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TM5508 - Diving and Marine Medicine

[Not offered in 2021]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject conducted in association with the Townsville Hospital, presents the basic principles of underwater and hyperbaric medicine. A series of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions highlight the taking of a diving history, performing a diving medical examination, decompression sickness, management of near-drowning, hypothermia, sinus and ear barotrauma, diving equipment, gases, physiology, diving hazards and diving techniques. A hyperbaric unit is located at the Townsville Hospital. Marine hazards such as bites and stings are also covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the principles of diving, marine and hyperbaric medicine in assessing an individual's fitness for diving and hyperbaric exposures;
  • offer advice on the major health risks to which divers are exposed;
  • develop an approach to the management and further investigation of common diving illnesses;
  • describe the scope of diving, marine and hyperbaric medicine, including the areas of current research.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Scenario-based learning activity - (15%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Satisfactorily complete and submit all pieces of assessment; Attend the four (4) day mini-block on campus


Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.