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PMC3220 Applied Paramedicine 1

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Applied Paramedicine 1
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
Version produced : 26 May 2019


Examiner: Dennis Walker


Pre-requisite: PMC2000 and PMC2110
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2201 and PMC2210


This course addresses contemporary healthcare issues that are reflective of the population including children, the ageing population and the epidemic of obesity. Obesity is a major concern among the young, middle age and older population causing morbidly and significant complications requiring attendance by ambulance services. Ageing and obesity are associated with higher rates of chronic illnesses, co-morbidities and use of health services in general.


This course will build on all the content addressed throughout this program and requires students to apply knowledge and principles to three specific health subsets within current populations. Although the principles of assessment, diagnosis and management remain the same, they are applied differently in relation to children, the elderly and obese based on their specific developmental, physiological, pathological and psychosocial requirements.


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

  1. Examine anatomical, physiological, pathological and psychological characteristics specific to paediatric, geriatric and bariatric people.
  2. Apply the principles of history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning to the assessment and diagnosis of specific conditions in paediatric, geriatric and bariatric people.
  3. Examine strategies to effectively communicate with paediatric, geriatric and/or bariatric people, their carers and/or guardians, and with other health professionals who could be involved with their care.
  4. Evaluate clinical reasoning frameworks and develop management plans for paediatric, geriatric and bariatric patients.
  5. Demonstrate evidence-based practice aligned to the practical management of paediatric, bariatric and geriatric patients in a variety of clinical scenarios.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Physical and psychological paediatric assessment and management 20.00
2. Physical and psychological assessment and management of bariatric patients 20.00
3. Gerontology 20.00
4. Communication skills 20.00
5. Care planning 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

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
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 50 50 19 Sep 2019
EXAMINATION 70 50 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM PART A (MULTIPLE CHOICE) 40 20 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  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 and tutorials) 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 at least 50% of the marks 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 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 APA policies can be found at