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CRIT5009: Teaching with Simulation

Semester 1, 2023 [Distance education/intensive on campus] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Simulation is now a required learning and skill maintenance tool in critical care medicine. This unit will provide students with the skills and knowledge to: construct a challenging, yet safe learning environment with realistic simulation scenarios; manage the technology and the learning environment; and provide effective debriefing and productive feedback. The unit of study will also aim to enhance the student's skills as a teacher in a busy clinical setting, improving supervision and feedback and creating effective teams.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CRIT5009
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Leonie Watterson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Online discsussions
Online discussion
20% Multiple weeks 200 to 600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Skills-based evaluation Portfolio tasks
30% Multiple weeks 600 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Participation Workshop tasks
20% Week 08 2 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Online task Written relection
Written task
10% Week 10 600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Online task Essay
20% Week 11 1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1

Assessment summary

  • Discussion forum: This task requires you to contribute to an online discussion. This task enables you to introduce yourself to other students and faculty. In face to face simulation training we consider it to be an important element of what we call ‘psychological safety’. You will address this in more detail in Module 2. Non simulation educators also use the term ‘positive group dynamic’.
  • Post workshop reflection: This assignment is a written reflection on the learning experiences in the two-day face to face workshop.
  • Essay: Using a video case study write an essay that explains the principles and stages of debriefing using the learner’s preferred debriefing model as an example.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note, for this unit of study (CRIT5009) the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date for 5 calendar days only. This is to ensure that timely feedback is provided to students. If the assessment is submitted more than 5 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Mid-semester break Live Webinar workshop Workshop (10 hr) LO1
Week 01 Module 1: Key concepts Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1: Key concepts Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 2: Simulation learning theories and environment Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 2: Simulation learning theories and environment Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 3: Scenario design and realism Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 3: Scenario design and realism Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 4: Debriefing Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 4: Debriefing Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 5: Simulation technologies Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 5: Simulation technologies Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 6: Assessment Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 6: Assessment Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 7: Application to practice Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: A mandatory two day workshop will be delivered on Thursday April 20 2023 and Friday April 21 2023.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Please see Canvas for individual module outcomes.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements for this unit.


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