PMSC20005 - Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit you will be able to articulate the relationship between medical conditions, pathophysiology, clinical assessment findings and management in the critical care context. You will be able to advocate for the appropriate use of clinical measurement assessments, demonstrate analysis, and interpret abnormal results with regard to underlying pathophysiology. You will also employ evidence-based knowledge and practice in the management of patients, incorporating the use of clinical problem solving and decision making.


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


PMSC20002 Advanced Critical Skills Application

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. Written Assessment 60%
2. On-campus Activity 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 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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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: Personal observation; informal student feedback
Engagement with expert sonographers during residential school
Continuing engagement of cross-discipline expertise to facilitate authentic learning experiences for students.
Action Taken
A strong practical component of this unit involves sonography. We continue to engage CQU academic experts in this field during the residential school to maximise student experience.
Source: Discussion with expert sonographer.
Review the unit content surrounding prehospital ultrasound to ensure appropriate focus for paramedic clinicians.
Work with expert sonographer and undertake content review to ensure unit content regarding prehospital ultrasound is presented to an appropriate level for paramedic students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Clearly articulate the relationship between medical conditions, their pathophysiology, clinical assessment findings and management
  2. Advocate for the benefits and appropriate use of clinical measurement assessments in the critical care context
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the results of clinical measurement assessments, identify abnormal results and expand on their underlying pathophysiology
  4. Employ evidence-based theoretical knowledge and practice, including skills and interventions, while incorporating the use of clinical problem solving and decision making.


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