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PMSC11002 - Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course provides the students with basic paramedic practice skills and knowledge to start to formulate clinical diagnosis and treatment plans for patients. Students will learn scene assessment, patient assessment, diagnostic evaluations, history taking and treatment integration in cardiac life support. The course 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 SCA 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 SMAS Clinical Placement before enrolling in this course.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2015

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville

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 50%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 50%

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.5% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the live lectures
Recommendation
Continue with live lectures in the next offering.
Action Taken
Live lectures were continued this year and received well.
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
Restructuring of the residential allowed for greater hands-on time with scenario practise and skill development for which feedback was positive.
Source: Email and Moodle
Feedback
Students were unable to gain access to the prescribed text due to publishing issues
Recommendation
The text for this unit has been changed to one that will be used consistently in units throughout the course, reducing accessibility issues and the cost impact on students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the residential school and the ability to apply their theory
Recommendation
Continue with the residential school, maintaining a strong focus on practical applications.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform accurate scene survey, patient assessment and history taking (in a simulated environment)
  2. Perform a range of diagnostic tests and basic procedures used in paramedicine
  3. Evaluate and manage a patient requiring cardiac life support (in a simulated environment)
  4. Apply 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)
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)