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Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning CPD7009


Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning explores and further develops understanding of simulation for teaching and supporting learning in the clinical workplace. Examining simulation techniques and technologies from across the low-fidelity to high-fidelity continuum, this module will raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of using and designing simulation-based training activities to create effective, high quality, learning opportunities in the clinical context. Issues of authenticity, participant engagement, approaches and roles of the facilitator and transferability of skills, current debates on the reliability and validity of measuring and assessing learning via simulation, plus wider educational issues which simulation may ‘unearth’ will be explored in relation to theory, practical evidence and existing literature.

Please note: this module will not be running in the academic year 2023 to 2024.

Module code:CPD7009
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:N/A

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

The module is designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment.

What are the key aims of the module?

  • To highlight the importance of recognising simulation as a teaching modality
  • To raise awareness of reasons why trainers may choose simulation based
  • To raise awareness of how trainers may implement simulation based training
  • To raise awareness of on-going debates regarding the efficacy & uses of simulation.

How will I study?

This module is normally studied on a blended learning basis, with the majority of content delivered online, via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. The online content is supplemented by three face-to-face sessions. The module overall takes 18 weeks.

What will I study?

  • Patient Safety
  • Clinical Training
  • Non-technical Skills
  • Team Working
  • Situational Awareness
  • Crisis Management
  • Learning Outcomes & Session Design
  • Approaches & Roles
  • Authenticity & the Hi-Lo Fidelity Continuum
  • Debrief & Feedback
  • Assessment
  • Transferrable Skills

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. A range of assessment strategies are employed in this module including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports, case studies, peer observation of teaching, the design of learning activities and the creation of portfolios. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent).

On successful completion you will:

  • Articulate a rationale for choosing simulation as a teaching modality
  • Apply the underpinning teaching and learning theories to designing a session, delivering a session, conducting a debrief and evaluating your teaching
  • Appreciate the debates on the limitations and implications of the use of simulation in workplace based learning

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules, it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

Please note: this module will not be running in the academic year 2023 to 2024.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact Module Co-ordinator – Jill Cochrane, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
email [email protected].

Alternatively, you can contact the Medical School via email on [email protected].


This module can be studied on a standalone basis.

It is also an optional module for the MA Clinical Education programme.