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PMC2202 Paramedic Skills 4

Semester 2, 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: PMC2102
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2201
OR (from 2023)
Pre-requisite: PMC2102
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2201 and PMC2211


Paramedic Skills 4 will extend the knowledge and skills students have acquired in Paramedic Skills 1, 2, and 3. Content in this course addresses the knowledge and skills practicing paramedics require to be efficient in managing adverse situations and emergencies. Skills acquired in this course are integral to the delivery of professional paramedic practice.

The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the accrediting organisation/s (where relevant).

The course is designed to offer students a comprehensive educational and skill development experience. A key emphasis of this course is to further expand communication skills to include communicating with people experiencing adverse conditions such as agitation. Paramedic Skills 4 also includes skill development in musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological injuries and emergencies.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological assessments including accurate history taking;
  2. Integrate knowledge, practical skills and problem-solving in the evidence-based management of individuals with musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological related injuries;
  3. Examine effective communication techniques used with individuals, family members, healthcare professionals and other professionals;
  4. Complete high-quality clinical reports and documentation;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to calculate accurate drug dosages.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Calculate drug doses 10.00
2. Physical assessments:
3. Management of medical, surgical and traumatic emergencies 30.00
4. Evidence based practice and medical, surgical and traumatic emergencies 20.00
5. Effective communication skills used in emergency situations 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Queensland Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines (2015).
Talley, N. J., & O’Connor, S. (2017). Talley and O'Connor's Clinical Examination, 8th ed. 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 1,3
Assignments Oral Viva voce No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 2 July 2022