AC6760 - Assessor and Supervisor Preparation in Clinical Practice

What will I learn on this module?

During this module you will develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in supervising and assessing individuals and groups of both patients and other learners in a classroom environment and a clinical practice environment. This will include an evaluation of key theoretical concepts underpinning learning, supervising and assessment. Building on and deepening prior learning you will further develop a greater understanding of how patient education in clinical practice can influence ill health prevention and the holistic health and wellbeing of the individual. This will include an analysis of the barriers and enablers to your practice role in helping patients learn and change their behaviour. You will also explore models of education in theory and practice contexts and you will practice the delivery of teaching and learning to other individual learners and groups of learners working in clinical practice. Building on prior learning you will explore how assessment influences learning and critique the learning challenges of different types of supervision and assessment, including the practice supervision and assessment of competency.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will take a blended approach, including learning in the academic setting, directed learning using on-line learning materials and work-based learning in the practice setting. You will be expected to use self-direction to pursue innovative learning experiences.

The campus-based sessions will be interactive and will be designed to encourage you to explore your experiences of facilitating practice learning and assessment, in the light of current theory, literature and policy. You will be encouraged to learn with, from and about each other’s roles and professional perspectives, in order to promote a culture of collaboration in the practice learning environment.

Online learning materials will provide a combination of theory; directed learning activities; reflection upon practice experiences of facilitating learning and assessment with one learner; and the opportunity to engage in collaborative learning with module peers.
You will be expected to engage in practice-based work, with directed learning activities to guide them. They will be required to work with or be able to reflect on recent experience with at least one learner in practice, using an experiential learning approach to evaluate your experience in relation to current theory and practice.

Facilitating learning, supervision and assessment in practice module learning journey will include:
• exploration of current thinking on adult learning theory- relate to learning, supervising and assessment strategies.
• identification of individual learning needs and learning styles
• agreeing a learning contract/ongoing review and action planning
• developing strategies for facilitating learning – e.g., reflection, skills for practice, enquiry-based learning, collaborative learning
• inter-professional learning – case studies of facilitation in practice
• supervision of learners in the clinical setting
• considering how to work with challenging students and using support systems
• principles of assessment for learning – fostering professional growth, personal development and accountability
• continuous assessment - initial, formative and summative assessment strategies
• giving constructive feedback/ feed-forward and reviewing progress along with action planning
• accountability – including professional roles and responsibilities
• education- clinical practice partnership in the assessment process

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module teacher who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. They have been involved in developing the eLearning materials and assessment exercises, will provide some of your face to face teaching, and feedback, supported by other staff. Details of your assessment will be introduced to you at the start of the module and you will also have an opportunity to engage in online group tutorial support. You will also have an allocated personal/guidance teacher who will provide advice and support in relation to academic, procedural, and (where desired and appropriate) personal matters during the programme of study you have enrolled on. You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any specific IT issues related to the eLearning package. You will also have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Evaluate using critical reflection, the learning journey in clinical practice using evidence-based approaches in the facilitation of learning, support, assessment and supervision.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of factors that can impact and influence the outcome of learning and professional development and consider strategies to address these.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Appraise own professional role development as a supervisor/assessor in clinical practice and map development against relevant professional standards.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of approved assessment processes and manage them within education-practice partnerships, in accordance with professional accountability and using principles of assessment for learning.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Create effective relationships with learners, colleagues, service users and carers to support collaborative learning in practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative exercises
You will deliver a formative peer group teaching session in class, which will explore concepts relating to the summative assessment. Academic supervisors will engage with you to appraise your current level of understanding and appreciation of the concepts within the activity, to provide formative feedback for undertaking the summative assignment. (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Summative assignment

The summative assessment for this module will require a 2500-word reflective critique of a supervising or assessing episode of learning in clinical practice, in which you will explore your role development as a supervisor/assessor in clinical practice. This will incorporate evidence of the facilitation of learning, supervising and/or assessment with one learner in practice and evaluation of your own learning and development (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Summative feedback on final submission of the assessed work will be given in a structured format to inform future practice





Module abstract

During this module you will develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in facilitating learning, supervising and assessing individuals and groups of both patients, colleagues and other learners in a clinical practice environment. This will include evaluation of key theoretical concepts underpinning learning, supervising and assessment. The module will enable you to demonstrate that you are working to relevant professional standards. It will include classroom-based sessions, clinical practice- based experience with a learner and structured, directed learning activities supported by on-line learning materials. Building on and deepening prior learning you will further develop a greater understanding of how learning in the clinical practice environment can enhance the learning experience You will be expected to evaluate your development as a supervisor/assessor in practice, which will incorporate evidence through critical reflection of your experience of facilitating learning, supervising and assessing of a learner in the in the clinical practice environment. At this level, you will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of the complexity of factors that can impact and influence the outcome of learning and professional development within clinical practice learning environment and consider strategies to address. You will submit a reflective critique of your performance as a supervisor/assessor and identify your future learning needs.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 Year Part Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or January 2025

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