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PMC1105 Fundamentals of Paramedicine

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Fundamentals of Paramedicine
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 : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Andy Bell


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC


Fundamentals of Paramedicine (PMC1105) will provide students with the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge required to practice as a Paramedic. Fundamentals of Paramedicine, aims to introduce students to the culture, concepts, history and development of Paramedicine. Completion of this course will enable students to develop the communication and social skills required for the dynamic environment of paramedicine.


This course will provide students with the opportunity to establish foundational knowledge of concepts that are important to the role of paramedics. Students will have the opportunity to examine the history of pre-hospital care, structure and function of ambulance services in Australia and internationally, and the role of paramedics within the health care system and vulnerable people. Additionally, students will determine the importance of infection control through the use of universal precautions and personal protective equipment. Finally, this course will enable students to be exposed to common medical terminology to assist them communicate in a professional manner suitable to the healthcare environment and strengthen their role in the broader healthcare team.


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

  1. Identify the role of the paramedic within the broader healthcare team and the delivery of contemporary health care;
  2. Explain the history, development, operational structure and the delivery of contemporary paramedicine from a national and international perspective;
  3. Examine the scope of practice of paramedics with vulnerable people;
  4. Describe the importance of infection control and implementing universal precautions and OH&S requirements;
  5. Apply medical terminology and appropriate communication styles to be used within paramedicine and the broader health care team.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Role of Paramedics in pre-hospital care and the healthcare system 20.00
2. History and culture of paramedicine domestically and internationally 20.00
3. Ambulance Service operations and standards 20.00
4. Paramedicine communication skills and language development 20.00
5. Significance of infection control and universal precautions and meeting OH&S requirements 20.00

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, Australian/New Zealand 2nd edn, Mosby Elsvier.
Gregory, P & Mursell, I 2010, Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures, Wiley Blackwell.

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.
O’Meara, P & Grbich, CF. (Eds) 2012, Paramedics in Australia. Contemporary challenges of practice, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW, 2008.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 40.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 59.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Online Quiz 40 10 31 Mar 2021
Case Study 40 40 21 Apr 2021
Open Examination - Online 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule 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. Students do not need to pass all assessment items to be eligible to pass the 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    The exam for this course will be RESTRICTED. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    i. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    ii. calculators which cannot hold textual information.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 14 April 2021