CQUniversity Unit Profile
PMSC13007 Contemporary Emergency Services Issues
Contemporary Emergency Services Issues
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General Information

Overview

This unit is a survey of contemporary topics in emergency services.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2017

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
3. Presentation
Weighting: 25%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Write a literature review related to contemporary emergency services issues
  2. Conduct a peer evaluation of a literature review
  3. Prepare a conference presentation about a contemporary emergency services issue
  4. Based on a literature review identify a contemporary emergency services issue and make recommendations for improvement
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 15%
3 - Presentation - 25%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 15%
3 - Presentation - 25%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Brian Maguire Unit Coordinator
b.maguire@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017

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Introduce yourself. Share some ideas for what topic you might focus on this Term.

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017

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Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017

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Introduction Due: Week 3 Wednesday (26 July 2017) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017

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Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017

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Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017

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Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017

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Literature Review Due: Week 6 Monday (21 Aug 2017) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017

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Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017

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Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017

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Presentation Due: Week 9 Monday (11 Sept 2017) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017

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Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017

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Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017

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Final Paper Due: Week 12 Thursday (5 Oct 2017) 3:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017

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Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017

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Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Introduction

Task Description

In this section we will select a topic and write a short introduction.

The topic you select will be the one you will use for all four Assessments. Pick an emergency services related topic that is both important and that can be improved.

In the introduction we want to: describe the topic, identify how the literature informed your topic selection; and, tell the reader why this topic is important.

In preparation, review the Writing Guide and the EMS Research chapter (link below); then give some thought to what you would like to focus on this semester. When you have an idea for a topic, do a preliminary search using Google Scholar. That will give you an idea of the type and range of literature available. You can then use the full CQU library resources.

The introduction is limited to 600 words if you are working alone. For teams of two the limit is 800 words; for teams of three the limit is 1,000 words.

Additional reading: EMS Research

Note that some of the links above will only become active after the Moodle unit is opened.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Brian


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Wednesday (26 July 2017) 3:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Wednesday (9 Aug 2017)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Clear and succinct introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the project.

Consistently accurate with spelling, grammar and use of punctuation.

Excellent explanation of why this topic is important.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload to the Assessment 1 Moodle area.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Write a literature review related to contemporary emergency services issues
  • Prepare a conference presentation about a contemporary emergency services issue


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Literature Review

Task Description

The literature review is your description and analyses of the available literature related to your topic. It should help reinforce why your topic is important and it should help form the foundation for your subsequent suggestions and presentation. Before you begin, be sure to carefully review the Library's Literature Review Tutorial. Also, you will need to conduct an evaluation of a related published literature review.

Your paper should have at least 10 references (maximum is 15). Most of them should be peer-reviewed articles but some may be books/chapters, government documents, news articles, non-peer-reviewed articles and web pages.

The word limit for this Assessment is 1000 words for a single author, 1500 words for a two-author team and 2000 words for a three-author team.

Please refer to the Sample Assessment Criteria for research papers to help give you a sense of the relative weighing of different components of a paper; journal editors can use similar rubrics.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Note that some of the links above will only become active after the Moodle unit is opened.

Brian


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (21 Aug 2017) 3:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Monday (4 Sept 2017)


Weighting
15%

Assessment Criteria

These are in addition to the criteria for Assessment 1:

A minimum of 10 references used. At least 6 peer-reviewed journal articles; others can be relevant documents and web-sites.

References in reference list have been entered clearly and with the correct detail. Accurate use of referencing style.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Conduct a peer evaluation of a literature review


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation

Task Description

This Assessment has both a written and an audio component. The objective is to do a presentation about your topic and your planned intervention(s).

  • The written component is an abstract and a copy of your powerpoint slides.
  • The audio component is an MP3 file of your presentation.

For your abstract include the following four components (max 250 words):

  • what is your topic and why is it important
  • describe relevant literature
  • what are your planned intervention(s)
  • how would you know the interventions were successful.

Your Powerpoint presentation can have a maximum of 15 slides. The first slide should include the title of the talk and the name(s) of the presenter(s). The last slide should list the references.

The audio presentation can be a maximum of 10 minutes for a single presenter, 15 minutes for a team of two and 20 minutes for a team of three.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Note that some of the links above will only become active after the Moodle unit is opened.

Brian


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (11 Sept 2017) 3:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Monday (25 Sept 2017)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

Scholarship – critical analysis of the problem and an appropriate solution.

Communication and presentation – persuasive and compelling and takes account of diverse audience needs.

Teamwork - collaboration evidenced by a shared understanding of the solution. Demonstrates professionalism informed by openness and the desire to resolve challenges.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Write a literature review related to contemporary emergency services issues
  • Prepare a conference presentation about a contemporary emergency services issue


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Final Paper

Task Description

This is your final paper.

Include your revised Introduction (Assessment 1), your revised literature review (Assessment 2) as well as the new Section 3. For the intro and lit review sections, use track changes to highlight your revisions.

Section 3 describes your recommendations for improvement for the contemporary emergency services issue. Specifically describe both your target population and the proposed intervention(s). Also describe: the reason(s) you selected the intervention(s); the reason(s) you think the intervention(s) will be successful; and, how you will know if the intervention(s) are successful. Do use the literature to support your recommendation(s). For example, you can say that "Smith found that procedure x was successful for population y and so I/we believe that it will be successful for our population.”

The word limits for the revised Assessments 1 and 2 remain the same as for the original submissions.

The word limit for the new Section 3 is 1,000 words for a single author, 1,300 words for a team of two and 1,500 words for a team of three.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Note that some of the links above will only become active after the Moodle unit is opened.

Brian


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Thursday (5 Oct 2017) 3:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (20 Oct 2017)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Clear and succinct introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper. Addresses any revisions that were suggested for Assessment 1.

Clear and succinct conclusion that outlines the main points and brings the argument to a logical close.

Consistently accurate with spelling, grammar, use of punctuation. Excellent presentation of assignment.

Comprehensive consideration of all aspects of the assigned assessment task. Thorough understanding of relevance of content is clearly evident.

Referencing is consistent throughout with Harvard style of referencing. Consistently accurate.

A minimum of 10 references used. At least six peer-reviewed journal articles; others can be relevant books, government documents, non-peer-reviewed articles and web-sites.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Based on a literature review identify a contemporary emergency services issue and make recommendations for improvement


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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