Navigating murky curriculum waters - Using simple technologies and sector-relevant competencies to map a shared direction for a Bachelor of Health Sciences curriculum

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dc.contributor.author Petersen, Mary en
dc.contributor.author Egan, John en
dc.contributor.author Barrow, Mark en
dc.coverage.spatial Melbourne, Australia en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-29T01:30:26Z en
dc.date.issued 2015-07-07 en
dc.identifier.citation Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference 2015: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World, 06 - 09 July 2015 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28316 en
dc.description.abstract Background/context: In 2014, a curriculum implementation plan arose during a standard programme review. The aim was to comprehensively map the current Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) curriculum to inform a cohesive vision for the future. Staff wanted to be able to answer: what is our ‘core’ and how does the content of our programme relate to the health sector that we serve and to the professional capabilities required of our graduates? Initiative/practice: A curriculum map, visual matrices and collaborative meeting processes became simple but powerful guides as critical programme deveopment decisions were made. The mapping has supported a mandate for change towards a more coherent, workforce-oriented programme. Already familiar technologies such as NVivo, Word and Excel were used to carry out the curriculum mapping in lieu of proprietary curriculum management software, in order to maximise sustainability of the curriculum mapping process post-review. Simple visual matrices co-created by staff enabled robust, honest critique of course content and assessment tasks. Staff have now developed a set of new, fully aligned core courses in the BHSc including two complementary ‘capstone’ courses addressing requisite health sector capabilities. Method(s) of evaluative data collection and analysis: Pre-review course outlines (n=24) and assessments (n=104) were analysed using thematic coding in NVivo mapped to the revised graduate capabilities for the BHSc. Lecturers validated these data using the co-constructed matrices to explore overlapping content and/or gaps across the programme. At the end of 2014, teaching staff involved in the curriculum project (n=14) completed an evaluation survey analysing the tools and processes that best supported their own development, and their BHSc programme knowledge development. Evidence of effectiveness: Prior to the curriculum project the evaluation data indicated that knowledge of the BHSc programme was reported as being “low or average” for a large proportion of key academic participants. Post-project this has shifted to a substantially improved number of staff reporting a “high or very high” knowledge of the programme curriculum. Likewise prior to the professional development work significant numbers of staff involved reported “low or average” knowledge of competencies/capabilities. Post-project, this meaningfully shifted to almost all staff reporting a “very high or high” knowledge of competencies/capabilities. Link to conference themes: This presentation focuses first on conference theme one which explores how we can establish what capabilities are required of our graduates and how we can ensure these match sector needs into the future – in this case, in the health sector. It highlights examples from practice in the Bachelor of Health Sciences programme. We first describe how an overarching programme purpose was developed in conjunction with external sector input to clarify programme-wide graduate capabilities. Next we illustrate concrete examples of effective tools and processes used by academic staff to move from focusing on isolated current course content to developing a shared curriculum map to inform future course developments across a programme. Related to this we also address questions from conference theme three concerned with how we can assess, embed and evaluate these graduate capabilities once we have mapped them across our courses. Again, tangible examples are discussed describing the deliberate shaping of stage three ‘capstone’ courses to embed and assess the graduate capabilities. Additionally, staff planning and development processes used to document these are also highlighted. Throughout we note the inherent challenges in navigating ‘murky’ curricular waters to ensure our graduate capabilities are transferable beyond academia into sector-specific workplaces. en
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dc.title Navigating murky curriculum waters - Using simple technologies and sector-relevant competencies to map a shared direction for a Bachelor of Health Sciences curriculum en
dc.type Presentation en
pubs.author-url http://herdsa2015.org/assets/Uploads/HERDSA-Program-08.07.pdf en
pubs.finish-date 2015-07-09 en
pubs.start-date 2015-07-06 en
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pubs.subtype Conference Oral Presentation en
pubs.elements-id 520325 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Faculty Administration FMHS en
pubs.org-id Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education en
pubs.org-id Pharmacy en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-02-05 en


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