Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will explore a range of end of life issues that may be encountered in their work as paramedics. Students will be required to demonstrate a well-developed adaptive cognitive assessment of the experiences of dying and grieving people, their caregivers, and the responses of Australian health services, the ambulance service in particular. Participants will apply an advanced level of communication with a deeper understanding of the social and cultural contexts surrounding death in ways that will influence their personal development and professional practice.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBruce Rumbold

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Communicate well-developed insightful and adaptive skills about death, dying and grief across various contexts.
02. Critically analyse the literature and transmit analysis related to the end of life knowledge, practices and beliefs.
03. Identify, through critical engagement and reflection, the various contributions informing notions around death and grief.
04. Analyse personal experiences with death, dying and grief to identify factors contributing to professional and personal responses.
05. Apply reflective practice and death literacy skills that take account of individual values and meanings.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBruce Rumbold

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 37 - 41
Five 2.00 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students will be required to attend a 2-hour lecture/seminar once per week during the

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 36
Four 4.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via online.
Online introduction and 3 online modules to be completed by the end of 6th week of the S


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Critical essay of 1,200 words

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Lossography paper (500-word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Reflective journal (1,600-word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Quizzes (1,000-word equivalent in total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO2