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PMSC20001 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making
Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making
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General Information


This unit will introduce you to advanced clinical assessment, combining the skills of clinical history taking with those for physical examination, whilst incorporating knowledge of cultural and linguistically diverse populations. You will synthesise clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context. You will be able to formulate an appropriate clinical management plan to treat the critically ill or injured and employ reflective practice principles to effectively revise ongoing management plans as required. You will also critically reflect upon the leadership skills required at a critical care level.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
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 1 - 2022


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 Postgraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Portfolio
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.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your Say


I completed this unit as a part of the graduate diploma in tactical medicine. Unfortunately most of the topics covered in this subject are unlikely to be of benefit when managing casualties on the battle space due to the different patient demographics. I think it would be benefical in future to provide a subject that is more tailored to the battle casualty.


Student expectation was that the unit would be focusing on managing casualties in a battle environment and that the topics covered were not adequately aligned with this expectation. The Graduate Diploma of Tactical Medicine provides the students with the knowledge, the clinical skills, and clinical reasoning required to deal with the complex challenges of treating acute critically ill or injured patients in dynamic and high threat environments, this includes critical care management of civilians with co-morbidities and disease. This will be made more explicit in future offerings of this unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment, including history taking and physical examination whilst incorporating knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  2. Synthesise clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context
  3. Formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on clinical assessment findings, underpinning knowledge and evidence based medicine
  4. Engage reflective practice principles to revise ongoing management of the critical care patient
  5. Critically reflect upon leadership skills at a critical care level within a clinical team environment.
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 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Portfolio - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Portfolio - 40%
Textbooks and Resources



Clinical Examination. A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis 7th (2013)

Authors: Tally, NJ, O'Connor. S
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780729581479
Binding: Paperback

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine 5th (2020)

Authors: Cameron, P. , Little, M. ,Mitra, B. & Conor, D.
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780702076244
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Additional text and resources will be available through the Reading List section via the Moodle page 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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