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PMC1202 Paramedic Skills 2

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Paramedic Skills 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069905 - Paramedical Studies
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Dennis Walker


Pre-requisite: PMC1104


Paramedic Skills 2 (PMC1202) will strengthen the foundational knowledge and skills gained in Paramedic Skills 1 (PMC1102) to enable students to expand their role as a paramedic. The aim of this course is to develop the student’s ability to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills to enable them to function as an effective team member while attending a practical placement and as a new graduate.


Students will further develop their knowledge and skill set through being introduced to common practical presentation of medical and traumatic conditions encountered in paramedicine. By integrating theoretical knowledge with practical skills, students will be able to assess, develop and implement management regimes for selected conditions from the incident scene to admission to Hospital. Paramedic Skills 2 will allow students to acquire a working knowledge of pharmacology and electrocardiography within paramedicine. Paramedic Skills 2 will enable students to gain experience in the use of ambulance communication equipment.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Integrate theoretical knowledge to practice
  2. Examine frameworks and concepts associated with clinical reasoning, a systematic approach to assessment and the need to apply best practice paramedicine
  3. Analyse the need to develop crew resource management and scene control skills when presented with medical and/or traumatic situations
  4. Explain basic electrocardiography tracings
  5. Undertake cardiovascular, respiratory and behavioural assessments
  6. Operate at the level that is suitable for first year practical placement.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Crew resource management 20.00
2. Clinical reasoning and systematic approaches to assessment 20.00
3. Undertaking cardiovascular, respiratory and behavioural assessments 20.00
4. Electrocardiography 20.00
5. Electronic communications 10.00
6. Teamwork 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Curtis, K & Ramsden, C 2015, Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics, 2nd edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Johnson, M, Boyd, L, Grantham, H & Eastwood, K 2015, Paramedic principles and practice. A clinical reasoning approach.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Gregory, P & Mursell, I 2010, Manual of clinical paramedic procedures.
Queensland Government 2015, Queensland Ambulance service clinical practice guidelines.
Sanders, JM, McKenna, KD, Lewis, LM & Quick, G 2012, Mosby’s paramedic textbook, 4th edn, Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 47.00
Directed Study 40.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 26.00
Lectures 12.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Clinical Skills (OSCE) 50 50 24 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
Lab - Participation and Attend 1 1 24 Oct 2019
Reflective Practice Log 50 49 24 Oct 2019

  1. The practical exam (OSCE) will be held during the the final week of the semester unless advised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory laboratories or practical classes. It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 (100%) for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory laboratories or practical classes and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 (100%) for each assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a failing grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no end of semester written exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no end of semester written exam for this course there will be no deferred or supplementary written exams.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at