PMSC11001 - Foundations of Paramedic Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an introduction to Australian and International ambulance services and systems. Throughout this unit you will explore various aspects of professionalism, teamwork and the impacts of a career in the emergency service; this will allow you to develop strategies to enhance your personal safety, emotional well being and longevity in the paramedic field while ensuring patient management priorities are met. As part of this unit there will be an introduction to Indigenous health and culture as well as the legal and ethical frameworks of paramedicine to provide you with a solid foundation for future clinical practice. *PLEASE NOTE* YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT CERTIFIED FIRST AID CERTIFICATE (with current CPR) IN ORDER TO PROGRESS TO THE NEXT UNIT - PMSC11002 Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 34.44% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
More information is required on assessment items. Clear guidelines are required on how to set out the assessment items and what is required, for example format, font etc. Possible quizzes to allow students to consolidate what they are learning throughout the weeks instead of only two assessment items.
Recommendation
Assessment items to be improved with clear marking rubrics. Weekly or fortnightly quizzes to be added to the unit as per feedback.
Action Taken
A checklist and layout example for written assessments were uploaded to the Moodle page. A zoom session was conducted for the written assessment items to give students the opportunity to ask questions. Two quizzes were added to the unit to assist the students in consolidating content throughout the term.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students identify that the unit is a great way to get a good look at different ambulance services and that being taught by lecturers who are still paramedics makes it very engaging and relevant.
Recommendation
Continue to use lecturers that are still involved /employed by Ambulance Services.
Action Taken
Lecturers had live Zoom discussions with current and ex-serving ambulance officers. This provided the students with differing subject expertise in various areas. It is a great learning tool for students, however, an update of all videos are required to ensure contemporary content.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Continual reminders and instructions from the very passionate lecturers were very helpful and appreciated throughout the term.
Recommendation
Continue to Nudge students and give and receive feedback as necessary.
Action Taken
Regular nudges were sent out to the students to assist with engagement and as reminders for assessment due dates. Individual phone calls were also conducted to connect and remind students of due dates.
Source: Students Feedback
Feedback
Student’s forum posts were not responded to in a timely manner and sometime not at all. It would be a good idea for staff to check forum posts twice a day and reply to all comments.
Recommendation
Response to forum posts were conducted in a timely manner by all staff members. If the question had been answered in another forum post students were directed to said post and response. More diligence in checking and responding to forum posts by all staff required so that it is not left to only the unit coordinator as it is a first year/first term unit and students have many questions.
Action Taken
Forum posts were added on a regular basis with all lecturers answering forum posts as soon as possible. Individual phone calls were also made in an attempt to connect with students. Students were also referred to the academic liaison officer for extra support.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Some links to learning materials did not work, and some information provided was out dated.
Recommendation
Make several different resources available to students and not just links to journals etc. Continue to update policies, procedures, Acts and regulations yearly.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The resources provided in the unit far exceed what is required to complete an assessment piece.
Recommendation
The content will be broken down into separate categories eg. essential content and additional content on the Moodle page.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Quizzes were not marked in an appropriate time frame.
Recommendation
Quiz due dates were extended due to poor completion by students and in consultation with the Head of Course.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
An important aspect was the teaching of self care. Everything was available to access on moodle and lecturer was easy to contact and informative. Even as a distance student, I felt involved and appreciated being regularly updated/checked on.
Recommendation
Invite the self care guest lecturer to return next year. Continue to make Moodle easy to access and navigate. Regular contact with students should continue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the differences between Australian and international ambulance services
  2. Discuss the potential health impacts of emergency work on paramedics
  3. Explain the legal and ethical obligations of paramedic practice
  4. Show consideration for Indigenous health and cultural impacts on paramedic practice.

The new learning outcomes align with the Council of Ambulance Authorities accreditation (CAA) standards of:

3.1.4 Collaboration with the ambulance sector.

3.1.5 Collaboration with the profession.

3.1.6 Interaction with other sectors.

The new learning outcomes also aligns with the CAA Paramedic Professional Competency Standards:

  • professional expectations of a paramedic.
  • makes informed and reasonable decisions.
  • demonstrates professional autonomy and accountability.
  • develops and maintains professional relationships.
  • demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills required for practice.
  • operates within a safe practice environment.
  • identifies and assesses health and social needs in the context of the environment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment