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PMC3230 Applied Paramedicine 2

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


Pre-requisite: PMC3110 and PMC2101
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC3220


Practicing as a paramedic in the pre-hospital environment requires the application of knowledge and skills in an unstable and changing environment. Clinical reasoning and judgement, decision making and critical thinking are paramount to the paramedic’s application of knowledge and skills to become an effective pre-hospital practitioner.


Applied Paramedicine 2 is a capstone course that addresses content to enable students to operate as a graduate paramedic. This capstone course provides the opportunity for all previously acquired skills, knowledge and attributes to be refined to prepare graduates for practice within the industry. In particular, the content will address clinical decision making, critical thinking, reflective practice and review the overall competencies required to practice as a paramedic.


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

  1. Apply prerequisite knowledge and skills to specific clinical and non-clinical scenarios that a practicing paramedic may encounter.
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning, critical thinking and advanced decision making skills in both practical and theoretical clinical settings.
  3. Evaluate patient management plans against current best practice using an evidence-based approach.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to perform at the expected level of a graduate paramedic, as specified within the Paramedicine Board of Australia (interim) Standards.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Critical thinking and advanced decision making frameworks and applications 10.00
2. Applied clinical reasoning and professional judgement 10.00
3. Paramedic Competencies 30.00
4. Context of paramedic practice: Application of skills and knowledge from previous courses 50.00

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 50.00
Directed Study 25.00
Lectures 12.00
Private Study 42.00
Workshops 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Portfolio Part A 19 19 19 Aug 2019
Portfolio Part B 30 30 09 Oct 2019
Workshop Part and Attend 1 1 08 Nov 2019
EXAM 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a closed examination. The total working time for the examination 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:
    Students must attend the mandatory workshops. 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. In addition students must attend and participate in the mandatory workshops and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 (100%) for their attendance.

  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 courseIn addition students must attend and participate in the mandatory workshops and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 (100%) for their attendance.

  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. These policies can be found at