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 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 - 2019

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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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. Synthesise 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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Case Study
2 - Case Study
3 - Written Assessment