PMSC13002 - Clinical Paramedic Practice 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the second of three work-integrated learning units within the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Course. The unit requires you to apply clinical knowledge and skills at an intermediate level in the acute prehospital care environment. You will complete a total of four weeks of clinical placement with an approved ambulance service, spending two weeks each at rural and urban ambulance stations. With CQUniversity, you have unique access to rural clinical placement locations across all regions of Queensland, from the south-west outback up to Mornington Island in the far north. Rural and remote area paramedics in these regions perform an expanded role within the healthcare system that is typically broader than that of urban paramedics, and you will experience and directly compare the operational and clinical practices of paramedics in your geographically diverse placement areas.


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

Pre requisites:

  • PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1
  • PMSC12003 Special Populations in Paramedic Practice
  • PMSC12005 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2

Please note: Any student who has within the last 12 months NOT attended either a PMSC unit residential school, OR a PMSC clinical placement unit, MUST contact the Unit Coordinator to arrange repeat attendance of PMSC12001 Procedures & Skills residential school only PRIOR to undertaking any clinical placement.

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 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. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Presentation 0%

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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 26.89% 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 Survey
Rural Clinical Placement was highlighted as the best part and the worst part of this unit. Some students felt it was very beneficial and some students thought they did not benefit.
It is vital that students see and experience the differences in healthcare and out of hospital care by conducting placement at rural locations; there is a real possibility that on gaining employment after graduation some students may have to work in these rural locations. The importance of conducting clinical placement at a rural station will continue to be explained to the students in the next offering and will be included in unit orientation.
Action Taken
The importance of conducting clinical placement at a rural station was explained to the students in the welcome video, and several readings were included in the unit Moodle page.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Assessment due dates for assignments caused some confusion as students despite it being listed on the unit profile and assessment block. A single due date cannot be listed as students have different clinical placement dates therefore they had different assessment due dates.
A video will be recorded explaining the due dates for each assessment task and this will be added to the unit orientation.
Action Taken
A welcome video was recorded at the start of term, which outlined the different due dates for assessment items based on the clinical placement dates.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students did not enjoy the rural clinical placement and felt that it was costly to them with little overall benefit to their practices and expectations.
It is vital that students see and experience the differences in healthcare and out of hospital care in a variety of locations including rural locations; however as this feedback continues to be highlighted each year a review of the rural component of the clinical placement will be conducted before the next offering.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say & Student Emails
Students would like to be placed closer to their home to minimise the expense of clinical placement
Due to the nature of this work-integrated learning unit, it is not possible to place all student in their home locations as our industry placement providers have limited placements available. New students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Course will be briefed on clinical placement locations in their first year.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning and practical skills within the acute prehospital care setting
  2. While examining the expanded paramedic role within the public health system, compare and contrast paramedic practice in urban and rural locations with a focus on best practice in culturally sensitive prehospital care.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Presentation