PMSC20001 - Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to advanced clinical assessment, combining the skills of clinical history taking with those for physical examination, whist incorporating knowledge of cultural and linguistically diverse populations. You will synthesize clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context. You will be able to formulate an appropriate clinical management plan to treat the critically ill or injured and employ reflective practice principles to effectively revise ongoing management plans as required. You will also develop leadership skills as a Critical Care Paramedic within a clinical team environment.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

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 Postgraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Portfolio 40%

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 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 Survey
Feedback
Reformatting required for some of the PPTs and a standardized layout for each week's content on the Moodle page to allow for easier navigation of the content and resources.
Recommendation
A new standardized weekly format will be used on the Moodle page for this unit and further content revision will be undertaken to address the formatting of the PPTs
Action Taken
This strategy was implemented this term. We will continue to structure the unit in this format.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
More may be needed to ensure a clearer understanding of the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
In future there will also be an accompanying recording, further discussing the assessment tasks and a Q&A session as required.
Action Taken
This strategy was also implemented this term. In the future we will continue to provide this resource as required.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment, including history taking and physical examination whilst incorporating knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  2. Synthesize clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context.
  3. Formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on clinical assessment findings, underpinning knowledge and evidence based medicine.
  4. Engage reflective practice principles to revise ongoing management of the critical care patient.
  5. Develop leadership skills as a Critical Care Paramedic within a clinical team environment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio