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ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment
Principles of Cardiac Assessment
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General Information


An understanding of the concepts of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic cardiovascular procedures is necessary in the field of echocardiography. In this unit you will be introduced to colour and spectral Doppler echocardiographic assessment techniques. You will analyse echocardiographic measurements to assess systolic and diastolic function and perform haemodynamic calculations. You will compare and contrast cardiac pressures derived using echocardiography to those obtained using cardiac catheterisation. You will apply your knowledge to a variety of cardiovascular pathologies and case studies. You will formulate differential diagnoses and consider patient management strategies within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will perform the standard echocardiographic protocol, with colour and spectral Doppler, in the simulated laboratory environment demonstrating professional behaviour and reflective practice. Attendance is required at practical activities.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ECHO12006 Cardiac Science ANDMEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

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 - 2022


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).

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: 40%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Performance
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. Online Test
Weighting: 60%

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 Teaching Evaluations, Moodle Verbal


Assessment feedback for online quizzes and tests was considered inadequate by some students.


Live tutorial discussions, forum posts and personalised emails addressing areas of poor performance will be strengthened’.

Feedback from Student Unit Teaching Evaluations, Moodle


Students noted differences in expectations and explanations between tutors and staff members in scanning sessions


Students will be reminded that exposure to differing teaching styles is beneficial and similar to clinical experience. To promote a more synonymous delivery, casual tutors will be more thoroughly briefed prior to lab delivery, and a TEAMS site will be established to centralise point of contact with staff members and document guidance for reflection as required.

Feedback from Student Unit Teaching Evaluations, Moodle


Students were dissatisfied with random patient model allocation during assessment sessions, particularly when they were allocated a peer they had not scanned prior.


Students will be reminded that the assessment scanning schedule generated is a random draw. Students will be encouraged through forum posts via Moodle, to not always scan and pair up with the same person during the unmanned practise sessions. They will also be encouraged to partner with peers from the other scanning day. To ensure equity in marking, peer moderation of final assessment will and does occur.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Contrast the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic assessment process and patient management strategy for a variety of cardiovascular disease processes
  2. Perform, analyse and contrast haemodynamic calculations on cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses
  3. Perform the standard echocardiographic protocol with colour and spectral Doppler
  4. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice
  5. Apply constructive feedback to professional practice improvement.

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) - 40%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Performance - 0%
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
5 - Online Test - 60%

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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Performance - 0%
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
5 - Online Test - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



A Sonographer's Guide to the Assessment of Heart Disease

Edition: First (2016)
Authors: Bonita Anderson
Echotext Pty Ltd
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-9923222-0-5
Binding: Hardcover

Basic to Advanced Clinical Echocardiography. A Self Assessment Tool for the Cardiac Sonographer.

Edition: 1st (2020)
Authors: Bonita Anderson, Margaret Park
Wolters Kluwer
United States
ISBN: 9781975136253
Binding: Paperback

Echocardiography: The Normal Examination and Echocardiographic Measurements

Edition: Third (2017)
Authors: Bonita Anderson
Echotext Pty Ltd
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-9923222-1-2
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

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