 2021 1,2,3
Part 2 - Education Report 100 50 11 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. Note that assignments may have to be accompanied by a 'Turnitin' Originality Report which the student has to download from the Turnitin website at after submitting their assignment to the Turnitin database online. Details will be provided with the assignment requirements. Failure to attach the Originality Report may result in loss of marks.

  4. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.¬referencing¬guide

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. It is expected that students will complete the Student Evaluation, MyOpinion or alternative, when they have completed the course.

Other Requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 8 November 2021