Michael Murray

Battalion Chief  Michael Murray

Contact information:


I have been in EMS since 1979 both as a Firefighter and EMT/Paramedic. I worked on ambulances for 30, 16 years in the Central Valley and the rest in Calaveras County. I am currently a volunteer Battalion Chief with MFPD in charge of the EMS Division. I am married and have 4 furry children

EMS157, Section 3399, Fall 2017, Aug.29th – Dec. 14th

EmergencyMedical Responder Course Syllabus


Classmeeting days: Thursdaysform 1800-2100. Room: Oak 9/10 (To complete online assignments &weekly quizzes, login to Canvas: https://gocolumbia.instructure.com/login/canvas)


InstructorInformationName: Michael Murray, MICP, BA

Contact information: The primary method of contact isvia the college email. I will check my messages daily Monday-Friday and replywithin 48 hours.




1.Pocket masks (Includes adult and pediatric masks available in the collegebookstore)

2.Textbook: EMR Complete: A work-text 2nd edition ISBN13: 978-0133517033

3.American Heart Association CPRfor Healthcare Providers online course (cost: $28.50)

4.Internet access (Online help:  http://www.gocolumbia.edu/online_learning/students.php)

5. Activate your free student email:  http://www.yosemite.edu/studentemail/



TheEmergency Medical Responder (EMR) course prepares the student to provide entrylevel prehospital emergency assessment and care for patients with medicaland/or traumatic conditions. This is a face-to-face class, however, there ishomework online to be completed outside of classroom time.

StudentLearning Outcomes:

Student learningoutcomes (SLOs) are statements that specify what students will know, be able todo or demonstrate, when they have completed or participated in aprogram/activity/course/project. SLOs are evidence that the course objectiveswere achieved. The following are the SLOs for EMS 157:

1. FollowingFederal and State prescribed standards; students will possess the necessaryentry level cognitive skills for certification as an Emergency MedicalResponder.

2. FollowingFederal and State prescribed standards; students will possess the necessaryentry level psychomotor skills for certification as an Emergency MedicalResponder.

3. Students willdemonstrate proficiency, to the nationally recognized standard for healthcareproviders, in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated electricaldefibrillation (AED) required to obtain a 2-year certification.


ConfidentialAcademic Accommodations: Students with a disability documented by an appropriate healthcareprovider who wish to arrange academic accommodations should notify theinstructor and contact DSP&S (588-5130, Manzanita 18-3) assoon as possible so that reasonable accommodations may be arranged. Studentsfor whom English is a second language are also eligible for these freeservices.

Work to be completed outside of class: Reading, study, completionof work-textbook, weekly online quizzes, and one online test, and online CPRcourse. You are expected to read assigned chapters prior to class discussionand lecture.

Recommended study time for this course isnine hours per week.



OnlineTests:                              310points

CPR:                                            50points

SkillsFinal                                  60 points

Writtenfinal:                               100points

Participation/Attendance:             95.5 points

Tests 1 and2                                60 points

                                                   675.5 points

Participation/Attendancepoints are calculated as:

1 ? hoursper chapter (reading chapters, Powerpoints, Quizzes)

? hour foreach of the Tests

2 ? hoursper class attended.

90 hourspossible total.

You must have 70 hours in attendancepoints to pass the class.



A=90-100%  (607-675.5 pts)

B= 80-89% (540-606 pts

C= 70-79%(506-539 pts, receive cert. 472-505-C

D= 60-69%



{(Requiredas prerequisite for EMT course)

 (75% minimum required for course completioncertificate)






 70 hours of instruction is required; thisincludes attendance, online CPR, discussion assignments, and in-classparticipation. It does NOT include reading, study time, or taking the quizzesoutside of the classroom. You are expected to attend all class sessions; if youmiss more than two classes you will be ineligible for a course completioncertificate.

     Wear clothing in which you can comfortablypractice skills. Wear closed-toe shoes. Be free of scented cologne, lotions,etc. as these products can cause severe allergic reactions in susceptiblepeople. Do not use tobacco products during class. Turn off electronic devicesduring class. Please arrive on time; be well rested and ready to learn.Practice using a positive, supportive and motivated attitude that you wouldexpect of a healthcare professional.

Course Schedule

Week 1- Aug31

            Course Introduction

            Begin skills practice


Homework:     Read chapters:

                    1. EMS systems  

                     2. Workforce Safety and Wellness

                                             3. Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

.                                        4.Medical Terminology

View lecture, then complete exercisesin text and quizzes for the above chapters.


Week 2- Sept7

            Quiz/Chapter review

            Skills practice

Homework:Read chapters:

                                              5. Anatomy and Physiology

                                              6. Life Span Development

                                              7. Airway


        View lecture, then complete exercisesin text and quizzes for the above chapters.



Week 3- Sept14 

Homework:Read chapters:

                                          9.Patient Assessment: Scene Size-Up

                                        10:Patient Assessment: The Primary Assessment

                                        11:Patient Assessment: History and Vital Signs

                                        12:Patient Assessment: Secondary Assessment                                      

       View lecture, then complete exercises intext and quizzes for the above chapters.



Week 4- Sept21

Homework:Read chapters

                                           8. CardiacResuscitation and Defibrillation                           View lecture, thencomplete the exercises in text & quiz for the chapter.


            Skills practice: CPR

Testingfor CPR (bring pocket mask)



Week 5- Sept28

Homework:Read chapter:

                                       13:Communication and Documentation

                                       14:Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies

                                         15: Altered Mental Status

                             16: Medical Emergencies

View lecture,then complete exercises in text and quizzes for the above chapters.





Week 6- Oct5

 Homework: Read chapters:

                                           17: Overview of Trauma and TraumaSystems

                                           18: Bleeding and Shock

                                           19: Chest and Abdominal Emergencies

                                       20: SoftTissue Injuries    

 View lecture, then complete exercises in textand quizzes for the above chapters.

Test 1 covering Chapters 1-16      


Week 7- Oct12


Homework:Read chapters:

                                    21:Injuries to Head and Spine

                                     22: MusculoskeletalInjuries


View lecture, then complete exercisesin text and quizzes for the above chapters.

Test 1 covering Chapters 1-16





Week 8- Oct19

Homework:Read chapters:

                                    24:Obstetrics and Neonatal Care  

                                    25:Pediatric Emergencies                                                                                                                          

                                        26: Geriatric Patients

View lecture, then complete exercisesin text and quizzes for the above chapters.



Week 9- Oct26

Homework:Read chapters:

                                      23: Environmental Emergencies

                                  27: SpecialPopulations and Situations                                  

                                     28: Operations                                                                                                      View lecture, then complete exercises in text and quizzes for the abovechapters.



Week 10-Nov2  

Homework:Read chapters:                                   

                                   29: IncidentManagement

                                   30: SpecialOperations

                                   31:Terrorism and Natural Disasters                                 

Viewlecture, then complete exercises in text and quizzes for the above chapter.





Week 11- Nov9

Test 2covering Chapters 17-31



Week 12- Nov16



Week 13- Nov23



Week 14-Nov30

Written Final



Week 15-Dec7

            Skills Testing  Dec 14


Week 16-Apr27

            Skills Testing

*For a description ofthe online skills needed for thisclass read the “

Online SkillsInformation” in your college email, the Blackboard classroom, or the followinglink: onlineskills information


*Resource links for online classes:

Columbia College online resources: http://www.gocolumbia.edu/online_learning/students.php


For the help desk: http://studenthelpdesk.yosemite.edu/default.htm


The following link has tutorials for Blackboard9.1: http://ondemand.blackboard.com/students.htm