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

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 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

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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: Student feedback.
Feedback
Overall time cost of workbook completion. As students are completing all electronic ambulance report forms following each case, they still find the requirements to complete the logbook is demanding and diverts attention to being present for placement activities. Whilst these have been simplified already due to similar feedback last year this feedback remains consistent.
Recommendation
Redesigning the workbook tasks to reduce daily workload of keeping logs, instead moving to a weekly reflection model. Student feedback will be incorporated into this redesign process over term three (volunteers were sought during term two).
Action Taken
Logs were reduced and students now track only cases and not skill praxis, nor new learning needs. Total workbook bulk is significantly reduced, whilst retaining reflective activities.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Timely return of assessment feedback.
Recommendation
The return timeframe incorporates the actual marking period, plus a time allowance for any industry feedback on specific students / issues to reach University staff. Whilst we must allow the opportunity for industry feedback, since professional performance is an assessable component of placement units, the structure and components of the current workbooks can however be revised to make marking more straightforward, and this will be considered during the workbook redesign for 2017.
Action Taken
Workbooks were streamlined as mentioned above, reducing time for completion during placement.
Source: Student emails
Feedback
Students appreciate the length and scope of the pre-placement preparatory material.
Recommendation
Continue providing and refining this material for future terms. This year we were unable to secure an in-person visit from QAS due to residential schools falling after placement completion, but should revisit this situation for 2018 offering. If in-person visit is again not possible then an online lecture presentation would be useful, especially if complemented with a Zoom session for real-time question and answer interaction.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student emails and Moodle forum
Feedback
Students reported some confusion related to workbook questions.
Recommendation
Clarify requirements within the workbook.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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