PMSC13012 - Paramedic Medical Emergencies 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will study the pathophysiology, presentation, and pre-hospital management of various environmental, toxicological and toxinological emergencies. You will learn 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


  • PMSC12005 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2
  • PMSC12004 Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary Care

Please note: Any student who has not successfully completed a PMSC residential school within the preceding 12 months or undertaken a clinical placement unit, must complete a PMSC12001 Procedures & Skills refresher. This ensures currency with all contemporary skills and procedures in line with industry standards and professional capabilities

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 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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 50%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Online Test 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 76.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.78% 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: Moodle: Have Your Say
Students found the extra resources provided along with the set slides and lecture videos were helpful. They were a good way to reinforce what was being taught and helped them understand the topics better.
Continual review of learning material to ensure clarity continues in line with students' expectations.
Action Taken
Additional resources were provided to further expand upon content and to support assessment task completion.
Source: Moodle: Have Your Say
Students commented that residential school was run extremely well. They noted it was a huge confidence boost and an invaluable learning opportunity.
Practical scenarios are the cornerstone of the student experience. Continual review of how the residential schools are delivered is essential to promote confidence and learning.
Action Taken
The residential schools were carefully planned to ensure that all content was covered during practice sessions, and that student had multiple opportunities to cover the assessment scenarios. All residential schools ran very well again this year, and received extremely positive comments in evaluation responses.
Source: Unit evaluation responses
Students wished for more time to complete the online quiz.
At the start of term students were advised of the duration of the quiz and the need to have good content understanding to complete all questions in time. It was explained to students that clear knowledge of content was required to enable comfortable completion, but that there was not enough time to look up every answer in this open-book test. In that manner the quiz differentiates between students who have completed deep-learning of content, and those with only shallow recall that needed to reference information more frequently. This was later reiterated in tutorials preceding the quiz. The quiz duration and workload is suitable for third-year level, and the majority of students did pass the quiz, many with HD-level results.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation responses
The unit was well-paced, and tutorials were extremely useful in contextualising and applying weekly content.
The unit has run for several years now, and the content is indeed evenly distributed throughout the term. Although live tutorial attendance is typically low, the high uptake of tutorial recordings as well as student feedback attests to the value of these sessions. They shall continue to be run in this manner, which applies case-based learning with discussion of pathophysioslogy, pharmacology, and clinical decision-making skills.
Action Taken
Source: Student emails; verbal feedback during tutorials
The guide to outlining and structuring academic papers was very well-received. Students reported that this helped them to plan out their written report, and to break the task down into manageable pieces that could be completed around clinical placement shifts.
The guide to writing has been provided in other third-year units, and was adapted this year to suit the PME3 written report assessment task. It shall continue to be provided in this unit to support academic writing skills, and shall be supplemented in 2023 with a second document explaining APA style formatting and layout for a written report.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate patients systematically and comprehensively to formulate a provisional diagnosis associated with toxicology, toxinology and environmental emergencies
  2. Justify the provisional diagnosis by integrating knowledge of underpinning physiological changes associated with acute toxicology, toxinology and environmental presentations
  3. Practice critical thinking in case management to justify clinical decisions with an evidence-based rationale
  4. Develop and implement clinically appropriate management interventions through comprehensive knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practice, incorporating the principles of safe, professional and ethical practice.

It is now 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 proposed learning outcomes with these domains, with each domain also listed below:

  • Learning outcome 1 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 3 & 5
  • Learning outcome 2 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 3 & 5
  • Learning outcome 3 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 3 & 5
  • Learning outcome 4 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Domain 1 - Professional and ethical conduct

  • Practice ethically and professionally, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Provide each patient with an appropriate level of dignity and care
  • Assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner's practice as a paramedic.

Domain 2 - Professional communication and collaboration

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient and other relevant people
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners.

Domain 3 - Evidence-based practice and professional learning

  • Make informed and reasonable decisions
  • Use clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to determine clinical judgements and appropriate actions
  • Draw on appropriate knowledge and skills in order to make professional judgements
  • Identify ongoing professional learning, developmental needs and opportunities.

Domain 4 - Safety, risk management and quality assurance

  • Protect and enhance patient safety
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment
  • Operate effectively in an emergency care environment
  • Maintain records appropriately
  • Monitor and review the ongoing effectiveness of their practice and modify it accordingly
  • Audits, to reflect on and review practices
  • Participate in the mentoring, teaching and development of others.

Domain 5 - Paramedicine practice

  • Use patient information management systems appropriately
  • Assess and monitor the patient capacity to receive care
  • Understand the key concepts of the bodies of knowledge which are specifically relevant to paramedicine practice
  • Conduct appropriate diagnostic or monitoring procedures, treatment, therapy or other actions safely
  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to participate in mass casualty or major incident situations
  • Formulate specific and appropriate patient care and treatment actions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Test
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