Courses & Units

Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Out of Hospital Practice CAA500


This unit draws together theoretical and clinical concepts related to legal and ethical responsibilities, quality and safety measures, advanced diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making based on knowledge and evidence, in the care of individuals in a variety of settings. This course enables the development of critical thinking and analysis through evidence-based practice. The student will incorporate previously acquired knowledge and skills in patient assessment, decision making and team communication to enable the delivery of safe and effective care in a variety of out of hospital settings. Clinical decision making theory and advanced diagnostic reasoning and judgement are examined in relation to providing quality health care to patients that avoids adverse events and patient harm.


Unit name Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Out of Hospital Practice
Unit code CAA500
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Paramedicine
Discipline Paramedicine
Coordinator Mr Chris Mullen
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and justify a range of illness scripts appropriate to out of hospital practice
  • Discuss common clinical reasoning models, their strengths and weaknesses and how they inform decision making in clinical practice.
  • Justify and demonstrate the process of and limitation to clinical reasoning, using appropriate clinical decision making models
  • Reflect and evaluate on own practice against principles of evidence-based practice; best evidence, clinician expertise and the interconnection and collaboration with patients, and their impacts on safety, quality of care, patient experience and clinical outcomes

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069905 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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Teaching Pattern

6hrs weekly individual study including online learning materials.

AssessmentOnline quizzes (10%)|Critical analysis of clinical practice (15%)|Online presentation (30%)|Portfolio (45%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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