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PMC1202 Paramedic Skills 2

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Rose Blackman


Pre-requisite: PMC1110


This course will strengthen the foundational knowledge and skills acquired in the first-year courses and enable students to expand their understanding of the role of a paramedic. The aim of this course is to develop the student’s ability to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills and enable them to function as an effective team member during clinical placement.

This course is a competency-based course, and assessment items must be successfully completed to pass the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Students will further develop their knowledge and skills through being introduced to common medical and traumatic presentations encountered in paramedic practice. By integrating theoretical knowledge with practical skills, students will be able to assess, develop and implement management plans for selected conditions. This course will allow students to acquire a working knowledge of pharmacology and electrocardiography within paramedic practice. Additionally, students will gain experience working in operational environments including the use of communication equipment.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Utilise clinical reasoning to integrate theoretical knowledge and clinical practice;
  2. Employ a systematic approach to a comprehensive patient assessment including cardiovascular and respiratory assessments;
  3. Analyse the need for crew resource management and scene control skills when presented with medical and/or traumatic patient presentations;
  4. Explain basic electrocardiography tracings;
  5. Demonstrate competency in advance airways skills, cardiac monitoring, IV access, defibrillation and advanced cardiac life support.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Crew resource management and teamwork 20.00
2. Clinical reasoning and systematic approaches to assessment 30.00
3. Cardiovascular and respiratory assessments 20.00
4. Advance airways skills, cardiac monitoring, IV access, defibrillation and advanced cardiac life support. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Curtis, K & Ramsden, C (2019), Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics, Australian/New Zealand 3rd edn, Elsevier.
Johnson, M, Boyd, L, Grantham, H & Eastwood, K (2015), Paramedic principles and practice. A clinical reasoning approach, Elsevier.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills No 50 1,3,4,5
Assignments Practical Objtv Strctrd Clncl Exm (OSCE) No 50 1,2,4
Date printed 27 June 2022