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PMSC12003 - Special Populations in Paramedic Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop an understanding of the need to adapt paramedic practice for special populations. At the completion of this unit you will be able to effectively integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to manage the treatment of the obstetric, neonate, paediatric, and elderly patients. Knowledge and skills will be developed through a series of coursework and practical exercises.

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-requisite - PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care & PMSC12004 Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary 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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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. Online Quiz(zes) 60%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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: Student Feedback
Feedback
Expert on-road paramedic experiences could be included in lectures.
Recommendation
Update lectures to include experiences of on-road paramedic staff.
Action Taken
Lecturer experiences were shared throughout lectures, however outside paramedics' experiences were not utilised during this offering.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
There did not seem to be enough material on geriatrics as this cohort of patients makes up the majority of pre-hospital workload.
Recommendation
Update geriatric material to be more in-depth.
Action Taken
Geriatric lectures were updated to improve depth and quality of information.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Part B of Assessment 2 was confusing, especially being part of the same Assessment Item as the OSCEs, when they were not connected.
Recommendation
Add a third assessment item to have the Scenario Report as a separate Assessment Item. More information provided to students with some exemplars to assist students' understanding of requirements.
Action Taken
In term 3 2018 the Scenario Report was separated from the Practical Assessment. In term 2 2019 the Scenario Report was changed to a Written Essay discussing the phrase "A child is not just a small adult" to improve students' understanding of paediatrics.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
A 3 day residential school is too short, especially since 1 day is dedicated to assessments.
Recommendation
Work towards increasing Residential School length to 4 days.
Action Taken
Further discussion has occurred within the Paramedic Science team discussing the potential to increase Residential School to four days.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Quiz time frames were too short.
Recommendation
Increase time frame to 45 minutes to allow for short answer question responses.
Action Taken
Quiz time frames were increased to 60 minutes to allow for short answer question responses and extra questions were added due to the increased weighting of the quizzes.
Source: Student Feedback and Personal Observation
Feedback
Some of the quiz questions were confusing and ambiguous.
Recommendation
Quiz questions will be revised and adjusted as needed.
Action Taken
Quiz questions were reworded and revised to ensure they were understandable and clear.
Source: Student Feedback Casual Staff Recommendation
Feedback
Videos to demonstrate skills could be included for external students to watch prior to attending Residential School
Recommendation
Skill videos will be included in 2020 and posted to Moodle for students to access.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Paediatric resuscitation was not covered in enough detail prior to residential school
Recommendation
Further information will be provided on Moodle regarding paediatric resuscitation for students to access.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Recommendation to increase length of Residential School to four days
Recommendation
Continue discussions with Paramedic Science team to determine if a four day Residential School is possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the major anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and their clinical relevance
  2. Explain the anatomical and physiological differences in paediatric and geriatric patients and their clinical relevance
  3. Function safely and competently, drawing on theoretical and technical knowledge for the management and care of obstetric, paediatric and geriatric patients

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment