PMSC12005 - Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will continue to develop your skills in recognising, diagnosing and managing patients presenting with complex and/or less commonly encountered acute and life-threatening disease processes, throughout the life span. You will integrate your developing knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology with patient assessment, diagnostic evaluations and clinical history to formulate a provisional diagnosis. You will use this information to design and implement the most appropriate clinical management in line with contemporary industry guidelines and protocols, and emerging evidence-based practices, displaying safe, ethical and professional practice. Case-based learning combined with high fidelity simulation will contextualise your essential clinical skills, clinical decision making and problem-solving abilities.


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


PMSC12001 Procedures & Skills in Paramedic Care

PMSC11004 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 1


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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Presentation 20%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 30.34% 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: 'Have your say'
The Verso platform used for the clinical discussion assessment was difficult to navigate for some students.
The Verso platform used for the clinical discussion will be removed moving forward as this assessment piece will no longer form part of the assessment pieces. Will be replaced by a compulsory Residential School.
Action Taken
The verso platform was removed and the assessment was completed at the residential school as an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Source: 'Have your say'
Students enjoyed having a basic revision of anatomy and physiology prior to diving into the lecture topic.
Will continue with this teaching method.
Action Taken
Students have commented again on how the anatomy revision assisted their learning. It will continue in the unit.
Source: Self-reflection.
After reviewing the unit, a residential school must be implemented for students to apply the content and management of the conditions covered in this unit.
A residential school will be added to this unit as of term two, 2022. A change of unit proposal will be submitted.
Action Taken
The inaugural residential school was a great success. Students gained a lot of practical experience as well as the opportunity to consolidate knowledge taught throughout the unit.
Source: Student feedback (verbal and via email)
Short lectures with one topic focus are very helpful and easy to learn from
It is recommended that the short concise lectures will remain in this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate patients systematically and comprehensively, including clinical history and assessment data, in a safe, ethical and culturally appropriate manner
  2. Formulate and justify a provisional diagnosis by applying knowledge of underpinning foundational pathophysiology of complex and/or less commonly encountered acute and life-threatening disease processes, and implement appropriate pharmacological management.
  3. Develop effective clinical management interventions through comprehensive knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practice, incorporating the principles of safe, professional and ethical practice.

It is now a requirement of the Paramedicine Board of Australia that units align with the AHPRA Professional Capabilities for Registered Paramedics. These are broken down into five (5) domains. Below aligns the proposed learning outcomes with these domains, with each domain also listed below:

  • Learning outcome 1 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 3 & 5
  • Learning outcome 2 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 3 & 5
  • Learning outcome 3 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Domain 1 - Professional and ethical conduct:

  • Practice ethically and professionally, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Provide each patient with an appropriate level of dignity and care
  • Assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner's practice as a paramedic

Domain 2 - Professional communication and collaboration:

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient and other relevant people
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners

Domain 3 - Evidence-based practice and professional learning:

  • Make informed and reasonable decisions
  • Use clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to determine clinical judgements and appropriate actions
  • Draw on appropriate knowledge and skills in order to make professional judgements
  • identify ongoing professional learning, developmental needs and opportunities

Domain 4 - Safety, risk management and quality assurance:

  • Protect and enhance patient safety
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment
  • Operate effectively in an emergency care environment
  • Maintain records appropriately
  • Monitor and review the ongoing effectiveness of their practice and modify it accordingly
  • Audits, reflects on and reviews practice
  • Participate in the mentoring, teaching and development of others

Domain 5 - Paramedicine practice:

  • Use patient information management systems appropriately
  • Assess and monitor the patient capacity to receive care
  • understand the key concepts of the bodies of knowledge which are specifically relevant to paramedicine practice
  • Conduct appropriate diagnostic or monitoring procedures, treatment, therapy or other actions safely
  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to participate in mass casualty or major incident situations
  • Formulate specific and appropriate patient care and treatment actions

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Presentation
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
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 10