PMSC13010 - Consolidated Paramedic Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will consolidate your knowledge of the vast array of medical, environmental and mental health issues through varying ages, community groups, and social cohorts. In this unit, you will study the prehospital management of various medical conditions and learn how to discriminate between similar and confounding presentations. Through case-based learning, you will apply clinical knowledge and skills and develop your critical thinking and clinical judgement skills to confidently reach diagnoses. This will enable you to determine the most appropriate clinical management following contemporary industry guidelines and protocols. A residential school will consolidate your knowledge with practice in high-fidelity simulation case management exercises.


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:
    • PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1
    • MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
    • PMSC13012 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 3

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
Term 2 - 2024 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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
3. Practical Assessment 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.86% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.45% 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: Moodle
The best aspects of this unit were expanding my understanding of different pathophysiological processes and being able to treat them accordingly in a prehospital setting. Having fantastic lecturers and appropriate learning resources in this unit helped my learning needs significantly.
A common theme was that the students were satisfied with their learning resources, lectures and tutorials. Although Zoom sessions were not overly supported by attendance, students commented that they enjoyed watching the recordings. This format will remain for future deliveries.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions were continued with a similar pattern of low attendance, however positive feedback continued regarding the ability to watch these recorded sessions in a flexible manner.
Source: Moodle
The idea of the unit is good, to rehash over everything, but we were just watching past lectures.
This is a capstone consolidation unit in which some lectures are revisited during the term from the previous unit. Most students commented that this is beneficial to their learning, while some stated they did not find the revision aspect overly helpful. Focusing on future offerings will combine previous material in a case study format. This will allow the students to review course content and application without overtly reviewing prior content.
Action Taken
Weekly case-based learning and inclusion of new unit material was added to align with changes in contemporary practice. This resulted in the introduction of new lectures without adding significant new content load. Combined with Zoom sessions to debrief case study's and discussion of current changes in evidence based practice, material was added without overwhelming the cohort.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Loved the content and it was great to go back over the main conditions from throughout the degree to consolidate learnings.
It is recommended that the unit structure remains unchanged. This allows students to review content as necessary to cement their learning. Additionally, student engagement is able to be flexible whilst concurrently undertaking work integrated learning.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Feedback
I would have preferred a new short summary lecture for each week of term, instead of all the lectures from our previous subjects being reposted as there was a lot of content.
Offer short content summary lectures for each week to reduce student study load.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Take a systematic and responsive approach to clinical assessment and evaluation
  2. Evaluate clinical history and assessment findings to differentiate between various medical, environmental and mental health pathologies to reach accurate diagnoses
  3. Apply critical thinking in case management, justifying clinical decisions with evidence-based rationale
  4. Manage clinical cases with appropriate prioritisation of treatment following professional guidelines and protocols.

It is a requirement of the Paramedicine Board of Australia that units align with the AHPRA professional capabilities for registered paramedics. These are broken down into five (5) domains. Below aligns the learning outcomes with these domains. In addition, the learning outcomes have also been aligned with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Professional Capabilities for a Registered Paramedic
The Paramedicine Board of Australia is responsible for assessing, consulting on, and setting the standards for paramedics practicing in Australia. These standards and relevant domains are articulated in the Professional capabilities for registered paramedics document. The learning outcomes of the unit are matched to the relevant capabilities.
Standard/Attribute/Criteria Learning Outcomes
Domain 1: The Professional and Ethical Practitioner 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.9, 1.1.10,, 1.2.2, 1.2.5, 1.2.6 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.4.1, 1.4.2 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Domain 2: The communicator and the collaborator 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.6 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Domain 3: The evidence-based practitioner 3.1.1,, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 3.3.3, 3.3.4 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Domain 4: The safety and risk management practitioner 4.1.1, 4.1.2,, 4.2.4 4.3.1, 4.3.3, 4.5.1 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Domain 5: The Paramedicine Practitioner, 5.2.3, 5.2.4, 5.2.5 5.3.3, 5.3.6 5.4.1, 5.4.2, 5.4.3, 5.4.4, 5.4.5, 5.4.6, 5.6.1, 5.6.3, 5.6.4 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Standards developed in this unit are:
Standard Learning Outcomes
Clinical Governance LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Partnering with Consumers LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Preventing and Controlling Infections LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Medication Safety LO4
Comprehensive Care LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Communicating for Safety LO4
Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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