Scenario Design for Simulation-based Education

Provider: Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education


Simulation-based education often provides learners with an opportunity to develop clinical knowledge and skills in context. This is achieved through creating scenarios in which learners can immerse themselves as a means to integrate components of clinical practice learnt in isolation, to develop practices for teamwork and interprofessional collaborative practice, and to connect sequences of patient care. Scenario-based learning can also promote learner engagement with careful design considerations. This may include representation of the voices of multiple stakeholders, including patients and/or their carers. In this unit, students will review a range of scenario templates highlighting benefits and limitations and will design scenarios for creating immersive learning experiences.

Students will also have the opportunity to apply theory from the foundation unit in health professions education.

  1. Discuss considerations of educational design in scenario-based learning
  2. Describe the concept of immersion to achieve learning
  3. Discuss the benefits and limitations of templates in scenario design
  4. Describe sources of inspiration for scenarios
  5. Discuss strategies for achieving multiple perspectives in scenarios
  6. Demonstrate effective scenario design

CPD Points: Students will receive 6cp of credit towards an elective unit in the GradCertClinSim upon passing the assessed version of the short course


Debra Nestel, PhD, is Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education. Debra completed her first degree at Monash and has since lived and worked in Hong Kong, London and now back in Melbourne. Debra leads a national programme in simulation education (, a network in simulated patient methodology (, and is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation (, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine. When Debra is not at Monash, she is busy being a Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. In this role she is Course Director of the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education, co-badged degrees with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also Course Director of a new suite of programs in Surgical Science.

Dates: Wed 23rd to Fri 25th May 2018

Venue: address TBC, Melbourne VIC

$ 2400 incl GST (no assessment)
$ 2640 incl GST (with assessment)*

*Only students with an offer of admission to the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Simulation (course code M4008) are permitted to register for the assessed version of this short course. Students will receive 6cp of credit towards an elective unit in the GradCertClinSim upon passing the assessed version of the short course (see the course progression map at Graduate Certificate applications are submitted online at: Timely applications for 2018 entry should be submitted by 1 March.

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Telephone: +61 3 990 55112

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