Conceptual framework and curriculum philosophy

Sydney Nursing School has developed a conceptual framework to guide our curriculum construction, implementation and evaluation at all levels.

The same concepts and their interactions inform curriculum decisions and learning/teaching strategies from pre-registration programs through to doctoral work. This framework structures how and what students learn and in what sequence. It provides a scaffolding for development in understanding

  • of nursing and its practice
  • of patients, consumers and the families with whom nurses interact
  • of society and health care systems as the contexts in which nursing takes place and which affect health, health behaviours, health services and health outcomes
  • of teaching, learning, inquiry and research processes through which we learn, practise, develop new knowledge and translate this knowledge to improve nursing practice and health outcomes. (See Figure 1 below.)
Conceptual framework
Learning & Teaching
Learning & Teaching
Learning & Teaching
Learning & Teaching
Learning & Teaching
Learning & Teaching
Learning & Teaching