PMSC13001 - Mental Health for Paramedics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Within your role as a paramedic you will encounter consumers experiencing many differing forms of mental health challenge which affect their presentation and recovery. During this unit you will develop communication skills (including the ability to actively listen to consumer and family story), recognise alterations in mental health and gain knowledge of therapeutic options and referral pathways available to assist consumers.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Pre-Requisites

PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. On-campus Activity 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 50%

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 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 68.63% 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 feedback from 'Have Your Say' survey and Unit Coordinator observation.
Feedback
Examination of Assessment three...students undertook poster assessments in three of the four units studied during term (two of the three were in non-PMSC Units) and commented on wording of the rubric.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinators in all term subjects to meet and discuss assessment tasks prior to change of unit proposals being due for 2018 offerings. If posters are to be utilised again examination of assessment briefings and wording of rubrics would need to be undertaken.
Action Taken
The rubric for this assessment was adjusted, however the use of a poster assessment remained.
Source: Student feedback from 'Have Your Say' survey and Unit Coordinator observation.
Feedback
Students outlined a number of items which could be examined for residential schools including incorporating verbalising MSE during practice OSCEs, progressing OSCEs to follow-up care at hospital, and more work on EEAs.
Recommendation
These are all valid points and should be implemented into the T1 2018 offering by the Unit Coordinator.
Action Taken
These points made by students were implemented during Residential Schools.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Assessment 1 requirements were vague and it was difficult to understand what was required. Some of the wording in the assessment criteria was confusing and contradictory.
Recommendation
The wording of assessment requirements and the marking rubric need to be improved to make it clear what is expected from students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Assessment 3 requirements were not clear and the rubric did not provide enough guidance. Examples would be beneficial to assist students to understand what is expected for this assessment.
Recommendation
The wording of the assessment requirements need adjustment. The rubric needs to be improved to provide more guidance. Some examples should be provided on moodle to assist students to know what the assessment requires of them.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Lecture recordings and lecture materials were outdated. If there were any updates that students needed to know it was advised by email, rather than an updated lecture.
Recommendation
Lecture materials need to be updated so recent material is provided to students
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Lectures focused mainly on symptoms of mental health conditions. Very minimal time was allocated to discuss treatment and approach techniques. Many students felt unprepared attending Residential School.
Recommendation
Treatment and approach options and techniques need to be included in the next delivery of this unit. Lecture materials need to be reviewed and adjusted to link with what students are expected to know when attending Residential School.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess, compare and contrast different presentations of consumers experiencing mental health challenges
  2. Plan and deliver a range of therapeutic options (using an individual and cultural specific context) to assist a person who may be experiencing mental health challenges
  3. Apply mental health related legislation within the context of paramedicine
  4. Apply the principles of interpersonal communication and professional behaviours to the standards expected of a paramedic.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - On-campus Activity
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 - Written Assessment
2 - On-campus Activity
3 - Online Quiz(zes)