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CRIT5014: Resource Limited Critical Care

Semester 1, 2020 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Critical care practitioners in Australia often volunteer or are involved in crisis responses, educational interventions or providing clinical care for patients in low or middle income countries. This unit of study examines appropriate health care interventions (clinical care, education and research) in these resource limited settings. Experienced critical care practitioners working in Australia, Asia- Pacific and African regions will guide students understanding of the ethical, logistical, clinical, educational and research challenges of working in these environments.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CRIT5014
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

This unit of study is only available to medical graduates.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Megan Cox,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Essay
30% Formal exam period 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Online discussion - situational judgement exercises
Online discussion
30% Multiple weeks 300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Webinar or reflection piece
Webinar, Written task
0% Multiple weeks 1 hour, 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO6
Assignment Scenario based SAQs
Short answer questions
40% Multiple weeks 750 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Online discussion - situational judgement exercises: The online discussions are situational judgement exercises based on scenarios that you may encounter in resource-limited settings. You are expected to read the scenario and answer the questions in a comment on the discussion board. Once you make your initial comment, you will be able to view comments from your peers. You are expected to respond to at least two of your peers' comments.
  • Webinar or reflection piece: You will be given an option of attending a webinar or writing a short reflective piece about what you have learnt and its impact on your idea of global health.
  • SAQs (Short answer questions): The SAQs are designed to help you synthesise and apply the knowledge you have gained in completing the modules. There are three SAQs during the semester.
  • Essay: You will be provided with a list of possible topics for your essay. These topics have been designed for you to synthesise the knowledge from across the modules in this unit of study.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note, for this unit of study (CRIT5014) maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date for 5 calendar days only. This is to ensure that timely feedback is provided to students. If the assessment is submitted more than 5 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1: What, where, why and how to prepare Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1: What, where, why and how to prepare Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 1: What, where, why and how to prepare Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 1: What, where, why and how to prepare Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 1: What, where, why and how to prepare Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 2: Common critical care clinical issues in resource limited settings Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 2: Common critical care clinical issues in resource limited settings Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 2: Common critical care clinical issues in resource limited settings Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 2: Common critical care clinical issues in resource limited settings Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 2: Common critical care clinical issues in resource limited settings Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 3: International critical care - education, research and advocacy Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 3: International critical care - education, research and advocacy Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 3: International critical care - education, research and advocacy Online class (10 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There are no textbooks for this unit of study.

Each module has required readings, audio recordings, videos as well as other suggested readings and presentations at the end of the talks for those interested in extending their knowledge in particular areas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe different types of emergency and critical care international opportunities and projects
  • LO2. Discuss health workforce and workplace issues in resource limited settings and acknowledge and appreciate cultural issues
  • LO3. Address preparation and logistical issues about working in resource limited environments, including personal, health, family, financial and security concerns
  • LO4. Introduce and discuss key clinical issues pertinent to resource limited critical care
  • LO5. Explore some of the common professional, ethical, and cultural challenges in clinical emergency scenarios
  • LO6. Reflect on topics regarding education, research and advocacy in resource limited critical care.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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