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PMSC13006 - Environmental Emergencies in Paramedic Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Due to its expansive landmass Australia has a diverse climate. This climate, its unique wildlife and the vast distances between even basic health care facilities (in some areas) consistently present Paramedics with challenges only dreamed of in other countries. Within this course students learn the role of the Paramedic in dealing with environmental, burn and envenomation related emergencies as well as chemical, biological and radiological events. During this course students will also learn the principles which guide the decision making process behind aeromedical transport.


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: PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care and 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 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: 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) has been excessive.
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
Source: Student Feedback
Whilst online PMPs were well received by students some commented they would have liked more explanation on the depth required.
Course Coordinator to develop a guide (video or text) outlining more specific requirements of the PMP assessments.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and manage heat and cold related emergencies.
  2. Identify and manage envenomation, water and air related emergencies.
  3. Apply best practice principles for the management of burn related emergencies.
  4. Apply the principles of management for chemical, biological and radiological emergencies.
  5. Compare and contrast the management of emergencies via air and ground transportation.

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