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ECHO20005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 5
Cardiac Clinical Unit 5
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General Information


This graduate clinical unit builds on the skills, knowledge and attitudes developed during the Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology. You will perform diagnostic cardiac ultrasound and other cardiac assessment and analyse the outcomes to to meet the professions Competency Standards for the Entry-Level Cardiac Sonographer. You will evaluate clinical findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate further investigation within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will apply appropriate professional and interpersonal skills to echocardiographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity postgraduate attributes and requirements for external professional accreditation. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting under qualified supervision.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Not Applicable
Credit Points: 18
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.375

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite ECHO20004 Cardiac Clinical Unit 4 ECHO20004 Cardiac Clinical Unit 4 must have been successfully completed within the last nine months. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour anddiagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s) (after completion of technical skill / knowledge revision). Details of this will be articulated in a learning contract created by the Head of Course or designate.

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 - 2023

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

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

This information will be available on Monday 15 May 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 Unit and Teacher Evaluation (SUTE) survey, and individual (face-to-face) student feedback.


Time allowance for the OSCE theoretical component is considered too restrictive by some students, with concern that interpretation of diagnostic imaging under time pressure may not lead to answers truly reflective of student comprehension.


The time allowance for the theoretical OSCE component is currently 90 minutes. This time allowance will be re-considered for 2023 delivery. Content distribution and attention fatigue must be taken into consideration though, especially since students undertake their practical OSCE component shortly after this theoretical component.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation (SUTE) survey, and individual (face-to-face and Zoom) student feedback.


The practical component of the OSCE should be more reflective of day-to-day scanning procedures (ie. performing a comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram).


With continuing disruptions to placement block dates, and the ongoing COVID pandemic, it is not logistically possible to organise real-world patient models across campuses in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane for multiple OSCE dates (which are currently scheduled across a five month period for the HT2 2022 delivery). Competency as an entry-level sonographer, as per industry-agreed standards, is not solely reliant on performance of a comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram. The practical OSCE component is designed to assess additional attributes including clinical decision making skills and professional behaviour. This assessment will be discussed among faculty staff and improvements made where applicable, prior to 2023 delivery.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation (SUTE) survey, and individual (face-to-face and email) student feedback.


The unit coordinator provided clear and knowledgeable explanations, challenged students to think and question, provided valuable feedback and showed passion and enthusiasm for the discipline. Students felt supported throughout the unit.


Unit coordination will continue to focus on clear communication and individualised feedback. Student experience is increasingly disjointed due to placement date disruptions among the Echocardiography cohort and as such additional support needs to be considered in many aspects. In this final term unit, students will be encouraged to actively invest in their ongoing professional development and maintain their own enthusiasm for the discipline.

Feedback from Individual student feedback via emails and phone or Zoom conversations.


Although the majority of students did not attend live tutorials, recordings of these sessions were helpful resources. The unit coordinator was available to clarify points throughout the entire term.


Tutorials will continue in the same format (revision of theoretical concepts and interpretation of echocardiographic imaging) and recordings will be made available on Moodle. Given ongoing disruptions to placement block dates and resulting variable course progression among the student cohort, real-time support— via Moodle forums, email, phone or Zoom— needs to remain an emphasis for each and every student.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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This information will be available on Monday 15 May 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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