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PMSC13004 - Clinical Paramedic Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the third of three (3) clinical placement units within the Bachelor of Paramedic Science course, where you will apply clinical knowledge, reasoning and practical skills at a graduate level in the clinical environment, engaging in reflective practice and consolidating skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the degree. There will be five (5) weeks of clinical placement with an approved clinical provider. Placement activities focus on clinical judgement and decision-making to support your increasingly independent practice, ensuring you are adequately prepared for entry into a graduate internship program.


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:

  • PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
  • PMSC13001 Mental Health for Paramedics

Please note: Any student who has not successfully completed a PMSC residential school within the preceding 12 months or undertaken a clinical placement unit, must complete a PMSC12001 Procedures & Skills refresher. This ensures currency with all contemporary skills and procedures in line with industry standards and professional capabilities

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 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 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

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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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 81.82% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.92% 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
Although I understand the purpose of the skills sign off sheet, it feels impractical given the lack of downtime in urban stations. There is little chance to run though it without feeling like you are taking more than you should from the paramedics.
This assessment item has been removed and re-written to reflect interaction online completion whilst out on placement with mentors. Skills sign offs have been reduced to pertinent skills only.
Action Taken
As per previous recommendation, the requirement for a prescribed number of skills to be completed on placement has been removed. Section pertaining to skills stills remains but not assessed. Rationale for retaining (non-assessed) skills section was to allow academic team a level of understanding pertaining to clinical exposure whilst on placement to identify potential students 'at risk' of not having adequate clinical exposure.
Source: SUTE
I'm sure the quiz is probably to fulfill some kind of requirement but seemed a bit pointless having to do a quiz that required 100% but could be repeated until that mark was reached. Learnt nothing from it.
2023 offering will have the quiz removed as this feedback is frequently provided in previous offerings.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Rewording of the mentor report email. It says, "upon review of the student's submission above, please indicate whether you support the student's reflection or reject their reflection. Please press 'Reply' to this email and advise if you agree with the reflections of _____. If you do not agree with the reflections of _____, please advise us of the specific question along with what score you would have assigned the student and as much free text as possible to support your opinion. For me, I was disappointed that my mentor only replied with "I agree with the student reflection"•. Yes, it's positive he agreed, but he gave me no feedback whatsoever and speaking to my peers this seems to be a common trend. Reading the mentor report, I can see why they replied as such since it only asks for feedback if they do not agree with the student. Maybe alter the wording to get positive feedback if they agree, or maybe a small questionnaire at the end such as "What areas do you think the student excelled?"• or "what area do you think the student improved the most?".
2023 offering shifting to Sonia system mentor reports with feedback from 2022 offering of PMSC12002 being applied to all WIL units in 2023. Sonia mentor reports provide greater clarification on requirements and whilst qualitative feedback is not possible to mandate from industry providers, rewording of Sonia mentor report to further encourage greater level of quality feedback will be implemented in 2023.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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