Clinical Simulation

Subject EDUC90805 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Aug-2015 to 28-Aug-2015
Assessment Period End 03-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 25-Aug-2015
Census Date 11-Sep-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Oct-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 8 hours (intensive delivery)
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education (GD-CLINED) or the Master of Clinical Education (MC-CLINED). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
October, Semester 2
October, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Those undertaking the subject should be active in clinical education with experience of delivering education in a range of healthcare environments.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

Clinical Simulation welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree 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 degree.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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 may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Prof Robert O'Brien


Academic Contact

Robert O'Brien

Administrative Contact

Erin Turner
E.X.C.I.T.E. Program Administrator
Phone 03 8344 2591

Subject Overview:

Clinical simulation involves a range of immersive techniques that replace or amplify real clinical experiences with interactive, guided ones to achieve enhanced educational outcomes with safety for both patient and learner. This subject examines the educational underpinnings of effective clinical simulation. It includes an interactive visit to a clinical simulation facility.

Learning Outcomes:

By completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • understand the underlying principles of effective clinical simulation
  • describe the range of clinical simulation techniques and the appropriateness of low/high technology and low/high fidelity simulations for different clinical situations
  • design a clinical simulation scenario using a range of resources
  • conduct an effective debriefing and feedback discussion with learners following a simulated experience
  • understand the role of clinical simulation in promoting effective interprofessional teamwork
  • Written assignment arguing the pros and cons of the use of simulation based education in the current delivery of clinical education in your organisation, using the papers provided to assist in the development of your position (1500 words). Due mid-semester - 60%.
  • Design a simulation based education case that could be conducted in your organisation, using the template provided and based on the areas covered in the face to face teaching day (1000 words). Due end of semester - 40%.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

After completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • apply theories and principles to specific clinical teaching and learning contexts;
  • access and use relevant research literature;
  • identify best practice in clinical simulation;
  • demonstrate understanding of the subject in concise oral and written formats.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education
Master of Clinical Education

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