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PMSC20002 - Advanced Critical Skills Application

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit addresses the paramedic management of patients with medical and trauma conditions at the critical care paramedic level. It will also introduce you to critical care skills in specialty areas, including inhospital practicum. The unit will include clinical skills laboratory and simulation scenarios to develop essential communication, assessment, clinical problem solving, decision-making and management skills.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2016

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Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 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: Have your say Survey
The students felt the best aspects of this unit were the hands-on experience at the res school and inclusion of outside industry experts, which provided further expert knowledge within an Australian context and real-world examples for applying critical skills.
The inclusion of industry experts at 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
An industry expert was utilised at the Residential School. This continues to have a positive impact on our students and how we offer the Residential School.
Source: Unit Coordinator's Reflection on the unit.
Utilisation of operational Critical Care Paramedics (CCP) at this unit's Residential School.
The utilisation of operational Critical Care Paramedics (CCP) at this unit's Residential School had a positive impact. 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. Demonstrate and apply the appropriate advanced clinical procedures and use of equipment to maintain or improve ventilation and respiration including advanced airway skills, improve perfusion in the inadequeatly perfused patient, manage a cardiac dysrhythmia, monitor advanced vital signs or diagnostic tests, or administer medications for sedation or appropriate pain management
  2. Understand the concepts, pathophysiology and principles of altered conscious states and behavioural disturbances in order to appropriately treat or manage a patient suffering from a condition in this area
  3. Understand the theoretical underpinnings including the anatomical and physiological reasons for the use of advanced skills within critical care practice
  4. Identify the indications, contraindications, risks and precautions for the skills used in critical care practice
  5. Apply critical thinking and clinical decision making for the use of critical care skills within advanced paramedic practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
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