CQUniversity Unit Profile
ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills 2
Cardiac Assessment Skills 2
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 30-03-20

The in-class test(s)  have now been changed to an alternate form of assessment.  Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

This unit builds upon the knowledge and skills required in Cardiac Assessment 1. You will advance your study of the principles of cardiac rhythm management, 12-Lead electrocardiogram interpretation, cardiac catheterisation procedures, and be exposed to a variety of other cardiac testing modalities including MRI, CT and nuclear medicine. You will compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of these procedures. You will explore the role of pharmacotherapy during interventional procedures. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to discuss common management strategies associated with a variety of common cardiovascular pathologies, within the setting of best practice and patient safety.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:ECHO12003  Principles of Cardiac AssessmentANDECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1 ANDECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 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 1 - 2020

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

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

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. In-class Test(s)
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 Unit evaluation

Feedback

Students suggested the provision of smaller assessment tasks spread throughout term would better support learning.

Recommendation

The assessment format will be reviewed.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Some students were unable to make a connection between some of the content and cardiac sonographer scope of practice

Recommendation

Lecture content will be revised.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Assessement feedback

Recommendation

Assessments will be revised to limit the need for multimodality feedback.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship between anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system
  2. Compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of various cardiac assessment modalities, with consideration to best practice and patient safety
  3. Describe the role of pharmacotherapy during cardiovascular interventional procedures
  4. Analyse case-based cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac, Foundation units of competence - 1 - 5.
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
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - In-class Test(s) - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - In-class Test(s) - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th (2015)

Authors: Morton Kern, Paul Sorajja, Michael Lim
Elsevier
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , USA
ISBN: 10: 032334039
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (2007)

Authors: Tom Kenny
Wiley-Blackwell
UK
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5372-0
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

The Nuts and Bolts of ICD Therapy (2009)

Authors: Tom Kenny
Wiley-Blackwell
UK
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8404-5
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

The Nuts and Bolts of Implantable Device Therapy: Pacemakers (2014)

Authors: Tom Kenny
Wiley-Blackwell
UK
ISBN: 978-1-118-67067-5
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information


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
Aidan Rickwood Unit Coordinator
a.rickwood@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Pharmacotherapy in the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory



Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Anticoagulation and concepts of haemostasis

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Anti-platelet therapy following coronary stenting


Other cardiac testing modalities; including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and ECG

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Fractional flow reserve assessment in coronary angiography

Other cardiac testing modalities; including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and ECG

Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015) Pages 134,395,432 & 433

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Cardiovascular haemodynamics 1: cardiac output and shunts

Other cardiac testing modalities; including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and ECG

Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015) Pages 180-182, 193 & 194-198

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Cardiovascular haemodynamics 2: Bidirectional shunt calculations

Other cardiac testing modalities; including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and ECG

Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015) Pages 194-199


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Valve pathology: Right heart disorders


Principles of CRT pacing and the importance of a 12 lead ECG 


Upper rate behaviour in cardiac devices

Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015) Pages 175-182, 193 & 350

The Nuts and Bolts of Implantable Device Therapy: Pacemakers (2014) Chapter 19

The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (2008) Chapter 14 &19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Valve pathology: Left heart disorders


To test or not to test: DFT in the lab environment and subcutaneous ICDs

Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015) Pages 175-184

The Nuts and Bolts of ICD Therapy (2007) Chapter 5 & 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written assessment Due: Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Non surgical cardiac support


SVT discriminators with a review of sensing and detection


Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015) Chapter 9

The Nuts and Bolts of ICD Therapy (2007) Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction to Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation 


Radiological imaging of cardiac devices

Chapter

Cardiac Catheterization Handbook 6th Edition (2015)Pages 449-453

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

CRT device tool box and trying to prevent heart failure


The downside to right ventricular pacing

Chapter

The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (2008) Chapter 23

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class test Due: Week 12 Tuesday (2 June 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

The Unit Coordinator for ECHO13002 is Aidan Rickwood. The preferred method for contacting Aidan is via the Q&A forum located on the Moodle site for content related questions. If the query is of a personal nature, please email a.rickwood@cqu.edu.au, or phone (08) 9260 4034. Aidan's work days are: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and he is based at the Perth Campus.


Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written assessment

Task Description

You are to write an essay, which cites a variety of sources that support your discussion on the following topic:

With an ageing population, valvular heart disease is becoming more prevalent. Advancements in technology have revolutionised treatment options for elderly patients. Over the last few years the technique for replacing the aortic valve has become a lot less invasive.


Your essay should include:

- An overview of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

- Work-up tests and procedural information

- Prognosis and outcomes for TAVI compared to other invasive valvular implantation procedures

- Recent research and / or current news in the area of TAVI (you may select a topic from the last 4 years that is relevant to TAVI's)


Word count: 1500 words +/= 10% submitted as a word document.

Word count does not included headings or references but does include diagram explanations and labelling.


Referencing: Vancouver


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST

Submission is due through Moodle. You are required to submit a copy to Turn-it-in. Please allow time for your Turn-it-in results and implement changes if required, prior to assessment due date.


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Students are advised to refer to the 'Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework) document for additional university guidelines regarding assessments.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

- Locate and critically evaluate information

- Recognise pertinent professional information

- Describe all practical aspects of the work-up tests and procedure

- Produce a scholarly essay

- The use of Vancouver referencing to a high standard

- A detailed marking rubric can be found on the Moodle site and students are encouraged to review this.

- There is no opportunity for re-submission. 5% penalty will be applied for each day (or part there of) that submission is late.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the relationship between anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system
  • Compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of various cardiac assessment modalities, with consideration to best practice and patient safety
  • Describe the role of pharmacotherapy during cardiovascular interventional procedures
  • Analyse case-based cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title
In-class test

Task Description

The job role of a cardiac physiologist is broad and includes multiple clinical specialities. As a result, it’s necessary to have a clear understanding of the various modalities that contribute to a patient’s management and treatment pathway. Having the ability to correctly analyse and interpret these forms of specialist imaging is essential. In order for students to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge from this unit, they are required to complete an in-class test. This will involve a combination of clinical scenarios, short answer and essay type questions which will be based on concepts which students have been introduced to during the lecture and tutorial sessions.


The students will be required to correctly interpret information (data and images) presented in a number of separate clinical scenarios as well as correctly answer theoretical type questions.


- The in-class test will be held in class during week 12.

- Campus specific venue details will be advised via the Moodle site.

- There will be ten minutes perusal time prior to test commencement and 120 minutes to write and complete the in-class test.

- The in-class test will be written under examination conditions as detail in the Assessment Policy and Procedure.

- The in-class test is a closed-book assessment and the test paper will be submitted at the end of the test period.


As per the Assessment Procedures, these tasks are to be completed during a defined period. There is no opportunity to apply a late penalty. If you arrive late, you may enter the test room up to 30 minutes after the start of the test; however, you will still be required to submit your test at the standard test end time. If late, you will not be allowed entry more than 30 minutes after the test starts. In the absence of an approved extension, this assessment cannot be completed at a later time. Students will receive a mark of zero (or fail) for the assessment, if you have not completed it by the scheduled date and time and do not have an extension.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Tuesday (2 June 2020) 9:00 am AEST

Campus specific venue details will be advised via the Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Tuesday (16 June 2020)


Weighting
60%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You must provide short to medium length typed responses to a series of questions.

Image viewing questions may be included and you are required to be familiar with both normal and pathological images.

Responses will be assessed according to:

- Use of appropriate terminology and descriptors as well as grammar, spelling, relevance of response and competence in addressing all elements of the question.
- The student’s ability to appropriately interpret images/graphs/tables and then to succinctly compose an appropriate response based on their learning from the unit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the relationship between anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system
  • Compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of various cardiac assessment modalities, with consideration to best practice and patient safety
  • Describe the role of pharmacotherapy during cardiovascular interventional procedures
  • Analyse case-based cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

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?