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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.

Details

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

For students enrolled in CC70 Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice)

Pre-requisites

PMSC20001 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making

Co-requisites

PMSC20002 Advanced Critical Skills Application


For students enrolled in CL70 Graduate Diploma of Tactical Medicine

Pre-requisites

PMSC20001 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making


For students enrolled in CM12 Master of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice)

Co-requisites

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 - 2022

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. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.22% 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: Self-reflection
Feedback
Scenarios to contextualise learning
Recommendation
Use of scenarios to contextualise learning improved student outcomes.
Action Taken
Scenarios for discussion have been included in various weeks.
Source: Self-reflection.
Feedback
Increase student engagement in coursework scenarios.
Recommendation
Review existing coursework scenarios to provide greater detail and a step-through approach to improve student engagement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have your say'.
Feedback
Practical application of underpinning knowledge at residential school.
Recommendation
Continue practically-focused residential school, allowing students the opportunity for applied practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have your say'.
Feedback
Questions as to relevance of subject to discipline.
Recommendation
This unit is offered in both the critical care practice and tactical medicine courses. On occasion, questions are raised as to the relevance of in-depth assessment and diagnostic interpretation to their discipline. Recommendation is to offer greater detail as to the clinical relevance to both contexts in the introduction on the unit Moodle page.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 within 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.

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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 8