PMSC11001 - Foundations of Paramedic Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides you with an introduction to Ambulance Services and Systems within Australia and Internationally. Through learning and exploring various aspects of professionalism, teamwork and the impacts of Emergency Service careers, you will begin to develop strategies to enhance personal safety, emotional wellbeing and longevity in the Paramedic field whilst ensuring patient management priorities are met. There will be an introduction to Indigenous health and culture as well as the legal and ethical frameworks of Paramedicine to provide you with a solid foundation for future clinical practice. *PLEASE NOTE* YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT CERTIFIED FIRST AID CERTIFICATE (with current CPR) IN ORDER TO PROGRESS TO THE NEXT UNIT - PMSC11002 Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
More support for distance students is needed, since there is no face to face contact for this course without a residential school. More regular blackboard collaborate sessions would be useful. Student Feedback Effort to engage distance students through forums, blackboard collaborate and other online technology will continue, and students will be encouraged to attend these sessions. More regular blackboard collaborate sessions to be planned.
Guest speakers were very beneficial Student feedback Continue with guest lecturers
Some confusion over the wording of assessment tasks, including the need for assumptions Student feedback Review assessment tasks and improve wording to decrease confusion.
Interviews between experienced officers and lecturers was beneficial Student feedback Continue with interviews
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the differences between Ambulance Services within Australia and Internationally.
  2. Discuss the potential health impacts of emergency work on Paramedics.
  3. Explain the legal and ethical obligations of Paramedic practice.
  4. Show consideration for Indigenous health and cultural impacts on Paramedic practice.

The new learning outcomes align with the Council of Ambulance Authorities accreditation standards of:

3.1.4 Collaboration with the ambulance sector.

3.1.5 Collaboration with the profession.

3.1.6 Interaction with other sectors.

The new learning outcomes also aligns with the CAA Paramedic Professional Competency Standards:

  • professional expectations of a paramedic.
  • makes informed and reasonable decisions.
  • demonstrates professional autonomy and accountability.
  • develops and maintains professional relationships.
  • demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills required for practice.
  • operates within a safe practice environment.
  • identifies and assesses health and social needs in the context of the environment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Applied Paramedic Law and Ethics Australia and New Zealand
Author/s: Ruth Townsend and Morgan Luck Year: 2013
Edition: Publisher: Elsevier
City: Chatswood State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Headset with working microphone
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJoelene Gott (j.gott@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017 Welcome to Higher Education

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture

Week 2 13-03-2017

History of the QAS & Other Australian Ambulance Services

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture and pre-recorded lecture

Week 3 20-03-2017

Rural & Remote Paramedic Practice

Moodle Readings

Pre-recorded lecture

Week 4 27-03-2017

Paramedic Registration & International EMS

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture and pre-recorded lecture

Week 5 03-04-2017

Looking After Yourself

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Vacation Week.

Vacation Week.

Free study time

Week 6 17-04-2017

Health Impacts: Part 1

Applied Paramedic Law & Ethics: Chapter 2

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture

Week 7 24-04-2017

Health Impacts: Part 2

Applied Paramedic Law & Ethics: Chapters 11 & 12

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture and pre-recorded lecture

Week 8 01-05-2017

Legal & Ethical: Part 1

Applied Paramedic Law & Ethics: Chapters 7, 10, & 12

Pre-recorded lecture

Week 9 08-05-2017

Legal & Ethical: Part 2

Applied Paramedic Law & Ethics Chapter 6 & 8

Pre-recorded lecture

Week 10 15-05-2017

Indigenous Healthcare & Cultural Sensitivity: Part 1

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture

Week 11 22-05-2017

Indigenous Healthcare & Cultural Sensitivity: Part 2

Moodle Readings

On-campus recorded lecture

Week 12 29-05-2017

Study Week

Assignment preparation time

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Minimum font 11dpi for assessment one.

You are required to complete both Task One AND Task Two to complete this assessment.


TASK ONE - You are about to graduate from the Bachelor of Paramedic Science. It is now time for you to decide where to apply for a graduate position – is it Queensland, interstate or overseas? The only way to make an informed decision is to research different ambulance services.

Pick one ambulance service either from a State in Australia or an international service and compare it to the Queensland Ambulance Service, using the information provided below. You are required to submit a one to two page document summarising and comparing the differences between the services in the areas listed below. This needs to be presented in a table format, and must include information on each ambulance service AND a comparison between the two services.

You must include the following information:

  • Clinical structure of each service, including all clinical levels from volunteer first responder through to the highest level clinician within each service. Please note that some international services may have emergency specialist doctors responding as well as paramedics.
  • Mandatory requirements to apply for graduate employment, for example manual drivers licence.
  • Any assessments required by the service during the employment application process, for example psychometric assessment.
  • Any induction training and graduate internships that will be undertaken upon employment in the ambulance service.
  • Any national registration requirements of each service.

Please make sure your information is current.

The information is to be submitted in your own words – cut and paste from organisational websites is not acceptable. This must be a comparison between the services’ requirements and not just a list of what is required by each service.


TASK TWO – Being a paramedic can take its toll on your health and wellbeing if you do not acknowledge and address the risks. Fortunately you can help yourself by planning ahead and understanding how best to manage some of the issues you may face. Now that you have compared the QAS with your other service of choice it is time to plan how you will manage your life as an out-of-hospital provider.

You need to discuss all of the following topics found below. Each topic must be 150 words (10% either way accepted) and each topic MUST include at least 1 piece of research to solidify your discussion. Wikipedia is not accepted as evidence. Referencing must be APA style.

Here are the topics:

  • How will you maintain physical fitness?
  • How will you manage sleep as a shift worker?
  • How will you take care of your eating habits and diet?
  • How will you ensure you have a work-life balance?
  • How will you manage your stress levels?

You are required to include in your submission a reference list formatted in the APA style. It is recommended that you do your reference list manually using the APA guide from CQU Library and do not use Endnote or similar programs as these lead to frequent errors for inexperienced users.


Students are reminded to attain a passing grade in this unit you are required to attain a mark of at least 50% for each assessment item.



Assessment Due Date Due date in week 6: Friday the 21st of April 2017 at 23:55 Qld time.
Return Date to Students Two weeks post due date.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Marks HD D C P F
TASK ONE PART 1 An organised submission covering all aspects of the chosen Ambulance service and Queensland Ambulance Service including:
  • Clinical structure of each service (all levels of paramedics that treat patients in each service)
  • Additional graduate training or internships that will be undertaken once employed following graduation from university
  • Registration requirements of each service
  • Mandatory requirements for application eg. Driver’s License, Visa requirements, Health requirements, etc
  • Assessments that need to be undertaken to gain employment
/15 Submission covers all identified areas with no errors. Submission covers all identified areas with 1 -2 errors or omissions. Submission covers all identified areas with 3-4 errors or omissions. Submission covers all identified areas with 4-5 errors or omissions. Submission does not cover identified areas or has more than 5 errors or omissions.
TASK ONE PART 2 An in depth comparison between the two services is provided. /10 Submission includes a complete comparison between ambulance services in all identified areas. Submission includes a complete comparison between ambulance services in 4 identified areas or has an incomplete comparison in all identified areas. Submission includes a complete comparison between ambulance services in 3 identified areas or has an incomplete comparison in 4 identified areas. Submission includes a complete comparison between ambulance services in 1 – 2 identified areas or has an incomplete comparison in 3 identified areas. Submission does not include a comparison between ambulance services or has an incomplete comparison in 1 – 2 identified areas.
TASK TWO An organized submission covering all identified areas of health management: · How will you maintain physical fitness? · How will you manage sleep as a shift worker? · How will you take care of your eating habits and diet? · How will you ensure you have a work-life balance? · How will you manage your stress levels? /20 Submission completely covers all identified areas with at least 1 piece of supporting research per topic. Submission completely covers 4 identified areas with at least 1 piece of supporting research per topic OR submission completely covers all identified areas with missing supporting research. Submission completely covers 3 identified areas with at least 1 piece of supporting research per topic OR submission incompletely covers 4 identified areas with missing supporting research. Submission completely covers 1-2 identified areas with at least 1 piece of supporting research per topic OR submission incompletely covers 3 identified areas with missing supporting research. Submission does not cover identified areas OR completely covers 1 – 2 identified areas with missing supporting research.
References /5 All material has been accurately referenced in APA format. Some referencing has been done correctly, but some errors. Material unreferenced or inappropriately referenced.
Total /50
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Written submissions must be in a word document or a PDF and uploaded through the moodle page.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse the differences between Ambulance Services within Australia and Internationally.

2. Discuss the potential health impacts of emergency work on Paramedics.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Word limit: 1500 Words. APA referencing required for this assessment. PDF or word document accepted.

Assessment Statement

The role of a paramedic is multi-faceted and highly regulated. At times you will be called to very complex cases that require a solid knowledge of procedural as well as clinical policies and guidelines. This assessment covers a number of areas that require you to research appropriate policy and procedure to ensure accuracy of your submission. For the purpose of this assessment you will use Queensland legislation and policy.


Assessment Scenario Outline

You work in a rural community with your Officer-In-Charge (OIC). At 2000 hours on a rainy night you are dispatched Code 1 to a vehicle accident approx. 50 kms away from station, nearby a close-knit Aboriginal community. Your OIC is a long-serving officer who has little respect for the rules and regulations that the “brass in Brisbane” has imposed on paramedics.

En-route to the scene your partner drives at 140km/hr and above on a dirt road, saying there is no need to worry about speed limits in the bush – “There is no traffic out here” – and besides the ambulance service is exempt from the road rules. You notice that there is significant water on the road and the rain is getting heavier as you proceed to scene. The speed limit in this area is 100km/hr.

As you arrive on scene your partner parks on the road near the damaged vehicle, leaving the headlights on but dimmed. He also leaves all the emergency lights illuminated. Your partner tells you he knows these people really well and there is no need for any gloves or anything as these people don’t have any health problems.

As you approach the scene you find a vehicle (pictured) that has rolled leaving the vehicle with major damage. You see the car on the shoulder of the opposite side of the road, with 2 wheels on the road and 2 wheels on the dirt. You are waved down by a male person who directs you to a 15 year old indigenous female trapped in the badly damaged vehicle. She has obvious fractures to her legs and multiple abrasions. She is very upset and is hesitant to speak to you. The male person states that he was driving the vehicle when he lost control, and that it rolled multiple times, trapping the female in the vehicle. The male person is acting aggressively and smells strongly of alcoholic drinks.

As you are assessing the scene the patients’ Grandmother and Aunty arrive on scene. They are very anxious to speak with the female patient, and are upset that you are speaking with the patient on her own. The family members are questioning you whilst you attempt to treat the patient, and demand to be involved in the treatment of the patient and decisions to be made.


Assessment Requirements

This task has four components that must be completed.

  • What cultural considerations should you to be aware of in this case when assessing the Indigenous patient and interacting with her family?

  • The male person on-scene is complaining of abdominal pain but refuses any treatment or transport against your advice. He has obvious bruising to his abdomen consistent with a seatbelt injury. Using Queensland Ambulance Service protocols as a guide, discuss what steps you would need to take to ensure that you have met your duty of care and that the patient is giving a valid refusal. What information should you document in your patient care records?

  • Referring to the image above, please identify at least 8 workplace health and safety issues present on this scene.

  • Regarding the violence risk of the aggressive male patient, discuss how you might eliminate or reduce the risk and what impact that may have on your patient treatment. Your plan should include new equipment/training that is NOT currently available to QAS paramedics. You must provide evidence of at least 3 current sources of research that support your idea.

  • What legislations and policies has the OIC breached and what are the possible risks and consequences of these breaches?

Students are reminded to attain a passing grade in this course you are required to attain a mark of at least 50% for each assessment item.

Assessment Due Date Due date in week 12: Friday the 2nd of June 2017 at 23:55 Qld Time
Return Date to Students Two weeks post due date
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Task 1:

  • Identifies relevant government legislation and ambulance service policy.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of how policy affects frontline paramedic activities.

Task 2a:

  • Identifies workplace health and safety (WH&S) issues relevant to paramedic practice.

Task 2b:

  • Logical and practical solutions to WH&S issues.
  • Research findings appropriately included in discussion and solution.

Task 3:

  • Identifies and applies relevant policies & procedures.
  • Uses logical rationale and appropriate procedures in determining validity of refusal of care.
  • Correctly applies documentation requirements regarding consent and refusal of care.

Task 4:

  • Identifies relevant cultural considerations and applies to the prehospital context.
  • Demonstrates logical rationale and justification of decisions relating to culturally sensitive prehospital care.

Referencing:

  • Correctly referenced using the APA system.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% - Students are reminded to attain a passing grade in this course you are required to attain a mark of at least 50% for each assessment item.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Written submissions must be in a word document or a PDF and uploaded through the moodle page.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Discuss the potential health impacts of emergency work on Paramedics.

3. Explain the legal and ethical obligations of Paramedic practice.

4. Show consideration for Indigenous health and cultural impacts on Paramedic practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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