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PMC2110 Paramedicine Principles 1

Semester 1, 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 : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Anita Westwood


Pre-requisite: PMC1105 and PMC1000


Two of the most common medical conditions experienced by individuals are cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Disorders associated with these two systems have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of patients and as such a Paramedic is required to have strong foundation knowledge and skills to manage these patients safely and effectively. This course aims to provide further knowledge for students to gain an understanding of the impact of cardiac and respiratory dysfunction on other body systems and individuals as a whole.

Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions are the most common medical emergencies managed by paramedics. This course will focus on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and therapeutic management of patients with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and emergencies. This course will also develop the students' ability to source acquire and critically appraise evidence and apply findings those findings to paramedic practice.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply anatomical, physiological, pathological epidemiology concepts associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to develop a knowledge understanding of relevant conditions and emergencies paramedics manage;
  2. Examine epidemiological and demographic factors associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in line with relevant paramedics emergencies;
  3. Apply clinical reasoning in relation to managing cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and emergencies;
  4. Examine evidenced-based approaches to the management of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and emergencies;
  5. Apply appropriate communication techniques and skills in relation to managing individuals with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions in the clinical environment;
  6. Examine the purpose of health promotion and primary health care in preventing cardiac and respiratory disease.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Cardiovascular diseases and associated conditions:
• Hypertension
• Lipid disorders
• Vascular disease
Heart failure
2. Thromboembolism
Acute Coronary Syndrome
3. Dysrhythmias 5.00
4. Pericardial/myocardial disease 10.00
5. Cardiac arrest 10.00
6. Respiratory diseases and associated conditions:
• Asthma
• Infections
7. Pleural disease
8. Other / Special conditions:
Cystic fibrosis
9. Environmental and occupational respiratory diseases 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines, Queensland Government. (2015). Queensland Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Rosens, R.M et al., (2017) Rosen's Emergency Medicine concepts and clinical practice (9th Edition). Mosby Elsevier: Sydney (Available online in USQ Library).

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 Written Quiz No 20 1,3,6
Assignments Written Case Study No 40 1,2,3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 27 June 2022