PMSC13011 - Paramedic Trauma & Environmental Emergency

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Traumatic injury and environmental trauma form a significant treatment burden on Australia’s health care system and are a major cause of death and disability across all demographics. Within this unit you will develop an understanding of traditional and emerging approaches to assisting those suffering traumatic injuries within an out-of-hospital specific context. This will include a week by week approach to the systematic assessment of each body system. Due to Australia's unique geography, climate and environment, a component of this unit will include the management of environmental and envenomation related emergencies as well as chemical, biological and radiological events. Upon successful completion, you will have a comprehensive understanding of a systematic trauma assessment and overall management of trauma within an out of hospital context.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PMSC12001 - Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care

PMSC12002 - Clinical Paramedic Practice 1

PMSC13003 - Pharmacology in Paramedic Practice

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 48.42% 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: Student Feedback
Lectures were thorough but long with a lot of information. Students requested shorter lectures for accessibility especially for when they were on placement.
The unit coordinator will take feedback on board and ensure lectures are made shorter, more manageable and mobile device friendly.
Action Taken
Lectures were made shorter (typically under ten minutes) and broken up into smaller topics to facilitate this. Overall content is similar but now there may be 4 x 10 minute lectures rather than a single 40 minute lecture
Source: Student Feedback
Assessment feedback
Students will be given more comprehensive feedback on assessments going forward. An attempt at voice recorded feedback to students to allow them to have the full benefit for their future assessments.
Action Taken
Feedback remained written but was more detailed with specific issues and areas for improvement identified as opposed to vague or generic feedback.
Source: Moodle Feedback
Adding the lectures to Youtube would help a lot on placement so we could stream them. The timing of the assessment 1 piece was in the middle of placement and could be adjusted to after or not the same week as consolidated. Otherwise the content was great with no adjustments required.
Add lectures to Youtube. Change the written assessment to encompass several smaller tasks over the term rather than a single large assignment.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Feedback
A clinical discussion during the reschools would be beneficial and a great learning opportunity to put some treatments, presentations and experiences into perspective.
Have a clinical discussion on the first day of residential school covering expected treatment pathways and engaging in a forum with the students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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