PMSC13013 - Transition to Paramedic Practice and Professionalism

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Throughout the Transition to Paramedic Practice and Professionalism unit, you will acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to assist with your evolution to beginner practitioner and a Registered Paramedic. This unit will explore the requirements for registration, and continuing professional development, as a paramedic in Australia. You will explore and further develop your professional and therapeutic communication skills with a focus on receiving and delivering constructive feedback, in preparation for a graduate internship and future mentoring opportunities. Additionally, you will explore and enhance positive professional habits to strengthen individual resilience while promoting good physical and psychological health, integral to an effective career in paramedicine.


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

Co-requisite: PMSC13010 Consolidated Paramedic Practice

Pre-requisite: PMSC13002 Clinical Practice 2 and 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 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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 30%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. Case Study 30%

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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the requirements to practice as a paramedic in Australia, with a particular focus on professional registration obligations
  2. Review and combine the principles and techniques underlying effective, sensitive and clear communication skills in the health care setting
  3. Formulate and display sensitive and appropriate communication strategies for giving and receiving feedback in the clinical setting
  4. Integrate strategies for self-care and self-awareness to enhance individual resilience, physical and psychological fitness into professional practice

The learning outcomes for this unit align with the Professional Capabilities for registered Paramedics as adopted by the Paramedicine Board of Australia, which describe the minimum knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for practice as a paramedic in Australia.

Unit Learning Outcome 1 aligns with Professional Capabilities Domain 1 and 3

Unit Learning Outcome 2 aligns with Professional Capabilities Domain 2, 4 and 5

Unit Learning Outcome 3 aligns with Professional Capabilities Domain 2 and 4

Unit Learning Outcome 4 aligns with Professional Capabilities Domain 1 and 3

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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