PMSC20007 - Aeromedical, Retrieval and Tactical Medicine

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will give you the specific knowledge and skills to function in aeromedical, retrieval and tactical medicine areas as a critical care paramedic. The unit looks at the core aspects of aeromedical and retrieval medicine covering physics, planning and preparing strategies for successful operations within aeromedical, retrieval and tactical areas, rotary vs fixed wing transport, functioning in confined or limited spaces, human factors and operational concerns, the clinical issues, risks and challenges involved in transporting critically ill patients in the aeromedical environments. You will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts regarding risk analysis, safety concerns, teamwork and identify the effective communication and collaboration skills utilised within aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environments.

Details

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 There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

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. Presentation 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Portfolio 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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: Informal feedback from students.
Feedback
The students enjoyed the opportunity to visit Aeromedical Bases as part of the Portfolio Assessment Task.
Recommendation
This practice will continue to ensure authentic learning experiences within this area of expertise.
Action Taken
The students still continue to enjoy this assessment task. This year students also branched out into areas of Tactical Medicine and bases within the United Kingdom.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
The introduction of separate recordings on each assessment task and their marking rubrics has assisted in the improvement of the students overall results.
Recommendation
This practice will continue as it appears to be beneficial to the students.
Action Taken
To ensure further understanding of the assessment tasks students are encouraged at the start of term to review the tasks and submit any questions before a set date so these questions could be included in the recordings as required.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan, prepare and implement strategies for successful operation within aeromedical, retrieval or tactical areas
  2. Integrate critical care clinical knowledge and functionality in aeromedical, retrieval and tactical operations
  3. Identify effective communication and collaborative skills utilised within aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environments
  4. Examine the clinical issues, risks and challenges involved in the transporting critically ill patients in the aeromedical environment
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of risk analysis, team safety and teamwork in aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environment.

A Graduate Diploma is now the standard requirement for many state ambulance services for advanced positions in the paramedic field. These positions have speciality areas that include aeromedical, retrieval and tactical areas.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio