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PMSC20005 - Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit students will have an advanced level of knowledge to relate cardiovascular, neurological, endocrine and respiratory physiology and pathophysiology to advanced clinical diagnostic tests of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and neurological function. Students will have an advanced level of knowledge for point-of-care testing (POCT) including ultrasound in the prehospital environment. Students will relate POCT and its effectiveness in the prehospital field in triaging patients to appropriate medical facilities and early interventional care. All diagnostic and assessment measurements will assist the paramedic to form a working diagnose and effective management plan.


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


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 3 - 2016

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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 30%
2. On-campus Activity 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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 20% 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
Include case-based scenarios to offer authentic examples of how newly ascertained knowledge of assessment and diagnostics can be integrated into clinical care.
For relevant weeks, include clinical case-based scenarios. Also schedule scenarios during residential school to allow practical application of knowledge.
Action Taken
The inclusion of scenarios both within the unit content and during the residential school continues as a work in progress.
Source: Self-reflection
Scenarios to contextualise learning
Use of scenarios to contextualise learning improved student outcomes.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain at an advanced level the anatomy and physiology of the body systems in relation to medical conditions.
  2. Justify the appropriate use of respiratory, neurological, metabolic, hemodynamic, and electrophysiological clinical measurements in assessing medical conditions.
  3. Relate the pathophysiology and assessment findings to common medical conditions and their management.
  4. Interpret results of the medical measurement tests and describe the underlying pathophysiology of abnormal test results.
  5. Explain the benefits of out-of-hospital adult medical emergency advanced life support and the related role of Critical Care Paramedics.
  6. Investigate and interpret the epidemiology of emergency medical conditions.
  7. Implement evidenced-based practice to management of emergency medical conditions.
  8. Integrate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the management of the adult patients with an emergency medical condition in 'real time' work simulation using a clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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 5 6 7 8
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 - Written Assessment
2 - On-campus Activity
3 - Online Quiz(zes)