PMSC11002 - Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with basic paramedic practice skills and knowledge to start the formulation of a clinical diagnosis and basic treatment plans for patients. You will learn scene assessment, patient assessment, diagnostic evaluations, history taking and treatment integration in cardiac life support. The unit also reviews the concepts of manual handling, ethics, cultural sensitivities as well as infection control and safety in practice.


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

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 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).

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. On-campus Activity 40%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Portfolio 30%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32.41% 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: Moodle Unit Evaluations
Students enjoyed the workbook assessment. They found it relevant and practical to the topic.
Continue with this form of "paramedic centered" assessment, allowing students to apply and demonstrate the knowledge learnt in a format more consistent with paramedic practice.
Action Taken
The Portfolio- Workbook assessment was continued in this offering and again it was met with high praise.
Source: Moodle Unit Evaluations
Students struggled to comprehend the practical components of the unit, without being able to physically practice them.
Covid-19 restrictions limited students ability to practice skills and this was outside the university's control; however, attempts will be made in future offerings to demonstrate ways to practice skills at home.
Action Taken
An exemplar video was provided early in the term to assist with scenario format. This was well received and prepared students for the residential school.
Source: Moodle Unit Evaluations
Students enjoyed the fortnightly Zoom sessions. They found them to be very helpful and kept students engaged with the unit content.
Continue with regular Zoom sessions. Investigate with Microsoft Teams as another possible engagement tool to complement the fortnightly Zoom sessions.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Unit Evaluations
Weekly review quizzes were helpful for students to review the content and to check that they are on track with their learning.
Keep the review quizzes as they are working well with helping students work through the content and to consolidate knowledge.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate accurate scene survey, patient assessment and history taking
  2. Demonstrate a range of diagnostic tests and basic procedures used in paramedicine
  3. Evaluate and manage a patient being mindful of cultural sensitivities and ethics
  4. Articulate the principles of safe working practices with manual handling, defibrillation and infection control.

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

3.1.4 Collaboration with the ambulance sector

3.1.5 Collaboration with the profession

3.1.6 Collaboration with other sectors

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 - On-campus Activity
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Portfolio
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
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Portfolio