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.


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


PMSC20001 Advanced clinical assessment and decision making

PMSC20003 Pharmacological application in the critical care setting

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 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2020 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Off-campus Activity 60%
3. On-campus Activity 0%

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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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
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.
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
The new course proposal was accepted and this unit was offered in the second term for the first time. The full time students, especially those travelling interstate or from overseas, greatly appreciate the change in term offerings and the back to back Residential Schools. It has also alleviated the previous issues with submissions and feedback.
Source: Have your say - Unit evaluation
The practical application of the skills during the residence school was highly regarded. The student felt that it allowed for hands on experience and provided an excellent learning environment.
The inclusion of industry experts at the these residential schools continues to have a profoundly positive impact on the students and the unit. This practice will continue for future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the concepts and theoretical underpinnings, including the anatomical and pathophysiological reasons, for the application of critical care skills and interventions in the management of a critically ill or injured patient
  2. Identify the indications, precautions, risks and contraindications of the skills and interventions involved in critical care practice
  3. Employ critical thinking and clinical decision making for the use of critical care skills and interventions
  4. Demonstrate the skills and interventions involved in critical care practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Off-campus Activity
3 - On-campus Activity
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
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 - Off-campus Activity
3 - On-campus Activity