PMSC11002 - Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with basic paramedic practice skills and knowledge to start to formulate clinical diagnosis and 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 as well as infection control and safety in 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

PMSC11001 Foundations of Paramedic Science

Must have a current First Aid Certificate (with current CPR) submitted to the School of HMAS Clinical Placement before enrolling in this unit.

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.16% 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
Different teaching from tutors during the residential schools increased confusion.
Recommendation
Continue with pre-residential school briefings - highlighting areas that tend to cause confusion due to QAS protocols or experience based short cuts. Continue with briefings for all tutors prior each day. Utilise previous tutors that have taught in PMSC 11002.
Action Taken
Pre-residential school briefings were conducted to highlight areas that tend to cause confusion due to QAS protocols or experience based short-cuts.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Residential schools are loved by students. The content and the structure of the residential schools seem to be well received.
Recommendation
Continue with the current format and same enthusiasm.
Action Taken
The format of residential schools remained similar and were once again well received by students.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students would like a more detailed expectation of the on-campus asessments.
Recommendation
Provide an example of a marking rubric during the residential school to ensure they know what is expected.
Action Taken
To improve student expectations of assessment items, a marking rubric was provided at the commencement of term.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the continuing suppport throughout the term from the teaching staff.
Recommendation
Continue to provide support to all our students. Ensure that responses are provided in a timely manner.
Action Taken
All of the assessment items were returned within the university's two week requirement period. Furthermore, all forums posts addressed in less than 24hrs.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Short videos on moodle have been well received and appreciated.
Recommendation
Ensure all future videos are less than twenty minutes in length.
Action Taken
As appreciated by students, all videos were kept less than 20 minutes in duration.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the live lectures
Recommendation
Continue with live lectures in the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students felt more time was needed to complete residential school requirements.
Recommendation
Review the current four-day residential school and consider a five-day solution.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 requiring cardiac life support
  4. Demonstrate 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
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 - On-campus Activity
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Portfolio