Teaching & Learning Methods
7.1 Teaching Methods
The programme mainly adopts lecture, seminar, tutorial and laboratory practice as teaching methods, as well as to guide students to refer to their actual working situations while learning. The above methods are selected with the aim to increase students’ abilities in mutual integration between theory and practice.
Lecture, usually in the form of classroom teaching, is nowadays the commonest way of teaching massive material to students. During lecture, teachers adopt evidence-based teaching method to present to students knowledge and updated information in the area of topic concerned, at the same time point out the emphases and challenging areas of study with detailed explanations. This not only allows students to develop a systematic and comprehensive understanding of knowledge, but also to more efficiently pinpoint the focus of learning and be stimulated to further study.
7.3 Seminar (Teacher-Student Ratio 1 : 10 – 15)
Seminar is conducted in small groups. There is at least one nursing teacher responsible in each group. The teacher will lead the small group to discuss a topic. At the beginning, the discussion could be set into action by the teacher, and later on students themselves can drive the self-directed learning in the seminar. During the seminar, students have to participate proactively by expressing their viewpoints and comments. Students also have to integrate their knowledge acquired with actual working or daily life experiences in order to develop their abilities in combining theory and practice as well as integrative analysis and problem-solving skills.
7.4 Tutorial (Teacher-Student Ratio 1 : 25)
Tutorial is one kind of group learning. Through small group exploration, students can clarify the learned concepts, and have the opportunity to discuss the related subject content with teachers or fellow classmates, and exchange their practice experience. Tutorial is also applied to some students in need of guidance.
7.5 Laboratory Practice (Teacher-Student Ratio 1 : 15 – 20)
The objective of laboratory practice is to intensify students' theoretical knowledge and nursing skills acquired in classroom through demonstration and practice of experiments. In the laboratory room section, the teacher-student ratio will depend on the size of laboratory, safety condition, and students' learning needs.