FPS101 Foundations of Paramedical Science 1 (8)

This is a Pre-Hospital Care subject that develops the students' knowledge of human body structure and function, and investigates the interrelationships between organ systems that maintain homeostasis. This subject focuses on the concepts that underpin a) Paramedic-based patient assessment, diagnosis and clinical decision-making processes and, b) specific clinical procedures, pharmacological interventions and treatment protocols used by Ambulance Paramedics in the treatment of patients in the emergency care situation.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Define and correctly use anatomical and physiological terms, and successfully apply these to situations of prehospital care patient assessment, caserecord documentation, and clinical handover at hospital.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of homeostasis, and describe the many physiological processes that maintain this state.
  • Identify, name and describe the structure and function of the various components of the human body including the cell, body tissues, and the various systems that make up the human organism.
  • Apply anatomical and physiological principles to a) Paramedicbased clinical assessment, diagnosis and clinical decisionmaking, and b) clinical procedures, pharmacological interventions and treatment protocols used by Ambulance Paramedics in the emergency situation.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The topics covered are directly relevant to the Pre-Hospital Care environment. Organisation of the human body: -anatomical and medical terminology -the human organism -structure and function of the cell -histology and body tissues Gross anatomy, histology and physiology of the following body systems: Skeletal, Integumentary, Muscular, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Nervous, Endocrine and Digestive Systems. Gross anatomy and physiology of the Special sense organs, Urinary and Reproductive Systems.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.