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PMC3103 Paramedicine Placement 3

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Paramedicine Placement 3
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
Version produced : 21 May 2019


Examiner: Sue Gullery


Pre-requisite: PMC2203


Paramedic Placement 3 provides students with the opportunity to further advance their skills during a full-time practical experience with the Queensland Ambulance Service. Students will work as the third officer on an emergency ambulance vehicle and will be expected to perform as a functional team member under the instruction of the ambulance crew. Students will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of knowledge and skills as compared to Paramedic Placement 1 and 2 as they will have undertaken further study in the interim period.


The third practical placement of five weeks provides the students with the opportunity to perform as a functional member of a paramedic team under the supervision of a qualified paramedic. The student should incorporate their increased knowledge and skills by contributing to assessment and management of patients who present with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, as well as the general assessment of other patients.


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

  1. Self-evaluate performance in a clinical situation with regard to skills and attitude
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to interact with people from diverse age groups and cultures
  3. Demonstrate active participation in decision making regarding the assessment and management appropriate to Year 3 student
  4. Assess and appropriately manage individuals presenting with cardiovascular, respiratory, and behavioural conditions
  5. Demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice to manage individuals in an ambulance environment or pre-hospital setting
  6. Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour in an ambulance environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mandatory guidelines and legislation 20.00
2. Effective teamwork 20.00
3. Communication skills 20.00
4. Ethical and professional behaviour 20.00
5. Reflective practice 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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QAS Clinical Practice Manual (2015).

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. Wiley-Blackwell.
Talley, N. J, & O’Connor, S. (2017). Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination, 8th ed. Elsevier.
Taylor, B.J. (2010) Reflective practice for healthcare professionals: A practical guide, 3rd ed. Open University Press: UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 175.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PLACEMENT ATTENDANCE 1 1 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
PLACEMENT SUPERVISOR REPORT 1 14 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
REFLECTIVE PRACTICE PORTFOLIO 1 85 16 Jul 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Assessment item due 9 days after completion of clinical placement.
  2. Assessment item due 9 days after completion of clinical placement.
  3. Assessment item due 9 days after completion of clinical placement.

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 individual assessment item a student must achieve 100% of the marks (mark of 1) for that 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 a student must attempt and receive 100% (mark of 1) for all assessment items in the course.

  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:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 APA referencing 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.