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PMC2210 Paramedicine Principles 2

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Paramedicine Principles 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 : Graded


Examiner: John Latham


Paramedicine Principles 2 addresses common and significant medical and surgical conditions and emergencies that paramedics encounter. A broad range of topics will be covered in this course requiring to enable students to develop knowledge and skills to assess, manage and initiate emergency treatment to individuals with diverse conditions.


Medical and surgical emergencies account for a significant portion of the cases attended by paramedics. Therefore, Paramedicine Principles 2 will examine neurological conditions, endocrine, metabolic, renal and gastrointestinal conditions. Due to the broad nature of the content, this course will also enhance student's clinical reasoning skills while drawing on their understanding and ability to perform thorough history taking and physical assessments.


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of anatomical, physiological, pathological knowledge associated with specific medical and surgical conditions and emergencies
  2. Examine epidemiological and demographic factors associated with various medical conditions in line with relevant paramedics emergencies
  3. Examine the management of individuals with specific medical and surgical emergencies and conditions in the pre hospital environment
  4. Analyse treatment modalities associated with specific medical and surgical conditions and emergencies
  5. Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills required to manage individuals with specific medical and surgical conditions and emergencies
  6. Apply evidence-based practice to assess and manage individuals with specific medical and surgical conditions and emergencies
  7. Examine the purpose of health promotion and primary health care in preventing cardiac and respiratory disease


Description Weighting(%)
1. Epidemiology of key medical conditions requiring paramedic assistance 20.00
2. Neurological emergencies
Intracranial diseases
3. Metabolic disorders 10.00
4. Endocrine conditions 10.00
5. Renal conditions 10.00
6. Gastrointestinal disorders 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Marx, J.A., Hockberger, R. S., Walls, R. M., (2014). Rosen’s Emergency Medicine concepts & clinical practice 8th Ed, Vol. 1. Mosby/ Elsevier.
Queensland Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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.
Bryant, B., Knights, K. (2015). Pharmacology for Health Professionals (4th ed.). Elsevier.
Dennis, M., Bowen, W. T., & Cho, L. (2016). Mechanisms of Clinical Signs 2nd ed. Sydney: Elsevier.
Kumar, V., Abbas, A. K., & Aster, J. C. (2018). Robbins Basic Pathology 10th ed. Elsevier: Philadelphia.
Nixon, V. (2013). Professional practice in paramedic, emergency and urgent care. Wiley-Blackwell.
Sherwood, L. (2013). Human Physiology from Cells to Systems 8th Ed. Brooks/Cole.
Talley, N. J., & O’Connor, S. (2017). Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination, 8th ed. Elsevier. (including DVD).
Timmons, M. J., & Tallitsch, R. B. (2017). Human Anatomy 9th Ed. Pearson.
Ward, P.T., Ward, J., & Leach, R. M. (2015). The Respiratory System at a Glance 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 40.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 54.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment (Case Study) 50 50 16 Sep 2019
EXAM 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a Closed Examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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 an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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 a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing style. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Paramedicine
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.