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Strategic Simulation

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8950 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX950

Immerse yourself in a simulated mission and experience teamwork behind the scenes of a crisis. Choose your intelligence professional role—from cyber terrorism analyst to criminologist and more. Put the theory you’ve learnt during your studies into practice. 

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Strategic Simulation

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to;

    1. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of simulation & role playing as an educational and professional tool.
    2. Understand decision-making, bargaining situations and group dynamics in a political-strategic context.
    3. Evaluate advanced simulation disciplinary knowledge and then apply this knowledge to complex and evolving real-world scenarios.
    4. Effectively communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional audiences by creating high-quality briefing papers and presentations.

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PICX950 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT851, PICT950, PICX950
Pre-requisite: Admission to MPICT or GradDipPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud and 40cp from PICX units at 8000 level or above including PICX850 or PICX812

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -
    • Broadband access
    • The second half of the unit when students are doing the simulation/wargame, will be delivered in an intensive mode, students are required to have an intensive level of involvement for 2 weeks.


    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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