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CRIT5019: Advanced Trauma Management

Semester 2, 2023 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

CRIT5019 builds on the foundations laid in Major Trauma Management. The unit of study is based on real cases, with actual dilemmas and clinical pearls. It will prepare registrars and Fellows for a senior role in a trauma service and is also widely relevant to anyone who sees trauma patients during their daily practice. It explores the surgical, medical, psychosocial, and system-related issues in advanced trauma care. Critical care practitioners assess and manage trauma patients in both the initial stabilisation phase in emergency and during their stay in hospital. CRIT5016 is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the basic concepts of trauma resuscitation and management. It addresses numerous key aspects including trauma systems and epidemiology. Course material covers the identification and management of injuries specific to each organ system and gives an overview of how to treat any trauma patient holistically. For a full year of engagement with trauma, enrol in two 6 credit point units of study CRIT 5016 for semester 1 and CRIT 5019 for semester 2. Over the year you will develop your trauma skills from pre-hospital and basic emergency resuscitation to learning key principles of surgical, intensive care, forensics, and ward-based trauma management. Successful completion of this will lead you to graduate with a Sydney Professional Certificate in Trauma.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CRIT5019
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Christine Bowles,
Tutor(s) Christine Bowles,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task group assignment Action Card Group Presentation
1 x Action Card Group Presentation
30% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Small test Short Answer Questions
1 x small test with 3 short answer questions
30% STUVAC 3 Short Answer Questions.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Online task Code Crimson Introduction Discussion
1 x Introduction Discussion
10% Week 01 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Online task Trauma Team Training Scenario
1 x Trauma Team Training Scenario
20% Week 04 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Small test Multiple Choice Questions
1 x Radiology MCQ
10% Week 10 15 MCQs
Outcomes assessed: LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Code Crimson Introductory Discussion:  Post on the discussion board. Introduce yourself and describe the management of a  critically bleeding trauma patient that you have been involved with.
  • Action Card + Group Presentation:  Students will be divided into teams. Each team member must make an action card for the skill or role that they have been allocated, eg chest drain insertion. The team will give a group presentation explaining their cards.
  • Design a Trauma Sim : Design a trauma team training scenario using the template provided.
  • Graded MCQ: Students will need to complete a Graded MCQ with 15 Online Radiology questions. This MCQ requires students to select the single most correct response. 
  • Graded SAQ: Students will need to complete a Graded SAQ with 3  trauma questions testing all aspects of this unit of study. 

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.

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 Week 1: The Bleeding Trauma Patient Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Week 2: The Bleeding Trauma Patient Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Week 3: The Bleeding Trauma Patient Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Week 4: The Bleeding Trauma Patient Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Week 5: The Geriatric Trauma Patient Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Week 6: The Trauma Patient with Burns Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Week 7: The Trauma Patient who Fell Down the Stairs Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Week 8: The Trauma Patient with a Gunshot Wound Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Week 9: Trauma Radiology Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Week 10: Trauma, Psychiatry and Pain Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Week 11: Traumatic Brain Injury Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Week 12: Spinal Cord Injury Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Week 13:Trauma Leadership Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Please note that there are 3 x check-in webinars for this unit of study. These are informal and not compulsory to attend however these webinars are set to give students the opportunity to openly discuss about the content they’ve learnt and to ask questions based on the content. Dates are provided via the Canvas site.

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. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key elements of timely and optimal management of the patient with critical haemorrhage, with reference to staff, drugs and equipment, environment, and systems
  • LO2. Evaluate and manage common surgical, medical, psychiatric and social issues that may be encountered either in the aetiology, or as a complication, of trauma
  • LO3. Understand how technical and non-technical skills may be applied in various clinical settings
  • LO4. Evaluate the non-clinical functions of the trauma service in enhancing trauma patient 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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