Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNotting Hill Second semester (extended) 2012 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Margaret Bearman


Simulation is now a widely used teaching and learning strategy in health professional
education. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to explore the use of simulation as a means of learning professional and clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to examine the theoretical basis, design, planning and implementation features, and evaluation processes related to the implementation of simulation. A full range of simulated methods will be examined including case based learning, professional and clinical skills acquisition using simulated patients, authentic e-learning environments and low, medium to high fidelity clinical simulators. You will be required to critically evaluate the feasibility, usability and 'fit for purpose' characteristics of a range of simulated educational experiences. You will also
have the opportunity to 'showcase' an example of simulation related to your own teaching practice.


On completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. discuss the historical and theoretical basis that underpins the use of simulation;
  2. compare and contrast the different types of simulations used in health professional education;
  3. critically evaluate the educational efficacy of the use of simulation;
  4. describe and analyse simulation debriefing methods;
  5. design a simulated learning experience or program in a specific health professional context based on best evidence practice and with links to curricula and outcomes;
  6. construct an evaluation plan of the simulated learning experience or programme.


Simulated program design and evaluation plan (3,000 words)(50%)
Written assignment (2,500-3,000 words)(40%)
Teaching portfolio (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Margaret Bearman

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus with compulsory study days.