CQUniversity Unit Profile
ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function
Cardiac Structure and Function
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General Information

Overview

Accurate assessment of cardiac function requires comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, embryology, and physiology of the heart, lungs and surrounding structures. You will develop familiarity with the spatial relationship of thoracic structures and the heart. This unit exposes you to data acquired from multiple imaging modalities, including angiography, electrocardiograms (ECG), and echocardiography. You will explore normal ECG complexes, learn how a standard 12-lead ECG is generated, and learn to competently perform a standard 12-lead ECG. Attendance at a residential school is a requirement of this unit.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite Students must be enrolled in CV69 Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology)/Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography ANDCo-requisiteBMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 60%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Students enjoyed the cardiac anatomy and physiology content and interactive delivery of the unit.

Recommendation

Continue to deliver content with an interactive focus.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Students appreciated the format and timing of the online quizzes.

Recommendation

Deliver the assessment with similar format and timing of online quizzes.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Students expressed that embryology content was lacking structure and introductory concepts.

Recommendation

Redevelop embryology content with a clearer structure and a more scaffolded approach.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
  2. Identify anatomical structures on diagrams and medical images of the thorax and cardiovascular system
  3. Describe the embryological development of the cardiovascular system
  4. Explain the formation of an electrocardiogram (ECG) complex, and its representation on a normal 12-lead ECG
  5. Perform a 12-lead ECG.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac
2. European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Core Syllabus
3. American Registry for Cardiac Sonography Core Syllabus

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 60%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 60%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Echocardiography: The Normal Examination and Echocardiographic Measurements 3rd (2017)

Authors: Bonita Anderson
Echotext
AUS
ISBN: 0992322219
Binding: Hardcover
Prescribed

Introduction to the 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation 2nd (2015)

Authors: Tomas Garcia
Jones & Bartlett Learning
Burlington Burlington , MA , USA
ISBN: 9781284040883
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects 9th (2016)

Authors: Keith Moore, T. V. N. Persaud, Mark Torchia
Elsevier
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , USA
ISBN: 9780323313377
Binding: eBook
Supplementary

Pathophysiology of Heart Disease: A Collaborative Project pf Medical Students and Faculty 6th (2015)

Authors: Leonard S. Lilly
Wolters Kluwer Health
Hagerstown Hagerstown , MD , USA
ISBN: 9781451192759
Binding: eBook
Supplementary

The Cardiac Catheterisation Handbook 6th (2015)

Authors: Morton J. Kern,‎ Paul Sorajja,‎ Michael J Lim
Elsevier
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , USA
ISBN: 9780323340397
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

Hard copy books ("12 Lead ECG", "Echocardiography") are available via the CQUniversity Bookshop. The eBooks ("The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook", "Before We Are Born", "Pathophysiology of Heart Disease") are available via the CQUniversity Library and Moodle eReading List.

The books "12 Lead ECG", "Echocardiography" and "The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook" are referenced in subsequent CV69 units.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Vancouver

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kim Prince Unit Coordinator
k.prince@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Cardiac anatomy

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Cardiac physiology

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Respiratory anatomy and physiology

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 1 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 26th of July and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 27th of July.

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Echocardiography

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Electrocardiography 1

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 2 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 9th of August and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 10th of August.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Electrocardiography 2

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Cardiac catheterisation 1

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 3 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 30th of August and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 31st of August.

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Cardiac catheterisation 2

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Embryology 1

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 4 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 13th of September and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 14th of September.

ECG Practical Assessment (Pass/Fail) scheduled during the mandatory residential school in Week 9 on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of September.

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Embryology 1

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Embryology 3

Chapter

See eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Test (40 %) scheduled during the university Standard Exam block. Details on ECHO12006 Moodle.

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

The Unit Coordinator for ECHO11002 is Ashley Spermon. The best method to contact the Unit Coordinator is by email (a.spermon@cqu.edu.au). Please put the unit code ECHO11002 and your name in the subject title to expedite a reply to your email. Course delivery and laboratory commitments for university staff are ongoing, therefore it is best to email and request a scheduled meeting (telephone, Zoom, office) if required.

The first point of contact is the ECHO11002 Q&A forum. Prioritising the Moodle forums allows the entire ECHO11002 cohort to benefit from questions and answers. All Moodle forums are monitored and responses will be provided in a timely manner. If your query is personal, please email the Unit Coordinator. Students are encouraged to review the CQUniversity Student Charter and apply appropriate conduct in-person and on-line.

ECHO11002 consists of weekly lectures (recorded), readings, tutorials (live), and a mandatory residential school. Lectures, readings, and tutorial details are posted on the ECHO11002 Moodle. The mandatory residential school must be attended at your campus of enrolment in Week 9 on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of September (further details posted on the ECHO11002 Moodle).

ECHO11002 has prescribed textbooks. These textbooks will also be prescrbed in subsequent units within CV69. Please review the eReading List before purchasing your hardcopy textbooks.

To give yourself the best chance of success in ECHO11002, please ensure that you review all lectures, attend tutorials, complete readings and participate in all activities that are provided to you. You are expected to spend an average of 12.5 hours each week on ECHO11002 studies.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

The ability to describe cardiac and respiratory anatomy, physiology, and associated diagnostic modalities is crucial in a professional cardiac diagnostic role.


Task Requirements

Respond to a series of questions to demonstrate knowledge of cardiac, respiratory, and associated diagnostic concepts, within the prescribed time frame. Questions are drawn from lectures, readings, and tutorials. The content covered in each Onine Quiz is as follows:

  1. Online Quiz 1 (Week 3): cardiac anatomy and physiology
  2. Online Quiz 2 (Week 5): respiratory and physiology, and echocardiography
  3. Online Quiz 3 (Week 7): electrocardiography
  4. Online Quiz 4 (Week 9): cardiac catheterisation

To successfully complete the Online Quizzes, students must:

  • Access the Online Quizzes via ECHO11002 Moodle between 08:00 am AEST on Monday and 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday of Week 3, 5, 7, and 9;
  • Attempt each Online Quiz only once (Once started, the Online Quiz can not be paused or restated);
  • Submit the responses to complete each Online Quiz (Moodle will automatically close and submit responses once the allocated time has elpased);
  • Prepare personal notes and have a calculator when attempting each Online Quiz;
  • Undertake each Online Quiz as an individual (questions are drawn from a question pool to allow a different experience for each student, with any incidences of academic misconduct to be met with action from the Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching);
  • Notify TASAC and the Unit Coordinator immediately if technical issues arise during any Online Quiz (i.e. email TASAC at tasac@cqu.edu.au with a screen shot of the issue, and Cc the Unit Coordinator at a.spermon@cqu.edu.au); and
  • Undertake each Online Quiz during TASAC operating hours where possible, to expedite the resolution of any technical issues.

In the absence of an approved extension, the Online Quiz can not be completed at a later time.


Number of Quizzes

4


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Online Quiz 1 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 26th of July and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 27th of July; Online Quiz 2 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 9th of August and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 10th of August; Online Quiz 3 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 30th of August and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 31st of August; Online Quiz 4 (15 %) opens at 08:00 am AEST on Monday 13th of September and closes at 08:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 14th of September.


Return Date to Students

Students will receive feedback within two (2) weeks of the closing date of each quiz.


Weighting
60%

Minimum mark or grade
50 %

Assessment Criteria

Grading is based on the student's ability to:

  • Interpret presented data and images;
  • Describe concepts clearly and concisely;
  • Use appropriate terminology and descriptors; and
  • Apply correct spelling and grammar.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Access and submit the Online Quizzes via ECHO11002 Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
  • Identify anatomical structures on diagrams and medical images of the thorax and cardiovascular system
  • Explain the formation of an electrocardiogram (ECG) complex, and its representation on a normal 12-lead ECG


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
ECG Practical Assessment

Task Description

The ability to perform a 12-lead ECG is crucial in a professional cardiac diagnostic role.

Task Requirements

  1. Perform a 12-lead ECG.

To successfully complete the ECG Practical Assessment, students must:

  • Attend the mandatory residential school in Week 9;
  • Practice performing an ECG during the residential school;
  • Attempt the ECG Practical Assessment during the residential school;
  • Perform a 12-lead ECG within 20 minutes;
  • Re-attempt the ECG Practical Assessment once if required; and
  • Pass the ECG Practical Assessment to pass ECHO11002.

In the absence of an approved extension, the ECG Practical Assessment can not be completed at a later time.


Assessment Due Date

The ECG Practical Assessment must be completed during the mandatory residential school in Week 9.


Return Date to Students

Students will receive feedback during the mandatory residential school in Week 9.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
70 %

Assessment Criteria

A detailed rubric is available on ECHO11002 Moodle, with grading based on the student's ability to:

  • Perform appropriate infection control practice and patient care;
  • Recognise superficial anatomical landmarks;
  • Use cardiac diagnostic equipment; and
  • Obtain a 12-lead ECG.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
The ECG Practical Assessment must be completed during the mandatory residential school in Week 9.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform a 12-lead ECG.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Online Test

Assessment Title
Online Test

Task Description

The ability to describe cardiac and respiratory anatomy, physiology, associated diagnostic modalities, and embryology, is crucial in a professional cardiac diagnostic role.


Task Requirements

  1. Respond to a series of questions to demonstrate knowledge of cardiac, respiratory, associated diagnostic concepts, and embryology within the prescribed time frame. Questions are drawn from lectures, readings, tutorials, and the residential school.

To successfully complete the Online Test, students must:

  • Access the Online Test via ECHO11002 Moodle at the assigned time;
  • Attempt the Online Test once (Once started, the Online Test can not be paused or restated);
  • Submit the responses to complete the Online Test (Moodle will automatically close and submit responses once the allocated time has elpased);
  • Prepare personal notes and have a calculator when attempting the Online Test;
  • Undertake the Online Test as an individual (questions are drawn from a question pool to allow a different experience for each student, with any incidences of academic misconduct to be met with action from the Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching);
  • Notify TASAC and the Unit Coordinator immediately if technical issues arise during the Online Test (i.e. email TASAC at tasac@cqu.edu.au with a screen shot of the issue, and Cc the Unit Coordinator at a.spermon@cqu.edu.au); and
  • Undertake the Online Test during TASAC operating hours where possible, to expedite the resolution of any technical issues.
In the absence of an approved extension, the Online Test can not be completed at a later time.


Assessment Due Date

Online Test (40 %) scheduled during the university Standard Exam block.


Return Date to Students

Students will receive feedback within two (2) weeks.


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50 %

Assessment Criteria

Grading is based on the student's ability to:

  • Interpret presented data and images;
  • Describe concepts clearly and concisely;
  • Use appropriate terminology and descriptors; and
  • Apply correct spelling and grammar.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Access and submit the Online Test via ECHO11002 Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
  • Identify anatomical structures on diagrams and medical images of the thorax and cardiovascular system
  • Describe the embryological development of the cardiovascular system


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?