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PMSC20001 - Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce students to advanced clinical assessment combining the skills of clinical history taking with those for physical examination. Students will synthesize clinical data obtained through advanced knowledge of the structure and function of specified life systems and associated common pathologies,pathophysiology, signs and symptoms interpretation and investigatory processes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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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. Portfolio 40%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Written Assessment 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), 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: 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
It was made more explicit within the unit's content that these assessment tools would be covered in more detail in the diagnostic unit, PMSC20005 Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management.
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I completed this unit as a part of the graduate diploma in tactical medicine. Unfortunately most of the topics covered in this subject are unlikely to be of benefit when managing casualties on the battle space due to the different patient demographics. I think it would be benefical in future to provide a subject that is more tailored to the battle casualty.
Student expectation was that the unit would be focusing on managing casualties in a battle environment and that the topics covered were not adequately aligned with this expectation. The Graduate Diploma of Tactical Medicine provides the students with the knowledge, the clinical skills, and clinical reasoning required to deal with the complex challenges of treating acute critically ill or injured patients in dynamic and high threat environments, this includes critical care management of civilians with co-morbidities and disease. This will be made more explicit in future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Undertake a comprehensive clinical history and assessment of patients, including clinical examination of physiological systems
  2. Synthesize clinical data obtained from the history and assessment of individual patients
  3. Distinguish common pathologies and pathophysiology within the care context utilising clinical information
  4. Demonstrate the ability to formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on findings from advanced clinical assessment, history and examination

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