PMSC12004 - Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will enable you to complete detailed clinical assessments and examination of cardiac patients, focusing on the use of 12-lead electrocardiograms as a diagnostic tool in emergency care. You will study the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of a range of cardiac and cardiorespiratory conditions, including acute coronary syndromes, cardiac failure, and cardiac arrest. Practical coronary care skills such as defibrillation and 12 lead ECG acquisition will be taught in this unit. Problem-based case management and clinical interventions are practised in the high-fidelity simulation environment during the residential school, allowing you to contextualise your knowledge of coronary care in preparation for decision-supported thrombolysis in paramedic practice.


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 - PMSC11002 and BMSC11002

Co-requisite - PMSC12001

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 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 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.03% 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: Student evaluations
Quality of some of the exemplar ECG's used were not of a high quality
The quality of the exemplar ECG's used in this unit were superior to those that would be experienced on road. An ongoing process of continued review will be implemented in relation to all exemplar material.
Action Taken
A process of ongoing review was implemented to ensure all exemplars were of a high standard.
Source: Self reflection & Student Feedback
Peerwise assessment task
Assessment tasks will be reviewed and consideration will be given to using Peerwise as a formative assessment next year.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks were changed this year to introduce a clinical practice discusson forum which replaced the Peerwise assessment task.
Source: Have your say & Self Review
A number of students enjoyed the Clinical Practice Discussion forums and felt that they were very beneficial and relevant, however, they commented that there were too many of them and they felt like the marking rubric was not clear.
The clinical practice discussion forums will be kept in the next offering, however, some refinements will be made to the number of forums and a new marking rubric will be developed.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say
The residential schools were highlighted as enjoyable and the students like putting into practice everything they had learnt but they felt like there were inconsistencies in teachings by casual staff and that the residential school needs to be longer.
Will explore the possibility of increasing residential school length, however, this will incur an increase in costs for students. All casual staff were provided with a document outlining requirements of residential school and were briefed daily on the importance of consistency. This will continue to be monitored at each offering. A group discussion was held at the end of each day with all students to clear up any inconsistencies in teaching or to clarify any points, this will continue in the next offering.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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