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, whilst incorporating knowledge of cultural and linguistically diverse populations. You will synthesise 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 critically reflect upon the leadership skills required at a critical care level.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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.

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 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 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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: Self Reflection
From 2020 this unit will be included in two offerings, CC70 - Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care) and the new course, CL70 - Graduate Diploma of Tactical Medicine.
All content, assessments and resources for this unit will be reviewed to ensure it's alignment with both offerings.
Action Taken
This was done. Positive feedback has been received in emails from the students saying that they enjoyed the unit and the knowledge that they have gained.
Source: Have your say
The unit focused strongly on hospital interventions. There was a revision feel to the unit and gaps around what the newest assessment techniques are in the prehospital area, e.g. ultrasound, point of care.
All of the interventions discussed in this unit are either presently within the scope of practice for an Intensive Care/Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) in one or more states across Australia; are used internationally and may become part of the CCP scope in the near future; or are fundamental to understand the tertiary management/intervention to best inform prehospital management. Regarding point-of-care and ultrasound, these areas are covered in great detail in the diagnostics unit PMSC20005. PMSC20001 only introduces these assessment tools. In future offerings, this will be made more explicit to further assist with the students' expectations of the unit.
Action Taken
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. Synthesise 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. Critically reflect upon leadership skills at a critical care level 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