PMSC20001 - Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce you to advanced clinical assessment, combining the skills of clinical history taking with those for physical examination. You will synthesize clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context. You will be able to formulate an appropriate clinical management plan to treat the critically ill or injured and employ reflective practice principles to effectively revise ongoing management plans as required. You will also develop leadership skills as a Critical Care Paramedic within a clinical team environment.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
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
  • Distance

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 Postgraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Portfolio 40%

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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You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • 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
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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
Guest lecturer PPTs were considered more dry and were more difficult to follow then other content areas. Course Evaluation Survey Continual review of course content and revision of guest lectures that were added this year.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment, including history taking and physical examination.
  2. Synthesize clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context.
  3. Formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on clinical assessment findings, underpinning knowledge and evidence based medicine.
  4. Engage reflective practice principles to revise ongoing management of the critical care patient.
  5. Develop leadership skills as a Critical Care Paramedic within a clinical team environment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge  
2. Communication    
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research      
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio

Prescribed Textbooks

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine
Author/s: Cameron,P Year: 2015
Edition: Publisher: Elsevier
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
Clinical Examination - A systematic guide to physical diagnosis
Author/s: Talley, N & O'Connor, S Year: 2014
Edition: Edition 7 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:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNatalee Williams-Claassen (n.williams-claassen@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

Module 1: Neurology

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 8

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1: Neurology

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 2: Cardiovascular

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 5

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 2: Cardiovascular

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 3: Respiratory

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 6

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Self-study period

Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 3: Respiratory

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 4: Acid-Base Balances

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 12

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 2.6

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 5: Sepsis

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 2.5

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 6: Endocrine

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 11

Presentation Due Monday (08 May 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 7: Abdominal and Genitourinary

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 7

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 10

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 8: Toxicology

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, Section 29 and 30

Online Quiz Due Monday (22 May 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Review

Portfolio Due Monday (29 May 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

No Exam

Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz
Task Description

You will complete one (1) online quiz. The quiz will consist of multiple choice questions exploring content included in the unit (such as but not limited to, lecture materials, online modules, links & required readings).

Multiple choice questions will be based upon information provided throughout this unit.

Content for the quiz is based on previous weeks’ topics (as detailed in the schedule) and will test your ability to articulate what is required in the undertaking of a comprehensive clinical assessment, including history taking and physical examination and synthesizing clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context.

Quiz will be available on the 15th May 0800 AEST and is due on the 22nd May 2017 1200 AEST

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 5th June 2017
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The quiz is worth 20%. Marks are awarded if the multiple choice question is answered correctly and the total marks are tallied after the quiz have been attempted.

The quiz is open-book, so the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines, book chapters and journal articles etc. are allowed.

There will be a specific time limit imposed to complete the quiz.

In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after the due date, and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty of five percent per day.

Non-attempts will score a zero mark. There will be no negative marking (that is, you will not lose a mark for an incorrect response). The quiz may not be reattempted. This is an individual assessment piece, collaboration with other students is not allowed and would result in disciplinary action.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Submission Online

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

1. Undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment, including history taking and physical examination.

2. Synthesize clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context.

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

You will need to create a PowerPoint case presentation of patient who was assessed and treated during your experience as a paramedic and who required or received prehospital management at a CCP level.

Your presentation must include the following information:

· Brief introduction to the case.

· The clinical assessment findings of the case.

· The Clinical Management Plan (CMP) that was implemented.

· Reflect on the management provided to this patient.

· Discuss the assessment and a revised CMP for this patient at a CCP level, including ongoing management, justified by the inclusion of the evidence based medicine.

· Identify the leadership skills required to treat this patient at a CCP level and reflect on leadership traits that were demonstrated in the management of this patient.

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The presentation will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page. The following criteria are key points to be included:

  • The presentation should be in a PowerPoint format.
  • Recorded narration is required and you can use the Notes section to detail your thinking.
  • The presentation must address each of the main topic tasks as detailed in the task description.
  • Avoid superficial points or comments.
  • As this is a presentation, you should include images where appropriate, but these must be referenced.

The presentation has no specified length in regards to the amount of slides used but the recorded presentation should be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes to a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes in length.

This presentation is worth 40% of your overall unit mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

3. Formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on clinical assessment findings, underpinning knowledge and evidence based medicine.

4. Engage reflective practice principles to revise ongoing management of the critical care patient.

5. Develop leadership skills as a Critical Care Paramedic within a clinical team environment.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

You will need to complete a clinical portfolio of a minimum of three (3) patients, who were assessed and treated during your recent experience as a paramedic. The format of your portfolio can be self-determined, however it must include:

· The patient’s clinical presentation, history, assessment and clinical findings

· Deliberation on the possible differential diagnoses for the patient.

· Examination of the connection between the patient’s clinical presentation and assessment findings with the pathophysiology of the most likely definitive diagnosis.

· Reflection on the Clinical Management Plan used in the treatment of this patient

· Discussion and reflection on what further assessment and management could have been undertaken at a Critical Care level and the leadership skills that would have been required of a CCP in the treatment of this patient.

· All medical practice is that is discussed at a CCP level must be justified with presented evidence.


Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 12 June 2017
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

While there is no maximum word limit for your portfolio, there is a minimum word count of 1500 words per case. The portfolio will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page.

This portfolio is worth 40% of your overall unit mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment, including history taking and physical examination.

2. Synthesize clinical information while integrating underpinning knowledge of common pathologies and pathophysiology in the critical care context.

3. Formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on clinical assessment findings, underpinning knowledge and evidence based medicine.

4. Engage reflective practice principles to revise ongoing management of the critical care patient.

5. Develop leadership skills as a Critical Care Paramedic within a clinical team environment.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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