APS501 Advanced Cardiac Care (8)

This subject provides students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of cardiac conditions as applicable to intensive care paramedics. The subject reviews cardiac anatomy, physiology and pharmacology as applicable to advanced cardiac care. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a high level of understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiac conditions. Evidence based theories of cardiac management strategies will be used to develop students' skills in leadership and management.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS501. 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

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to evaluate the pathophysiology and aetiology (characteristics and consequences) of acute cardiovascular emergencies to the management of cardiac care in the paramedic setting.
  • Be able to critically analyse the current management guidelines of cardiovascular emergencies and develop evidence based treatment plans at an advanced critical care level.
  • Be able to identify, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources (e.g. point of care) to inform decision making about clinical care.
  • Be able to demonstrate safe and competent management and advanced critical care skills for cardiac arrests of non-traumatic origin in accordance with evidence based practice and current guidelines .
  • Be able to explain theories of leadership in cardiac care and demonstrate autonomy, judgement and accountability.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Cardiovascular conditions.
  • Electrocardiography interpretation.
  • Identification of cardiovascular conditions.
  • Management of cardiovascular conditions.
  • Cardiac Arrest.
  • Leadership theories in cardiac management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS501 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Case study and annotated guideline 1
Case study and annotated guideline 2
Fortnightly forum contributions to discussions

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.