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PMSC13005 - Trauma Care in Paramedic Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Traumatic injury is one of Australia’s most significant health problems. It is a major cause of death and disability, affecting all population groups and is responsible for a cost of billions annually. This figure outweighs both cardiovascular disease and diabetes combined. Within this course students will develop an understanding of traditional and emerging approaches to assisting those suffering traumatic injuries within an EMS specific context and will include a week by week approach to systematic assessment of each body system. By completion the student will have a comprehensive understanding of the systematic assessment and the overall management of trauma within an EMS context.


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

PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care

PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2

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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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. Online Quiz(zes) 50%
2. On-campus Activity 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

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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: Student Feeback
Students preferred the way in which residential school (trauma week) was conducted (working in teams of two rather than large groups. Whilst scheduled to provide breaks between assessment or practice scenarios some students would have preferred a block approach to scheduling.
Course Coordinator to raise as agenda item for team discussion at Discipline meeting. Potential rescheduling possible.
Action Taken
Source: Course Coordinator Observation Student Feedback Industry Feedback from those interacting with students undertaking early employment.
Volume of Assessment over Term 2 of third year in general of which this course is a major contributor
Course Coordinators for Term 2 third year courses undertake a review of assessment with a view to reducing the number of summative assessments students undertake. Further to this Course Coordinators should review scheduling of course assessment with a view to minimising the impact of early employment on study workload.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess trauma environments for mechanisms of injury and predicted pattern of injuries.
  2. Evaluate and manage trauma related conditions within the pre-hospital environment.
  3. Identify and use the principles of Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) and retrieval services.
  4. Apply the principles of multi-casualty management within the EMS environment
  5. Identify emerging technology and procedures utilised within the EMS environment

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity