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PMC2202 Paramedic Skills 4

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Paramedic Skills 4
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 : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Lee Masher-Kolbee


Pre-requisite: PMC2102
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2201 and PMC2210


Paramedic Skills 4 will extend the knowledge and skills students have acquired in Paramedic Skills 1, 2, and 3. Content in this course addresses the knowledge and skills practising paramedics require to be efficient in managing adverse situations and emergencies. Skills acquired in this course are paramount to the achievement of paramedic practice.


The course is designed to offer students a comprehensive educational and skill development experience. A key emphasis of this course is to further expand communication skills to include communicating with people experiencing adverse conditions such as agitation. Paramedic Skills 4 also includes skill development in the area of musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological injuries and emergencies.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological assessments including accurate history taking.
  2. Examine effective management strategies for individuals with musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological related injuries
  3. Integrate knowledge, practical skills and problem-solving in the management of individuals with musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological related injuries
  4. Examine effective communication techniques used with individuals, family members, healthcare professionals and other professionals
  5. Apply evidence-based practice in the management of individuals with musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological related injuries
  6. Complete high quality clinical reports and documentation
  7. Demonstrate the ability to calculate accurate drug dosages


Description Weighting(%)
1. Calculate drug doses 10.00
2. Physical assessments:
3. Management of medical, surgical and traumatic emergencies 30.00
4. Evidence based practice and medical, surgical and traumatic emergencies 20.00
5. Effective communication skills used in emergency situations 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Queensland Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines (2015).
Talley, N. J., & O’Connor, S. (2017). Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination, 8th ed. Elsevier.

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.
Curtis, K. & Ramsden, C 2019, Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics, 3rd edn, Mosby.
Gregory, P., & Mursell, I (2010), Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures, Wiley-Blackwell, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 30.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 36.00
Private Study 52.00
Workshops 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Video 1 1 17 Sep 2021
Lab Participation and Attend 1 1 07 Oct 2021
Clinical Skills (OSCE) 1 98 12 Oct 2021 (see note 1)

  1. Clinical skills assessment will be held at the end of the semester, before commencement of the exam period.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory laboratories or practical classes. 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 (100%) for that assessment 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 students must attend and participate in the mandatory laboratories or practical classes and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 (100%) for each assessment item.

  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 for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no exam in the course, there will be no deferred or supplementary exams.

  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 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.

Date printed 14 April 2021