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PMSC13010 - Consolidated Paramedic Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will study the pathophysiology, presentation, and prehospital management of various medical / surgical conditions, learning how to discriminate between similar conditions and confounding presentations. Through case-based learning you will develop the critical thinking and clinical judgement skills to confidently reach diagnoses and determine the most appropriate clinical management in accordance with contemporary industry guidelines and protocols. A residential school consolidates 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
    • 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 3 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
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. 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.78% 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 Evaluation
Appropriate lecture length
Students appreciated concise lectures and recommend lectures continue to be capped at 20 minutes.
Action Taken
All lectures for this unit were reviewed and capped at 20 minutes.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Clinical discussion sessions before scenario practice, at residential scool, assisted learning
Clinical discussion sessions held before practical scenario training were well received by students and should be continued.
Action Taken
The continued use of clinical discussions prior to scenarios has been embedded into the residential school format.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Lecture content evidence based and reflects current practice
As required, update content to reflect current best practice for contemporary Australian ambulance practice and emerging evidence.
Action Taken
The content within the unit is the most contemporary evidence-based available. Updated protocols and procedures are continually being embedded in the lecture material representing current industry standards.
Source: Have your say survey
Students appreciated the approachability of the unit co-ordinator and the short turn around time to respond to questions via email. Several students commented on the friendliness of phone conversations and how that improved their confidence in learning the content and becoming industry-ready.
Continual reinforcement instilling in the students that they should contact the unit co-ordinator any time they have questions or are struggling with content aids in the ability to project approachability and will be continued in future units.
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 data to differentiate between medical pathologies and 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 in accordance with industry guidelines and protocols.

The unit increases students' capacity to perform on-road as independent clinicians with Australian ambulance services. This is in direct response to industry feedback (through both direct consultation with management and via clinical placement feedback forms) that students and graduates lack practical skills in clinical case management, noted as a disconnect between medical science studies and the contextual application of this knowledge in the clinical environment. Improving our students' ability to meet industry requirements will strengthen the Paramedic Course ability to meet accreditation requirements.

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
1 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)