Health Studies (HLST) 320

Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (Revision 8)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: Post-LPN: ENGL 255 and PHIL 152 recommended.

Precluded Course: HLST 320 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HLST 482.

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

HLST 320 is not available for Challenge

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**Note: Follow instructions on the Undergraduate Course Registration form and select “Online” when asked for delivery mode. Online course materials cannot be accessed before your course contract start date.


HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals introduces the principles and theories of teaching and learning within a health context. Using a variety of activities you will learn how to assess the teaching-learning environment, develop a teaching plan, apply specific teaching strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of teaching. By the completion of this course you will begin to understand the complexities and realities of health teaching from a personal and theoretical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of HLST 320, the student will achieve or exceed the following learning outcomes:

  • describe the complexities and realities of health teaching from a personal and theoretical perspective,
  • apply the teaching-learning process to a health-related situation in a systematic manner that reflects the principles of teaching and learning presented in this course


Section 1
Developing Your Teaching-Learning Philosophy

  • Unit 1: Health Teaching
  • Unit 2: Theories of Learning and Motivation
  • Unit 3: Learning Styles and Teaching Locations

Section 2
Assessment and the Art of Writing Learner-Centered Objectives

  • Unit 4: Teaching-Learning Process: Assessing
  • Unit 5: The Art of Writing Learning-Centered Objectives

Section 3
Developing a Learner-Centered Teaching Plan

  • Unit 6: Teaching-Learning Process: Planning
  • Unit 7: Teaching -Learning Process: Implementing
  • Unit 8: Teaching-Learning Process: Evaluating


To receive credit for HLST 320, students must complete all of the required assignments and achieve a composite grade of at least C- (60 percent) and pass the personal assessment exercise. All papers submitted must follow the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) (2010).

The assignments and weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Development of Your Teaching-Learning Philosophy 35%
Writing Learning Objectives 30%
Developing and Simulating a Learner-Centered Teaching Plan 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


There is no required or recommended print textbook for this course.

Other Materials

The HLST320 Study Guide and all course learning resources are imbedded within the learning activities found in each unit.

The learning activities are supported with open source online resources (sometimes called Open Educational Resources [OER]), links to other online multi-media resources, and electronic references from the AU library.

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.

Opened in Revision 8, October 14, 2015.

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