PMSC20006 - Advanced Clinical Care of Trauma and Environmental Emergencies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with the underpinning evidence-based knowledge of common traumatic and environmental emergencies. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate critical care paramedic skills and interventions in the management of traumatic and environmental emergencies, and to operate effectively within trauma management systems.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


PMSC20002 Advanced Critical Skills Application

PMSC20005 Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 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. Practical Assessment 50%
2. On-campus Activity 50%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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: Student feedback (formal & informal)
Dislike of joint assessment tasks due to marks being shared
All unit assessment tasks are reviewed to offer greater alignment and improved student experience. Students will be assessed individually to reflect their individual performance in practical assessments.
Action Taken
The practical assessment task was redeveloped, along with a new more comprehensive rubric. Each student was assessed individually in a clinically complex scenario, allowing them to demonstrate individual application of holistic case management, with the assistance of a paramedic assistant.
Source: Student feedback (formal & informal) Staff experience of residential school
Ultrasound workshop
Continue to engage CQU sonography academic staff with development and delivery of the ultrasound workshop for PMSC20005. Clarify with students the schedule for the combined residential schools for PMSC20005 (2 days) and PMSC20006 (3 days). Allow adequate time for practice before assessment in PMSC20006 residential school. Continue with 1 1/2 day workshop for PMSC20005 ultrasound component and include practical assessment as requested by 2016 students
Action Taken
The residential school schedule was reorganised this year to make a clear distinction between the 2 units addressed within the one residential school. The 2 residential schools naturally scaffolded on each other, allowing students to complete their learning on diagnostics (including ultrasound) before applying their full skill set in the trauma residential school.
Source: Personal observation; informal student feedback
Use of currently practising critical care paramedics as mentors during residential school
Continue to engage critical care paramedics to assist in practical sessions during residential schools. Students gain a lot from this authentic experience, with tips and tricks to assist them in their new scope of practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology of common traumatic and environmental emergencies
  2. Apply evidence-based knowledge in the management of trauma and environmental emergencies
  3. Demonstrate advanced critical care paramedic skills and interventions in the management of traumatic and environmental emergencies
  4. Communicate effectively and demonstrate leadership within trauma management systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - 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 - Practical Assessment
2 - On-campus Activity