CLS204 Clinical Placement and Authentic Learning 1 (16)

Students are required to complete authentic learning placements in the healthcare environment. In this subject students will apply knowledge learned from previous subjects to further develop skills, attitudes and values relevant to the delivery of care in the out-of-hospital environment. Students will build upon foundational knowledge and education covered to date. Specific protocols, procedures and pharmacology are detailed in the subject outline and the associated assessment items. Students will be responsible for all costs associated with this work place learning subject.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS204. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), the Bachelor of Paramedicine and Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours).


CLS103 and CLS201

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to carry out intermediate clinical skills under supervision;
  • be able to perform an intermediate patient assessment;
  • be able to identify and reflect on ethical and legal issues that arise on placement; and
  • be able to show sensitivity towards individual and cultural differences by identifying and dealing with areas of potential distress while working with patients in a clinical setting.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Communication and cultural sensitivity;
  • Application of clinical skills;
  • Developing as a professional; and
  • Application of legal and ethical frameworks in a clinical setting.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CLS204 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Placement/sim attandance and engagement
Patient report form
Placement learning reflection

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Authentic learning is a compulsory and important part of the Bachelor of Paramedicine, Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours).

Students will need to complete 150 hours authentic learning with ambulance service providers with varying shifts of 10, 12 and 14 hours. Students will be allocated placement by the WPL team from sites available in NSW. Other state and international ambulance service providers and industry specific sites will offered to students when available. Additionally students will also complete 100 hours authentic learning experiences in a simulation format. The simulation component requires 100 hours simulation across the year and 50% of simulation cases completed in order to be eligible for placement with external providers.

Students will need to demonstrate competency in a variety of different clinical skills and tasks in order to successfully complete this placement.

Set workplace learning times are allocated to students to complete the hours of placement. These set times may run across the year (in all sessions) however remain a Session 2 (60) subject for enrolment purposes. Placement with ambulance service providers are allocated in a four week consecutive duration. Students must attend these allocated times to progress through the course. Refusal of these allocations without an approved special consideration application will result in altering student course progression and potentially delaying expected graduation.

Students need to ensure that they are adequately prepared and meet all WPL pre-requisite and any specific requirements of the host sites. All pre-requisite subjects must be successfully completed prior to undertaking workplace learning.

Special Resources

This subject is a healthcare work place learning subject. Students are required to complete authentic learning placement in the healthcare front line (on road) and simulation environment. Students will be responsible for all costs associated with this work place learning subject.

Students will be allocated to ambulance placement sites to take part in their ambulance front line workplace placement. Students will be required to travel to their placement site, and sites are located primarily in New South Wales with potential allocations available in the ACT, Tasmania and NZ (these will be offered to students on an availability basis). Students will be responsible for meeting simulation requirements and these are offered on site at both Bathurst and Port Macquarie campuses.

Students will need to wear their placement uniform (purchased), helmets (supplied), safety vests (supplied), and safety glasses (purchased) for all frontline and simulation placements. Students will need to provide evidence of appropriate immunisation, first aid certificate, a criminal record clearance and where appropriate, working with children check. All evidence is required to be submitted to the WPL team before students are allocated to placement with external providers.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.