PMSC20002 - Advanced Critical Skills Application

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will address the paramedic management of patients with medical and trauma conditions at the critical care level. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to identify the indications, precautions, risks and contraindications of the skills and interventions involved in critical care practice; employ critical thinking and clinical decision making; and demonstrate the skills and interventions required at a critical care level. The unit will include clinical skills laboratory and simulation scenarios designed to enable you to develop the essential communication, assessment, clinical problem-solving, decision making and management skills required at a critical care level.

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

Pre-requisites

PMSC20001 Advanced clinical assessment and decision making

PMSC20003 Pharmacological application in the critical care setting

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 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

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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 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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: Course Evaluation Survey
Feedback
One student suggested that assessments for PMSC20001 and PMSC20002 need to be further spaced out as they both include clinical reflection and it would be beneficial to receive the feedback from one before submitting the other, as both units require this assessment submission at the end of term.
Recommendation
If the new course proposal for the Grad Dip is accepted, these units will be offered in different terms which will alleviate this issue.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Course Evaluation Survey
Feedback
One student considered the amount and level of content in the course to be too much
Recommendation
Content will be reviewed by additional staff within the paramedic discipline to evaluate if it needs to be revised. Currently, the content covered are all skills within the potential critical care paramedic scope of practice, so it would be hard to revise down.
Action Taken
The content was revised to better reflect the unit's outcomes and the requirements of the Critical Care Paramedic. Some content was removed as it was outside the area of critical care, both nationally and internationally.
Unit learning Outcomes
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