Health Studies (HLST) 320
Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals

This version of HLST 320 closed November 27, 2002. To current version.

Delivery modes: Individualized-study online.
Credits: 3 - Applied Studies
Prerequisite: A regulated health professional (regulated by Bill 22: The Health Profession Act)
Precluded course: HLST 320 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for APST 382 or HLST 482.
Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies
Challenge for Credit: HLST 320 has a Challenge for Credit option

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HLST 320 presents a four-step instructional design model: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Learning theories, health concepts, and developmental stages are incorporated. Students will learn to distinguish between teacher-directed and self-directed approaches to the process of teaching and learning; apply the four steps of the teaching-learning process to health-related situations in a systematic manner that reflects the principles of learning and motivation presented in this course; recognize the unique learning needs of learners across the life span; and appreciate the complexities and realities of teaching health from a personal and theoretical perspective.


  • Unit 1 Health Education
  • Unit 2 Learning Styles, Locations and Resources
  • Unit 3 Informed Decision-making in Health Care
  • Unit 4 Learning Theories
  • Unit 5 Motivation, Attention and Compliance
  • Unit 6 Instructional Design: Assessment
  • Unit 7 Instructional Design: Planning
  • Unit 8 Instructional Design: Implementation
  • Unit 9 Instructional Design: Evaluation


To receive credit for HLST 320, students must achieve a grade of at least 60 percent on each assignment and a grade of at least 60 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Personal Goals Analysis Paper Teaching Project Final Exam Total
5% 20% 35% 40% 100%

Course Materials


Babcock, D. E., and M.A. Miller. 1994. Client education: Theory and practice. Toronto: Mosby.

Gronlund, Norman E. 1991. How to write and use instructional objectives (4th ed). New York: Macmillan.

Canada. Department of Health and Welfare. 1987. Achieving health for all: A framework for health promotion. Ottawa: Supply and Services.

Other Material

The course materials include a study guide, a student manual, and a book of readings.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.
Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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