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CRIT5016: Major Trauma Management

Semester 1, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Trauma is a major cause of mortality and morbidly. Critical care practitioners asses and manage trauma patients in both the initial stabilisation phase and during their stay in hospital. This unit is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the basic concepts of trauma resuscitation and management. It addresses numerous key aspects of trauma including trauma systems and epidemiology. It covers the identification and management of injuries specific to each organ system and gives an overview of how to treat the sick trauma patient holistically.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CRIT5016
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Khanh Nguyen,
Tutor(s) Gerard Moynihan,
Nicole Delaat,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Trauma Simulations + Clinical Pearl
Online task
20% Formal exam period 4x 150 words per question
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
Online task Multiple Choice Graded Quiz
Online task
15% Multiple weeks 15 minutes per quiz
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Online task Audio Handover + Trauma Bay Diagram
Online task
15% Week 03 30mins
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Online task Pecha Kucha + MCQ Upload
Online task
25% Week 10 6 minutes 40 seconds
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Online task Debate
Online task
25% Week 13 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1

Assessment summary

Audio Handover: Students will be required to complete an audio handover of a patient from a major trauma.
Trauma Set-up: Students will need to either prepare and photograph a trauma bay in their workplace or sketch a diagram (with labels)
to demonstrate in detail how they would prepare for the arrival of patient involved in a polytrauma. Students are also required to write a
brief description of their chosen equiment and personnel with justifications.
PeerWise: PeerWise allows students to author their own multiple choice questions related to the content they have been
covering. Peers can then answer these questions and provide critique or comments for improvement. This will help to expose
gaps in student knowledge. All comments should be based upon relevant literature, with the use of references as much as
possible, and submitted via PeerWise assignment page.
Trauma Simulations: Students will watch four different trauma simulations. During these simulations, students will be required to
respond to questions posed around key clinical or management decisions with justification.
Pecha Kucha: A Pecha Kucha (PK) is a Japanese story-telling format where a speaker presents 20 slides and discusses each slide for
20 seconds. A total of 6 minutes 40 seconds. Students must prepare a PK on a traumatic injury. No more than two students may
present on the same topic. Topics will be allocated.
Debate: In pairs, students will write a written argument supporting or refuting a controversial practice in trauma management. They will
then help to adjudicate, critique and add to the debates of others.
Reflection: Students must complete a personal reflection on their own trauma experiences. A series of headings will be provided to
structure the reflection.

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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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 (CRIT5016) the late submission penalty will be 5% of the 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 1.1: Trauma as a disease Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1.2: Trauma in perspective Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 2.1: Resuscitation overview Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 2.2: Resuscitation practicalities Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 3.1: Post-resus care Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 3.2: Complications of trauma Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 4.1: Airway and c-spine injuries Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 4.2: Thorax injuries Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 4.3: Circulation injuries Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 4.4: Brain injuries Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 4.5: Exposure and other injuries and procedures Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 5.1: Populations at risk Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 5.2: Trauma types Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Online only. It is expected you will spend about 10 hours per week completing the unit.

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.

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. Understand trauma as a disease
  • LO2. Assess and manage the effects of trauma on various acute case presentations
  • LO3. Identify and discuss management of trauma patients after the initial resuscitation
  • LO4. Apply skills to manage trauma in special circumstances and special populations
  • LO5. Demonstrate effective teamwork including communication, role delegation and effective handover.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Due to student feedback, we have removed Peerwise as seen in 2020, and have replaced the assessment task with graded quizzes. We value your feedback about any aspect of the unit of study and your experience as a student of Sydney Medical School. To help ensure our courses meet your needs and maintain a high standard, we welcome your feedback at any time and we ask you to complete the Mid-Semester Evaluation Survey and the unit of study Evaluation Survey at the end of the semester. You can also rate any component of the unit using our star rating system found at the bottom of many pages as you progress through the unit. Your ratings and comments are anonymous and specifying what you liked and didn’t like about any of the learning materials, assessment items, discussion forums, feedback etc will help us to target our improvement efforts. Please note that your participation in this unit of study permits de-identified information about your learning experience and interaction with learning resources to be used for the purpose of improving the student learning experience.


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