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PMC1105 Fundamentals of Paramedicine

Semester 1, 2022 Online
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 : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Tony Santin


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC


This course will provide students with the opportunity to acquire learn fundamental knowledge required to practice as a Paramedic. This course will introduce students to the culture, concepts, history and development of paramedicine. Completion of this course will enable students to develop the communication and social skills required for the dynamic environment of paramedicine.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to establish foundational knowledge of concepts that are important to the role of paramedics. Students will have the opportunity to examine the history of pre-hospital care, structure and function of ambulance services in Australia and internationally, and the role of paramedics within the healthcare system including the delivery of services to vulnerable people. Additionally, students will determine the importance of infection control through the use of universal precautions and personal protective equipment. Finally, this course will enable students to learn common medical terminology which will assist them to communicate in a professional manner and strengthen their role in the broader healthcare team.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify the role of the paramedic within the broader healthcare team and the delivery of contemporary health care;
  2. Explain the history, development, operational structure and the delivery of contemporary paramedicine from a national and international perspective;
  3. Examine the scope of practice of paramedics with respect to vulnerable people;
  4. Describe the importance of infection control and implementing universal precautions and OH&S requirements;
  5. Apply medical terminology and appropriate communication styles to be used within paramedicine and the broader health care team.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Role of Paramedics in pre-hospital care and the healthcare system 20.00
2. History and culture of paramedicine domestically and internationally 20.00
3. Ambulance Service operations and standards 20.00
4. Paramedicine communication skills and language development 20.00
5. Significance of infection control and universal precautions and meeting OH&S requirements 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Curtis, K. & Ramsden, C 2015, Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics, Australian/New Zealand 2nd edn, Mosby Elsevier.
Gregory, P & Mursell, I 2010, Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures, Wiley Blackwell.

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 10 1,2,5
Assignments Written Case Study No 40 3,4,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022