CQUniversity Unit Profile
ECHO28006 Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance
Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance
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General Information


This unit builds on the skills, knowledge and attributes developed during the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound. You will perform diagnostic cardiac ultrasound and analyse the outcomes to meet the profession's 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. You will apply quality assurance assessment strategies and risk evaluation in routine practice to effective positive outcomes. You will be required to demonstrate appropriate clinical exposure and attendance consistent with accrediting body graduate expectations. You will be required to attend your campus of enrolment for final Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).


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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:Completion of 36 credit points of the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound AND1,500 hours of clinical placement hours documented in the logbook and signed by the Clinical Supervisor.

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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. Report
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Professional Practice Placement
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply quality assurance and risk assessment strategies to effect positive outcomes in clinical practice
  2. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour, and appropriate communication skills consistent with scope of practice of a cardiac sonographer (echocardiographer)
  3. Analyse, and critically reflect upon, clinical cases involving cardiac ultrasound and other assessment techniques
  4. Critically evaluate the outcome of a variety of cardiac assessment data, using a broad body of knowledge, to solve complex diagnostic problems
  5. Perform diagnostic echocardiographic scans to meet the 'Competency Standards for an Entry Level Cardiac Sonographer'
  6. Engage in cardiac ultrasound practice as per external accreditation requirements (Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry).

Linked to the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography:

Foundation Units of Competence

  • Unit 1: Deliver safe, patient centred service
  • Unit 2: Practice within professional and ethical frameworks
  • Unit 3: Locate, analyse and synthesise information to support evidence based practice
  • Unit 4: Contribute to workplace health and safety and quality assurance
  • Unit 5: Communicate effectively

Critical Practice Unit of Competence

  • Unit 8: Cardiac

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 6
1 - Report - 0%
2 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
3 - Practical Assessment - 0%
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books - 0%
5 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Report - 0%
2 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
3 - Practical Assessment - 0%
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books - 0%
5 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 0%
Textbooks and Resources




Authors: Bonita Anderson
Echotext Pty Ltd
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-9923222-0-5
Binding: Hardcover


Authors: Bonita Anderson, Margaret Park
Wolters Kluwer
United States
ISBN: 9781975136253
Binding: Paperback


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

Additional Textbook Information

IT Resources

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

What can you do to act with integrity?

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.