CLINED 705 : Simulation and Clinical Skills Teaching

Medical and Health Sciences

2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Theory and practice around the use of simulators in clinical education. Addresses underlying theory, research, course design, acquisition of clinical skills, scenario-based learning, scenario design, simulator programming, and feedback after simulated performance.

Course Overview

ClinEd705: Simulation and Clinical Skills Teaching covers the fundamental theory and practice around using simulation in clinical education. The course addresses the following topics in simulation-based learning: underlying theory research and evidence of effectiveness course design acquisition of clinical skills scenario-based learning scenario design debriefing of participants after a simulated performance.
The course is provided online via Canvas ( with a compulsory two-day face-to-face workshop held at the University of Auckland's Simulation Centre for Patient Safety (SCPS)( at the Grafton Campus. During this workshop, students will have an opportunity to design, run, and debrief a clinical simulation scenario with feedback from the teaching faculty and peers in the class. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries, questions, or points you wish to discuss.
Course Director: Jennifer Weller
Course co-ordinator: Craig Webster
Course co-ordinator: Jane Torrie 

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Indentify where in their curriculum, simulation-based learning and skills labs would most effectively address the set learning objectives (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 4.1) (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.1)
  2. Describe the different types of simulators and skills trainers and how to choose the appropriate device and method. (Capability 1.2 and 3.1) (Capability 1.2 and 3.1)
  3. Design effective lessons using simulation or procedural trainers. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3) (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of their simulation or clinical skills teaching. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 and 2.2) (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 and 2.2)
  5. Critically evaluate Evaluate the use of simulation-based assessment in their own context. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 5.2 and 5.3) (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 5.2 and 5.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Discussions 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments 35% Individual Coursework
Assignments 35% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

Delivery Mode


This course is fully online however there is a two-day workshop designing, running and debriefing a simulation on 24th and 25th July 2023. The workshop, or similar hands on simulation experience, is compulsory. Contact the Course Director if unable to attend to negotiate and alternative face-to-face simulation experience. 

Study materials are uploaded on Canvas.

This course runs to the University semester and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Attendance at two-day workshop in University of Auckland Simulation Centre for Patient Safety.

Recommended text: Essential Simulation in Clinical Education. Editors K Forrest, J McKimm, S Edgar. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Students wanted more time practicing debriefing. Additional time will be included to provide more support for debriefing. An option for an online session during the course will be considered. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 26/10/2022 02:03 p.m.