Simulation Exercise

Subject VETS50015 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approximately 10-14 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 200 hours per semester


The following subjects are prerequisites:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012
Not offered in 2012
Not offered in 2012


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Information learned in the prior modules of this course

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on their academic performance are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Helen Smithwick
Academic programs & Student Centre Manager
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
+61 (0)3 8344 8906

Subject Overview:

Simulation exercises are often used to train animal health staff and others in responding to outbreaks, and to test systems developed for outbreak responses. This course will use a series of lectures to give students appropriate information on planning, conducting and evaluating exercises and then progress to participating in and analysing the responses in a simulation exercise.


On completion of this subject, students will have gained an overview of planning, management and evaluation of different types of simulation exercises.


During this subject, student participation will be assessed in weekly forums and by contributions to bulletin boards. Quizzes will be held on-line at the end of weeks 4, 8 and 12. A dissertation providing a descriptive and analytical assessment of the simulation exercise that the student participated in will be submitted by the end of week 20.

The assessment components of this subject are:

  • Participation in forums and bulletin boards (5%)
  • Completion of three quizzes (15%)
  • Dissertation of 10,000 words (80%)
Prescribed Texts:

Material from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and Animal Health Australia (AHA) will be provided as part of the on-line subject materials.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have further developed their organisational and management skills and ability to critically evaluated applied responses to animal disease emergencies.


Reliable internet access with at least a medium speed connection and a personal computer are essential for undertaking this online program. The content is accessed through your web browser. Microsoft Officeâ„¢ and Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent software packages are necessary for assessment tasks, assignments and some class exercises.

Related Course(s): Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Diseases)

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