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 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.

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 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 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. 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.

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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: Email feedback, verbal conversations, and unit evaluation.
Some students do not see producing a presentation as relevant to their learning outcomes or future career. The task takes time to complete, especially for those who do not like working with presentation software, and they do not like recording narration.
Provide explanation of reasons why it is important to develop skills in presenting information. Paramedics can be involved in making presentations in various work-related settings, such as case study presentations during CPD education nights, school visits, future study, and future career development into training or management. Graduate attributes include proficiency at communication and technological competence, and using PowerPoint to create a narrated presentation is not a high-level skill. The presentation enables more interesting means to review placement experiences and learning than writing a reflective piece, and allows students who are more visual and creative an opportunity to really utilise and demonstrate those skills (students must include imagery from own placement towns and can include video interviews).
Action Taken
The presentation topic this year was changed to a case study. An explanation on the importance of presentations as an assessment item was provided to the students before placement commenced.
Source: Unit evaluation.
Students wish for faster feedback return and also for easier assessment task submission.
Students currently complete paper documents for simplicity and security in the uncontrolled prehospital environment. Portfolios used to require electronic devices for completion, which in turn meant that students had to either carry expensive devices in the trucks during shifts so that they can complete logs as they went along, or had to write everything up at night once back on station. Paper was a low-cost, low-tech alternative, but it does mean that students must scan and submit every page. This was the preferred alternative when I first changed to this from the clunky Excel spreadsheet previously used; now students wish for easier upload and electronic completion! I am currently reviewing options such as PebblePad for e-portfolios that would allow instant upload and the ability for me to browse through and review students' logs in real time as they go along, which could be complemented by paper completion for notetaking in the trucks if they wish to leave iPads at home. Finding the right solution for work-situated learning is always a compromise one way or another!
Action Taken
All assessment tasks were returned to the students within a two week time frame as stated on the unit profile.
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
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
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