PMSC20017 - Indirect Threat Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to the indirect threat care environment, which signals a shift through risk de-escalation from basic life support to advanced life support treatment methods. You will further your knowledge of the comprehensive trauma assessment of patients, combining the skills of clinical history taking with those of physical examination using a trauma focused primary survey. In addition, you will undertake a review of clinical findings and incorporate differential diagnosis to implement an appropriate treatment plan in preparation for evacuation. Risk mitigation and situational awareness techniques will be added to the clinical assessment to ensure a measured situational response in the event of threat re-escalation.


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


PMSC20016  Direct Threat Care 

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 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 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. Case Study 35%
2. Case Study 35%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 45.45% 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 email interaction.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive albeit informal 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
New lectures have been recorded and added to the unit. All new lectures are within the self-imposed 15min limit.
Source: Informally by email.
One student highlighted poor sound quality in some of the recorded lectures.
Poor sound quality lectures will be identified and re-recorded. A desktop microphone has been sourced to ensure that new recordings are clear.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE unit comments.
One student requested a review of the timing and number of assessments to manage the course load better.
The number of assessments cannot be changed due to the documented outcomes for the unit. Students can choose to do only one unit per semester if the workload is not manageable with multiple units.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Formulate a comprehensive tactical primary survey including a clinical assessment of physiological systems.
  2. Synthesis data obtained from clinical assessments to construct treatment plans that address and prioritise the major causes of trauma death at an advanced life support level.
  3. Discuss the importance of assessing and maintaining operational control and managing patient movement during threat re-escalation.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Case Study
2 - Case Study
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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