PMSC12002 - Clinical Paramedic Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the first of three work-integrated learning units within the Paramedic Course, comprising a total of five weeks of clinical placement at an urban station with an approved ambulance service. Student Paramedics will apply clinical knowledge, reasoning and practical skills at a novice level in the acute prehospital care environment, engaging in reflective practice activities to support self-directed learning. Preparation activities increase workplace literacy and provide guidance on navigating the student-mentor relationship, ensuring students enjoy a positive and successful first clinical placement.

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

PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 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. Portfolio 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

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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: Unit evaluations
Feedback
Overall workload during clincial placement
Recommendation
Workload expectations will be clearly explained to students in the unit introduction.
Action Taken
The content of the assessment tasks was reviewed and the overall workload while on placement was reduced.
Source: Unit evaluations
Feedback
Assessment tasks & feedback
Recommendation
The current assessment tasks will be reviewed at the yearly review of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Course with some changes to the assessment tasks being implemented for the next offering.
Action Taken
Both assessment tasks for this unit were reviewed, while the assessment outlines remained the same; the content was redeveloped and refined. All students were given comprehensive feedback on both assessment tasks.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciate the pre-placement preparatory material, including the Zoom sessions, to go through questions before the placement period starts.
Recommendation
Continue providing and refining this material for future terms. The possibility of having an online presentation or lecture by the manager of Clinical Education for Queensland Ambulance Service may be beneficial for future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say & student emails
Feedback
Students reported that there was a large number of readings for the unit.
Recommendation
A new unit guide was produced for this offering, which clearly outlined all the requirements for the unit; this included what the mandatory requirements were and what were the optional readings. The mandatory and optional readings were also clearly outlined to students on the Moodle page. A Zoom session was also run at the start of the term, which went through the Moodle page in detail. In the next offering, it would be beneficial to have continued Zoom sessions, which explains the Moodle page and requirements of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning and practical skills at a novice level within the acute prehospital care setting.
  2. Employ reflective practice principles to self-evaluate clinical performance and identify learning needs.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
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 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement