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ECHO13006 Adult Echocardiography
Adult Echocardiography
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General Information

Overview

Accurate analysis and assessment of complex cardiovascular disease and their pathological processes is a core part of all echocardiographic examinations. In preparation for clinical placement you will attain the knowledge and skills needed to analyse complex cardiovascular disease. This will include consideration of the echocardiographic generated images and assessment measures, haemodynamic calculations, pressures and valve prosthetics. You will apply knowledge to practical echocardiographic tasks in the laboratory setting, and utilise simulated clinical scenarios and case studies to analyse diagnostic data to provide differential diagnoses within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will demonstrate the professional knowledge, attitude and skills required to perform a complete echocardiographic study within a time frame related to clinical expectations. This unit prepares you for the clinical environment using the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical tool (ARC) in conjunction with other assessment tasks. Attendance at practical activities is a requirement of this unit.

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

Prerequisite MPAT12001 Medical PathophysiologyAND ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment AND ECHO12005 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 - 2023

Brisbane
Perth
Sydney

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

Information for Class and Assessment Overview has not been released yet.

This information will be available on Monday 9 January 2023
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 and Unit Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Online tests in prior CV69 units are conducted remotely. Some students did not fully appreciate the requirement for closed book conditions in this third-year unit.

Recommendation

Echocardiography requires a high level of independent thinking and analytical interpretation, and requires the ability to immediately access a vast pool of foundational knowledge, particularly in urgent clinical situations. Proper comprehension and recall of foundational concepts is vital for scaffolding of skills before extended clinical placements in follow-on units of the CV69 course. Open book tests cannot assess the recall and comprehension necessary at this level of study, immediately prior to clinical placement. For this reason, ECHO13006 tests will continue to be scheduled in-class and under closed book conditions. Many academic lecturers within Echocardiography have expressed a view that closed book conditions should be introduced earlier than third year and this will be discussed further, prior to 2023 unit deliveries.

Feedback from Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Some students did not appreciate the requirement to recall equations, and felt that a list of equations should have been provided for reference in the first in-class test.

Recommendation

While equations are often programmed into industry software, all practising sonographers have learned the theory behind common equations and understand their application. Recall of equations during the ECHO13006 test is necessary to assess understanding of (sometimes non-standard) requisite parameters and application to specific pathologies. As such, students will be required to recall and apply equations in future deliveries.

Feedback from Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Some students felt that on-campus time with tutors was insufficient and that more time should be afforded for explanation of concepts.

Recommendation

Weekly lab sessions provide students with an opportunity to apply concepts taught in lectures. Lab schedules for QLAB are carefully considered so that content follows on from the previous week, to afford students the opportunity to learn theoretical concepts and attend tutorials before their lab session. This approach will be made clearer to students in future deliveries. Scanning sessions are inevitably constrained by equipment and staffing availability and are scheduled to enable staff to support students as equitably as possible across campuses.

Feedback from Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

The revised rubrics for practical assessments were unfamiliar and some students found assessment requirements difficult to understand.

Recommendation

Redevelopment of the practical assessment rubric was necessary, to move from a negative-marking approach to a competency-led approach. Students may have been unfamiliar with the competency framework and where their skill progression should sit within this context. The industry-recognised competency framework for sonographers will be introduced to students early on in the CV69 course in future deliveries— this will likely improve student comprehension of unit expectations and assessment criteria.

Feedback from Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Students felt they would have benefitted from additional time and lab access between the mock and final practical assessments.

Recommendation

Given student numbers, staffing and equipment constraints, optimal lab scheduling is always difficult. The lab delivery schedule will be reviewed close to term commencement to ensure optimal lab deliveries across campuses. This will potentially provide more time or additional sessions between the mock and formal practical assessments.

Feedback from Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation

Feedback

Students appreciated the commitment and care demonstrated by tutors.

Recommendation

Pastoral care is recognised as an important aspect of student interaction and will continue to be a strong focus within the CV69 teaching team.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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This information will be available on Monday 9 January 2023
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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This unit profile has not yet been finalised.