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PMSC12001 - Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop an understanding of paramedic care through investigation of the underpinning theory and practice of procedural applications in the discipline. This will include examples of clinical investigations of the neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems including basic practical procedures, such as cannulation, ventilation techniques, defibrillation and trauma management at an introductory level. Your knowledge and skills will be developed through a series of coursework exercises and practical laboratory sessions.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

  • PMSC11001 Foundations of Paramedic Science
  • PMSC11002 Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice 
  • BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
  • BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Co-requisites

  • PMSC12004 Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary Care

Emergency Medicine is a fast paced, ever changing environment. At CQU we are continually adapting our course to ensure students are prepared to meet these needs. With this in mind, if in the last 12 months you have not:

  • Successfully completed a clinical placement unit or
  • Successfully completed a PMSC unit with a compulsory residential school attached or
  • Undertaken equivalent and relevant work experiences (as deemed by the Unit Coordinator)

You will be required to attend the residential school for PMSC12001 again at your own cost.

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2021 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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Presentation 50%
3. Written Assessment 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

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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 Feedback
Feedback
Forum posts were time consuming, however having numerous different topics to think about over numerous assessments rather than one large essay on one topic was beneficial.
Recommendation
Continue with the "discussion forum" type of assessment, however look to reduce frequency to reduce excessive workload
Action Taken
Discussion forums went from five to three. This reduced excessive workload and allowed for greater interaction.
Source: Moodle Feedback
Feedback
Smaller groups for scenario practice.
Recommendation
Look at recruiting more casual staff for the residential. This will allow for smaller groups with scenario practice allowing for increased participation time.
Action Taken
Attempted to recruit more casual staff to assist with student numbers. This is difficult due to casual staff members full-time work commitments; however, we managed to achieve a one to five ratio for scenario practice.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The hands-on practical component of the course was invaluable.
Recommendation
Continue to ensure that the residential for this unit is allowing for as much hands-on practical application as possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The peer-review assessment task, whilst difficult at times, was good to engage with other students and to see the varying responses to the same clinical question
Recommendation
Will look at continuing with peer-review work.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the theoretical underpinnings, including the anatomical and pathophysiological reasons, for the application of advanced care skills and interventions in the management of a critically ill or injured patient
  2. Identify the indications, precautions, risks and contraindications of the skills and interventions involved in advanced care prehospital practice
  3. Employ critical thinking and clinical decision making for the use of advanced care skills and interventions
  4. Demonstrate the skills and interventions involved in advanced care prehospital practice.

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
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2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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2 - Presentation
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