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PMC2102 Paramedic Skills 3

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 : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Lee Masher-Kolbee


Pre-requisite: PMC1202
OR (from 2023)
Pre-requisite: PMC1202
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2111 and PMC2112


The community have an ongoing expectation that a paramedic will consistently deliver a high-quality professional service. To that end, this course focuses on the practical application of the knowledge acquired in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions and Emergencies. As paramedics often work in challenging environments, the practical skills learnt in this course are integral to safe and effective paramedic practice.

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).

This course is designed to offer students a comprehensive educational experience. While the core theory is covered in associated second year courses, the focus of this course is to consolidate knowledge through the practical application of concepts, guidelines, procedures and protocols. Furthermore, this course progressively builds on the foundational skills learned in first year.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Explain the significance of undertaking accurate respiratory and cardiac physical assessments
  2. Demonstrate effective management of people experiencing cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  3. Apply a systematic approach to interpret 12 lead ECGs and problem-solving skills required in advanced cardiac life support
  4. Identify clinical reasoning principles associated with the effective management of people experiencing cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  5. Determine the principles and legal protocol associated with sedating individuals
  6. Perform appropriate skills in the management of complex airways following sedation
  7. Demonstrate effective communication required when managing clients.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Physical assessments and history taking:
• Cardiovascular
• Respiratory
2. Cardiac and respiratory emergencies.
Advanced Life Support
Interpretation of 12 lead ECGs
3. Drug calculations 10.00
4. Effective communication strategies associated with cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies 10.00
5. Clinical reasoning and decision making in cardiac and respiratory emergencies 10.00
6. Behavioural Emergencies (Mental health, organic, toxicological) 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Garcia, T. B. (2015). 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation, 2nd edn.
Gregory, P., & Mursell, I. (2010). Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures. Wiley-Blackwell: UK.
Talley, N. J., & O’Connor, S. (2017). Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination (8th edn.) 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 Creative Recorded/rendered work No 50 1,4
Assignments Oral Viva voce No 50 2,3,4,5,6,7
Date printed 2 July 2022