CEPET Resources & Training

CEPET Resources & Training

CEPET Resources

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Simulation Hub

The Macquarie University Simulation Hub draws together a range of simulation devices into one location, enabling CEPET's members and other leading experts from the University and the industry to collaborate on translational research across a wide-range of disciplines.

The hub provides our researchers access to:

  • a virtual reality space
  • driving and flight simulators
  • a sports and movement lab
  • rooms that simulate a bar, office and therapist's office.

CEPET Training

Training courses offered by CEPET are broadly categorised into two components, focussed on improving performance in practice. In training systems design, academics at CEPET provide expert advice and educational courses in
instructional systems design, the design and implementation of simulation, training assessment and evaluation, and curriculum design.

Practice Training Courses

  1. Decision-Making is a complex and potentially demanding task that needs to be understood at a number of different levels. We take an approach that integrates experience with different forms of decision-making under different conditions. The outcome for participants is a simple, evidence-based model that is easily applicable in practice.
  2. Human Error is explained from both its causes and its consequences in complex situations. The aim is to assist participants to recognise when errors are likely to occur and what they can do to reduce the frequency and/or mitigate the impact of errors on performance. This topic also includes a discussion of hazards and errors that occur at the system level.
  3. Communication is an important determinant of success in high technology, team-based environments. We demonstrate the importance of standard phraseology and the use of communication to develop and maintain joint mental representations, thereby ensuring coordinated and complementary performance.
  4. Stress and Fatigue represent different extremes of human performance that have the capacity to impact adversely, the performance of operators in advanced technology settings. We approach the problem of stress by demonstrating and encouraging the practice of stress management techniques. Strategies for both chronic and acute fatigue management are described in detail.
  5. Situational Awareness involves understanding the past, its impact on the present, and projecting implications for the future. Sometimes referred to as being ‘ahead of the system’, it allows operators to anticipate and thereby avoid potential human errors. The development and maintenance of situational awareness is explained and examples are provided that illustrate the application of awareness strategies in practice.

Modules can be taken individually or as part of a longer course, depending upon the needs of the organisation.
Contact: Professor Mark Wiggins, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University
Email: mark.wiggins@mq.edu.au

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