PMSC20018 - Prolonged Field Care and Casualty Evacuation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will build on your existing knowledge of pharmacology and advanced clinical assessment and intervention. You will learn to use advanced clinical vital sign monitoring and interventions to build an accurate clinical picture to advocate for patient evacuation with the most appropriate available transport assets. Planning, operational control, triage and patient packaging for systematic evacuation will be introduced. You will be introduced to advanced clinical care practices for prolonged field care scenarios where evacuation is deferred indefinitely. Risk mitigation and situational awareness techniques learned in direct and indirect threat care units will be built upon and further incorporated into the clinical assessment to ensure a measured situational response in the event of threat re-escalation. You will synthesise clinical data obtained through ongoing patient assessment to implement an ongoing treatment plan in preparation for evacuation.


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

PMSC20017 Indirect 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 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Practical Assessment 0%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.36% 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: Verbal, during residential school.
Enjoyed practical scenarios.
Continue to carefully design each scenario to meet a clear set of outcomes.
Action Taken
Source: Verbal, during residential school.
Long waiting periods between scenarios.
Recruit subject matter experts to ensure that students are engaged while waiting to participate in scenarios.
Action Taken
Source: Verbal, during residential school.
Fidelity during scenarios can be improved.
Request additional moulage-trained technical staff to assist with residential schools. Acquire props to simulate additional complexity in scenarios.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply comprehensive clinical assessments within the tactical care context
  2. Integrate clinical knowledge, pharmacology and advanced clinical interventions into prolonged field care
  3. Analyse trends in clinical findings to identify emerging trauma pathologies or clinical deterioration in prolonged field care
  4. Demonstrate ongoing situational control while treating and preparing a patient for evacuation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical 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