PMSC20016 - Direct Threat Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce and familiarise you with the risks associated with conducting patient care in the direct threat environment. Wounding patterns such as blunt and penetrating trauma, blast injuries and ballistics will be discussed in depth. You will be introduced to the concepts of situational awareness and critical thinking as it applies to treatment priorities. Specialist equipment not available in mainstream pre-hospital medicine will be introduced to assist you with environment-specific treatment methodologies for major preventable causes of death. You will synthesise direct-threat related risks with treatment priorities to manage the tension between risk mitigation and favourable patient outcomes.


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 There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Case Study 30%
3. Written Assessment 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 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.00% 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: Moodle feedback.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with no recommendations made through formal avenues. Some students comment on the concise format and length of recorded lectures as a positive.
Recorded lectures will continue to be concise and to the point. Some lectures still exceed the self imposed goal of 15 minutes and will either be broken into 2 separate lectures or re-recorded if possible.
Action Taken
Content continues to be added and removed based on contemporary evidence and new knowledge in the field. New lectures are consistently less than 15 minutes and broken into multiple lectures when required.
Source: SUTE
"The briefing assessment was good. However, I believe the SWOT analysis could have been more direct threat care relevant such as case studies, etc, but more direct threat care clinical specific."
The SWOT analysis is well placed in this unit and meets the outcome requirements. This unit is not clinical, and the assessment will not be changed to include clinical case studies.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and prepare strategies for successful operation within the direct threat care environment
  2. Integrate clinical knowledge to identify clinical treatment priorities, risk and challenges in the direct threat care environment
  3. Articulate the concepts of risk analysis, team safety and operational control and deferment
  4. Evaluate the use of specialist equipment and emerging technology in the direct threat care environment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Case Study
3 - Written Assessment
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 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Case Study
3 - Written Assessment