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.

Details

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 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 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. 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.14% 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: Formal unit evaluation responses.
Feedback
Feedback included recommendations regarding the clarity, difficulty and time commitment associated with assessments. Additionally, some students felt that the sound quality of the online lectures could be improved.
Recommendation
Adjustments will be made to assessment instructions to ensure clarity. The difficulty of the assessments will not be adjusted as it is unlikely to confer knowledge acquisition benefit. Students must consider the required workload expected from a full-time commitment to the Graduate Certificate in Tactical Medicine. Online lectures will be assessed for poor sound quality and adjusted where required.
Action Taken
Assessment instructions have been modified, and additional resources have been made available to clarify assessment requirements. New audio equipment was utilised for all further learning materials that were recorded. Video instruction was provided to clarify assessment requirements.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
No negative feedback was received for this unit formally nor informally. All comments on 'have your say' were positive and no recommendations for content improvement were made. Students appreciated the contemporary knowledge provided in this unit.
Recommendation
Content will continue to be updated to ensure that contemporary knowledge and information are being provided to students undertaking this unit of study.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Case Study
3 - Written Assessment