HCS5100 - Foundations of health professions education: Clinical Simulation - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Debra Nestel


Professor Debra Nestel

Unit guides



  • Second semester (extended) 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Must be enrolled in M4008


This unit will introduce students to theoretical and practical aspects of learning and teaching. After reflecting on their educational philosophy, participants will apply theories, concepts, terms and processes of curriculum design to their own learning contexts.

Students will then implement, assess and evaluate learning activities in selected clinical and other relevant settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a personal philosophy of learner-centred education
  2. Describe and apply theories and concepts that inform educational practice.
  3. Identify and apply principles of curriculum design, using simulation to meet learning objectives.
  4. Debate contemporary issues in healthcare simulation
  5. Plan, design, implement, assess and evaluate a simulation-based education programme
  6. Describe and practice feedback and debriefing approaches to support participants learning following simulation activities
  7. Analyse approaches to feedback and debriefing in healthcare simulation
  8. Develop a strategy for further learning as a health professional educator.
  9. Apply theories that inform educational practice to simulation design


  • Critical reflection (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Programme analysis (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Teaching session design (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Teaching session presentation (2,000 word report and 20 minute presentation) (30%)

Workload requirements

On-campus: Students will attend Unit related workshops for four days as the equivalent of 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Each day will run from 0800 to 1700 - 8 hours, comprising 32 hours of the allocated 288 hours for the Unit.

Additional directed study (readings, engagement in online discussions) will comprise 104 hours.

Each onsite day will include lectures, tutorials, practical activities including mini presentations, debates, student-led demonstrations and discussions.

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