BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science (8)


In this subject students will integrate the principles of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychology and sociology with assessment findings and patient histories to formulate a differential diagnosis and implement a treatment plan for the patient with trauma, environmental or a toxicological emergency. This subject will investigate disease processes in all age ranges, including paediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. Internal students will demonstrate patient assessment, paramedic skills, judgement, communication, and decision making in the high-fidelity patient simulation environment. Distance education students must be engaged in paramedic clinical practice and be able to apply and reflect upon their experiences assessing and treating patients in the field.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS327
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
CLS201 and CLS202FPS201 FPS202 FPS300 FPS301

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to integrate the theoretical underpinnings of paramedic science with paramedic practice in the simulated and/or clinical environment.
  • Be able to demonstrate correct application of a differential diagnosis and an evidence-based patient care plan to respond to a trauma, environmental, or toxicological emergency.
  • Be able to apply the use of reflective practice and critical thinking to identify opportunities for improving clinical reasoning and patient care.
  • Be able to interpret and respond appropriately to the complex symptoms displayed by patients with traumatic injuries, environmental conditions, or toxicological exposures.
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound ethical and professional disposition including effective communications with patients, bystanders, the paramedic team, and other health care professionals.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Trauma overview, mechanism of injury, patient assessment, airway management, and shock management (10%)
  • Head and facial trauma, spinal trauma, thoracic and abdominal trauma (30%)
  • Soft tissue and musculoskeletal trauma (20%)
  • Environmental conditions (10%)
  • Toxicology - poisoning, overdose and envenomation (30%)


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.