Simulation Exercise

Subject VETS50015 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 07-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 09-Dec-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Aug-2016
Census Date 26-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 21-Oct-2016

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

340 hours


This is the capstone subject in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (EAD), requiring completion of all other core subjects in this course.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Not offered in 2016
Not offered in 2016


Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment 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 subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Simon Firestone



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.

Learning Outcomes:

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. A dissertation providing a descriptive and analytical assessment of the simulation exercise that the student participated in will be submitted at the end of semester.

The assessment components of this subject are:

  • Participation in forums throughout the semester worth 10%
  • A desktop simulation exercise throughout the semester worth 10%
  • A dissertation of up to a maximum of 8,000 words due at the end of semester worth 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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