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PMSC20006 - Advanced Clinical Care of Trauma and Environmental Emergencies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide students with the ability to analyse, critically evaluate and generate advanced management plans through enhanced clinical knowledge of associated common pathologies, signs and symptoms interpretation and investigatory processes for patients suffering trauma and/or environmental emergencies.


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


PMSC20005 Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management

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

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
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

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 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 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Review assessment strategy
At present, there are only two assessments, with both offered during the residential school. Consideration should be given to reviewing the assessment strategy to allow students earlier opportunities to monitor their progress via assessment tasks.
Action Taken
This new strategy will be adopted when this unit is replaced in 2022 with a new AQF level 9 unit.
Source: Self-reflection
Engagement of currently practicing Critical Care Paramedics during residential school
Continue to engage currently practicing Critical Care Paramedics during residential school.
Action Taken
This practice has continued and is well received by both the students and the engaged Critical Care Paramedic.
Source: Self-reflection
Maintain structured approach to residential school
In 2019, a more structured approach to the plan for the residential school was taken, with greater alignment between key learning points and scenarios to ensure essential concepts are covered. Continue with structured plan.
Action Taken
This practice has continued with great success. It allows transparency as to what needs to be reviewed and achieved prior to the student undertaking their practical assessment.
Source: Self-reflection
Practical skills review session at commencement of residential school
For some students, there is a gap of 12 months between when they undertake the skills unit (PMSC20002) and when they attend the residential school for this unit. There is therefore value in maintaining the practical skills review to both assist students and ease them into the scenarios that are to come. As this unit is in teach-out with the content moving to a new unit, this recommendation will be implemented in that new unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain epidemiology of trauma and environmental injuries, the structure of trauma protocols, their benefits to paramedic advanced trauma life support and define the related trauma triage criteria
  2. Understand the pathophysiology of common traumatic and environmental injuries and relate these concepts to their management
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical skills to the management of trauma and environmental emergencies in 'real time' work and simulation using a clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model
  4. Describe the ongoing management, coordination and transfer of patients with traumatic injuries in hospital critical care units within the framework of a trauma protocol
  5. Discuss the characteristics, communication and teamwork of the various healthcare professionals within the context of managing patients with traumatic emergencies
  6. Implement evidence-base practice to management of emergency trauma and environmental conditions

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 5 6
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - On-campus Activity