PMSC13004 - Clinical Paramedic Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the third of three work-integrated learning units within the undergraduate Paramedic Course, requiring you to apply clinical knowledge, reasoning and practical skills at an advanced level in the acute prehospital care environment. You will complete a total of six weeks of clinical placement at an urban station with an approved ambulance service. 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 and PMSC13003 Pharmacology in Paramedic Practice

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 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 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. Portfolio 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 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 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.75% 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: Unit evaluations
Portfolio content & workload
The current portfolio and assessment tasks will be reviewed at the yearly review of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Course with some changes expected.
Action Taken
The content of the assessment tasks was reviewed and changed to reduce the workload of the students while on clinical placement.
Source: Queensland Ambulance Service
Several letters of recommendation were sent to CQUni by the placement host during the term to recognise the excellent performance of some CQUni student paramedics who attended critical incidents this term. These students performed professionally and reliably on very stressful and difficult cases, making a real contribution to the effective delivery of prehospital care.
The letters are forwarded to the Dean of the School, Discipline Lead, and other academic leaders in the University, and the student receives a copy of the letter of recommendation with further messages of congratulations from School academics. The high student performance on such cases is indicative of the excellent overall quality of our student cohort and the fact that they do attain all clinical procedures and skills prior to undertaking their first clinical placement.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say surveys, informal student feedback
Students still feel that the content of the assessments for the unit is too laborious while they are clinical placement.
The assessment tasks in the unit are consistent with other university work-integrated learning tasks and have been reviewed and reduced. It is recommended that a Zoom session be run in the first week of the next offering to go through the assessment tasks in detail with the students to show that these tasks are not time intensive.
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. Critically examine and self-evaluate own clinical decision-making processes during case management.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
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
4 - Information Literacy
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 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement