CQUniversity Unit Profile
MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 2
Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 2
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General Information

Overview

This clinical unit will provide you with opportunities to apply and integrate both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and professional behaviour in the clinical environment, independently and under the supervision of qualified professionals. The practical focus in this unit includes the completion of ultrasound scan(s) to an advanced beginner level of competence.You will consolidate skills and knowledge acquired during your previous clinical placement block and skills development laboratory sessions at university. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your own patient care, professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting.

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

Prerequisites MEDS12006 Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1 and MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1 and MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 1 and MEDS13008 Vascular Sonography AND MEDS13002 Sonographic Skills Development 2 which must have been successfully completed within the last twelve months. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete a skills / clinical revision and assessment as determined by the discipline lead 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 - 2022

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. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Portfolio
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. Professional Practice Placement
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.

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 Video call and phone call communication

Feedback

The newly introduced clinical placement checklist has been well received by students, supervisors and has been valuable for the unit coordinator.

Recommendation

Consider continuing to have this checklist in place

Feedback from Phone call communication

Feedback

Add a mid-placement attendance form so that clinical academics (as well as other university staff that may need this information) can be up to date with student clinical placement hours.

Recommendation

Consider having a mid-attendance form for students to fill out and upload mid-placement

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Perform sonographic examinations under supervision at advanced beginner-level competency.
  2. Differentiate sonographic appearance and evaluate sonographic findings to solve a wide range of sometimes complex diagnostic problems.
  3. Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity graduate attributes and Australian Sonographer Accreditation requirements.
  4. Appraise your professional performance including sonographic knowledge, technical skill, professionalism, teamwork, communication skills and safe clinical practice to identify goals for continuing professional development..

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer

Units 1-5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13.

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 - Practical Assessment - 0%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Portfolio - 0%
4 - Written Assessment - 0%
5 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%

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
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 - Practical Assessment - 0%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Portfolio - 0%
4 - Written Assessment - 0%
5 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

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
Antony Egan Unit Coordinator
a.egan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Block 1 - Week 1 Begin Date: 27 Jun 2022

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Clinical placement block 1, begins on 27th June.

Checklist to be completed and submitted before Friday 20:00 (AEST) of Week 1.

Block 1 - Week 2 Begin Date: 04 Jul 2022

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Block 1 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 1 - Week 3 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

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Block 1 - Week 4 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

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Block 1 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 1 - Week 5 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

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Block 1 Students : Mid GAPA to be completed and emailed to the unit coordinator by the clinical supervisor. Due by 18:00 (AEST) Monday of Week 6.

Block 1 - Week 6 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

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Block 1 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 1 - Week 7 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

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Block 1 - Week 8 Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

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Block 1 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 1 - Week 9 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

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Block 1 - Week 10 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

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Block 1 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 1 Students : Final GAPA, Attendance and Practical Assessment due Monday 18:00 (AEST) after your placement is completed.

Block 2 - Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

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Clinical placement block 2, begins on 5th September. Checklist to be completed and submitted before Friday 20:00 (AEST) of Week 1.


Block 2 - Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

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Block 2 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 1 Students : Case Report due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 2 - Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

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Block 2 - Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

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Block 2 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 2 - Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

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Block 2 Students : Mid GAPA to be completed and emailed to the unit coordinator by the clinical supervisor. Due by 18:00 (AEST) Monday of Week 6.

Block 2 - Week 6 Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

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Block 2 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 2 - Week 7 Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

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Block 2 - Week 8 Begin Date: 24 Oct 2022

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Block 2 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 2 - Week 9 Begin Date: 31 Oct 2022

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Block 2 - Week 10 Begin Date: 07 Nov 2022

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Block 2 Students : Case Log due Friday 20:00 (AEST)

Block 2 Students : Final GAPA, Attendance and Practical Assessment due Monday 18:00 (AEST) after your placement is completed.

Block 2 Students : Case Report due Friday 20:00 (AEST) 2 weeks after completion of placement. 

Term Specific Information

The unit coordinator for this unit is Antony Egan. He can be contacted via email a.egan@cqu.edu.au (preferred method of contact) or phone 0409 845 915. It is important to check your student email and Moodle regularly to be aware of unit updates.

The clinical placement team are an integral part of the staffing of this course. They are Gina Zhang (Sydney), Julie Cahill (Brisbane), and Ovini Wanigasekera (Perth), and the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) officer Vanessa Henderson. The clinical placement team contact details are on the unit Moodle site.

There are no specified texts for this unit. However it is advised to take your academic texts with you if you relocate for clinical placement to enable you to revise and complete tasks set by your clinical supervisor and this unit.

This unit requires you to attend a 10 week clinical placement for a minimum of 400 hours from the 27th June to the 4th August (Block 1 students) or from 5th of September to 13th of November (block 2 students) inclusive, or as otherwise agreed upon with the unit coordinator. This unit, and associated placement extends beyond the standard University term dates.

Please note that there may be public holidays during your clinical placement. These can be entered as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form and do not need to be 'made up'. Any absences must be reported to the site supervisor and the unit coordinator as soon as possible. Medical certificates are required for any sick leave taken. Any hours lost due to absences (other than public holidays) must be made up. Please advise the unit coordinator if you need to extend your placement end date in order to complete unit requirements. If you are experiencing difficulty meeting unit assessment requirements apply for extension via the Moodle site.

You will require regular internet access, word processing and document scanning technology in order to complete assessment requirements. Clinical sites may not provide computer or internet access so it is your responsibility to provide your own.

Please note this important information from the University Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework) 4.41. Students who fail a single assessment in a pass/fail unit or a pass/fail component in a graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit, unless the unit profile includes provision for students to re-attempt a failed assessment task and the student passes the re-attempted assessment.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assessment

Task Description

As you progress in your competence as a sonographer, there are various 'stepping stones' by which you can measure your progress. This task is one such 'stepping stone'. You will demonstrate advanced beginner level competence in one of the required domains of practice, of which there are currently six (6).

  • Vascular (DVT or carotid Doppler)
  • Superficial structure (thyroid or testes)
  • Breast (female)
  • Musculoskeletal (shoulder)
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvic (TA and TV) in combination with / or an obstetric study from any trimester.


This assessment task measures your overall aptitude and competence in completing an ultrasound examination in one of these six domains of practice. This must be from a different domain of practice than you completed in MEDS12007. A pelvic assessment would be preferable but not mandatory. You must achieve a level of 'advanced beginner' competence in performance of the chosen study type, as detailed in the assessment criteria. In this assessment you will demonstrate your ability to carry out all tasks of the ultrasound examination with some (<40%) intervention, guidance or correction by the assessor. To achieve a pass in all competencies you must achieve of level 2 (advanced beginner) in all criteria. A result of  'not performed' or level 1 will result in a fail for the competency.


This task will be assessed by your clinical supervisor, or a delegate sonographer using the proficiency scoring sheet provided. This form will be available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site but it is advisable to provide a printed copy to your clinical supervisor at the commencement of your placement. Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your sonographic skill, and relevant theoretical knowledge, will be evaluated.


Discuss the best time to complete this assessment with your clinical supervisor. After the assessment ask for feedback so you can focus your efforts at improvement in the areas mentioned by your supervisor. If you do not meet the required standard on your first attempt, you must seek detailed feedback from your assessor so you can develop a strategy to improve your performance. You should share your plan for improvement with your assessor. You may then repeat this assessment and must achieve the required level. Your clinical supervisor must complete and sign the assessment form before you submit it through the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. The assessment must be attempted prior to completion of the clinical placement block.


You are permitted 1 re-attempt to complete this assessment. 


Assessment Due Date

Due on the Monday at 18:00 (AEST) after your placement is completed. To be uploaded through online submission in the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any student whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond this due date will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.


Return Date to Students

Performance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If the conditions to pass are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will address the following areas of your performance:

  • Patient care and communication.
  • Pre-scan, scan and post-scan preparation and tasks.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation including optimisation of survey and images through appropriate selection of parameters and technique.
  • Interrogation of anatomy and acquisition of relevant images.
  • Recognition and understanding of the relevant anatomy and pathology demonstrated.
  • Ability to recognise the need to extend the clinical examination where appropriate.
  • Accurate documentation and communication of findings.
  • Occupational health and safety including ergonomics.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online submission of the completed form via unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform sonographic examinations under supervision at advanced beginner-level competency.
  • Differentiate sonographic appearance and evaluate sonographic findings to solve a wide range of sometimes complex diagnostic problems.


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

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Global Assessment of Professional Attributes (GAPA)

Task Description

Clinical placement occurs in the professional workplace. As a clinical student you are provided access to that workplace on the condition that you demonstrate behaviours and attributes of a healthcare professional and present a positive image to the clinical facility's staff and clients. As a student in the medical sonographer profession in Australia, you are also required to be working toward consistent compliance with the Code of Conduct for Medical Sonographers.


Clinical sites mention professional behaviour, particularly teamwork and empathy, as paramount in their decision to employ a sonographer. This assessment considers your ability to communicate professionally with a diverse cultural audience of patients, staff and the general public, demonstrate professional respect for all, and function as a reliable, well organised member of the health team.


Your clinical supervisor, or delegate, will be working in the sonography area with you, directly observing your day-to-day performance. These observations and collected feedback relate to your demonstrated knowledge, skills and behaviours over a span of time, not limited to a particular scan type or patient case. The observations and feedback are then used to complete the Global Assessment of Professional Attributes (GAPA) form provided.


There are three main sections to the GAPA form:

  • Section 1: Applied Knowledge
  • Section 2: Psychomotor Skills (scanning skills) and Standard of Work
  • Section 3: Professionalism


In each section there are multiple observable behaviours that you are required to demonstrate throughout your placement. Your assessor will assess your performance based on how frequently and to what extent you demonstrate each of the listed behaviours. Your assessor is also encouraged to provide comments to expand on the assessment outcome.


This assessment occurs twice during the placement.


The first occurs at the mid-placement point. The mid-placement GAPA assessment is formative, meaning its function is to provide you and your unit coordinator with formal documented feedback on your performance, but there are no minimum required results related to your final grade. You are expected to use that feedback to reflect on your performance, develop an action plan to address any areas of performance that are not yet at the target level for this placement, and use the remaining weeks to achieve those targets. For any behaviour that you perform well on at the mid-placement assessment, it is expected that you will continue to meet that level of performance or surpass it for the rest of the placement. It is recommended that you print a few copies of the GAPA for your supervisor at the start of your placement.


The second GAPA assessment occurs toward the end of the final week of the placement. The end-of-placement GAPA assessment is summative, in that its primary use is to evaluate and document your performance relative to the stated performance targets. The minimum required results are listed in the Assessment Criteria section below. Your final overall grade in this assessment depends on where you stand relative to those performance targets. As this placement is the second of four in the course, you should use this end-of-placement assessment as formative as well, to inform your plans for improvement in your third placement.


If minimum levels in the mid-placement GAPA are not met, you will be regarded as a 'Student at Risk'. The unit coordinator will contact you to advise you of the risk of failing MEDS13006 and provide formative feedback. You must respond to this email to show you understand the implications of this information and give details of your plans for immediate improvement. A phone call or clinical visit will follow. Review of your progress will be completed a short time after the mid placement GAPA, at any time as requested by your supervisor or unit coordinator. Unsatisfactory scores at this second GAPA will result in a fail grade for MEDS13006.


If your second GAPA has resulted in a fail grade, you will meet with the Head of Course to discuss the instigation of an individual learning contract for you with a view to remedying your scanning skills, technical issues and/or behavioural issues. It will provide you with details of individual learning goals which must be achieved within a given timeframe. The learning contract will detail learning objectives, available learning resources, strategies and methods which will be used to assess your progress. This will likely involve scanning skills labs for tuition and assessment on a regular basis.


Occasionally student behaviour is beyond acceptable risk to clinical sites. Clinical supervisors contact CQUniversity academics immediately when this occurs. A GAPA assessment is requested at this time (which could be at any time during your placement). If the outcome of this GAPA is unsatisfactory, and/or the site feedback indicates that they can no longer host you due to the risk incurred, then this one GAPA alone, or site refusal to host, will constitute a fail of MEDS13006. Where such risk exists your placement will terminate immediately. It is difficult to place such students in the clinical environment again. Your continued progress within the sonography course may be at risk.


Assessment Due Date

The completed GAPA form must be emailed by your clinical supervisor to the unit coordinator. Mid-placement GAPA is due on Monday 18:00 (AEST) of week 6 of your placement. End of placement GAPA is due 18:00 (AEST) Monday after your placement is completed. It is your responsibility to check that the supervisor has emailed the GAPA to the unit coordinator. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension via the unit Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Performance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator. Feedback regarding the GAPA will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If assessment conditions are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

The criteria for assessment are detailed on the GAPA form in the form of required behaviours and attributes. The assessor will use the stated 'Limited' - Level 3 scale to indicate the frequency and extent to which you demonstrate each of those attributes. The required behaviours and attributes are grouped into 3 sections, each with its own minimum required scores.

For all sections of the GAPA a student must achieve level 2 or above.

In order to achieve an overall grade of 'Pass' in this assessment task, you must:

  • undergo both the mid-placement and end-of-placement assessments by the due dates listed,
  • on the end-of-placement assessment, meet the minimum required scores in all three sections,
  • ensure the documentation of each assessment is complete, and
  • upload each completed assessment form into the unit Moodle site by the due date.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online submission of the completed form via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity graduate attributes and Australian Sonographer Accreditation requirements.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Clinical Case Log

Task Description

The clinical logbook serves as a record of the depth and breadth of experience you attained during the placement. It demonstrates the degree of progression of your skill development within and across examination type. You should analyse this record at regular intervals to assist in the formulation of learning goals that will support your achievement of the unit outcomes.


Each case will be categorised into one of the following areas:

  • Abdomen (including renal)
  • Superficial Parts (thyroid, testes)
  • Breast
  • Obstetrics (first, second or third trimester) & Gynaecology,
  • Vascular (carotid, DVT or other)
  • Musculoskeletal

The daily form for the logbook must be verified and signed daily by your clinical site supervisor, radiologist, or a sonographer delegated by the clinical supervisor. The information of clinical cases needs to be entered in provided logbook spreadsheet daily.


The clinical case logbook and further information on how to complete the logbook and the minimum examination numbers required are available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. Copies have been emailed to your clinical site. Please print these forms/information sheets and read them carefully so you understand the criteria against which your logbook will be evaluated.


You can submit 'outside clinical placement' logbooks dated between the end of year 2 placement and the commencement of year 3 placement. The outside clinical placement daily form and logbook spreadsheet are available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. The number of hours allowed to be submitted are at the discretion of the unit coordinator and the head of course.


Please note: The daily form for the logbook must be verified and signed daily by an ASAR accredited sonographer, radiologist or sonologist with industry recognised qualifications. Details of either your insurance, or employment, must be entered in the outside clinical placement logbook. The information of clinical cases also needs to be entered in provided logbook spreadsheet daily.



Assessment Due Date

Due on the following Monday 18:00 (AEST) of weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 of your clinical placement. Both completed daily forms and spreadsheet for the logbook must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator via the unit Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Logbook numbers will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. If logbook numbers are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

Minimum number

Students are required to record a minimum 150 cases across varied domains in total in entire 10-week placement, of which fifty must be complete studies in any one of the six domains of practice (abdomen, superficial, breast, gynaecology/ obstetrics, vascular and shoulder). Each incomplete study is counted as 0.5 complete study. Please note these are the minimum numbers only, and ALL examinations that you participate in or perform are to be recorded.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online submission of the completed form via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform sonographic examinations under supervision at advanced beginner-level competency.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Technology Competence

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Presentation and Report

Task Description

There are two tasks of this assessment. Task A is a PowerPoint slides presentation in Zoom sessions. Task B is a case report.


Task A

The Australian Sonographers Association (ASA) holds scientific conferences annually. Sonographers are invited to present their cases in ePoster format. The ePosters are displayed on large monitors within conference areas that offer maximum exposure to delegates. An ePoster can be used to provide an eye-catching visual display of a new technique, clinical insight, a case review/series or the results of original audit/research.


You will produce and present an ePoster in a style that would be eligible to be present in the ASA conference. You will also be required to mark some ePosters presented by other students.


ePoster design

  • Submitted only as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation
  • Must include title, content and reference slides. Content can be 3 to 5 slides. (5~7 slides in total).
  • All slides to be in a ‘landscape’ format
  • Font style and size (e.g. 16–24 points: should be large and clear enough to be easily read from a distance)
  • Minimum resolution for graphics and images (72 dpi)
  • Remember to consider that your colour scheme selection should be easy to read from a distance (contrast of text content with background colour)

ePoster content

The presented case must be from your own scanning case.

The topic can be (but not limited to) as below

  1. Report of an interesting case (the same case can be used in task B case report assessment)
  2. Summary of how to optimise the image setting with the physics explained, such as grayscale or doppler image (except total gain, TGC, depth and focus location), and demonstrate the difference in the images before and after.
  3. Explain a scanning method(s) applied to overcome the obstacle encountered. (e.g. transducer manipulation, patient position, etc), and demonstrate the difference in the images before and after.
  4. Discover or apply a technique for differential diagnosis (e.g. to find the origin of the lesion, nature of the lesion, etc), and explain the scientific reason(s) (e.g. anatomy, embryology, physics) .

ePoster presentation and marking

  • You will need to present your presentation in the allocated zoom session.
  • You will also mark other students’ presentation based on the following simplified rubric.

Content Format and Design Grammar & spelling Scientific writing & reference Total
4 2 2 2 10

  • After each presentation, there will be a poll question in the MCQ format. You need to select the total mark you want to give to that presentation (except your own one).
  • The detailed marking rubric for each presentation you marked need to be submitted in a spreadsheet format after the presentation session finishes.
  • You need to nominate your presentation session and marking sessions before 18:00 (AEST) on the Monday of week 2 in your block. Otherwise the unit coordinator will allocate them for you.


Task B

The Australian Sonographers Association (ASA) publishes a scientific journal ‘Sonography’ as a commitment to ensure research is undertaken to provide an evidence base that supports the development of the profession.

A clinical case report is a written account of the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of an individual patient. It is a means of communicating something new that has been learnt in the clinical setting.


You will produce a clinical case report in a style that would be eligible to be published in ‘Sonography’. The reported case must be from your own scanning case. Your article can relate to all aspects of the sonography profession. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical scanning specialties e.g. abdomen and chest, breast, cardiac, musculoskeletal, obstetric, gynaecological, paediatric, small parts and vascular sonography.
  • Non-clinical elements and workforce issues such as sonographer education and training, sonographer health and wellbeing.


The case report should be structured into headed sections as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Case Description
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion


Assessment Due Date

Task A: Your PowerPoint slides are to be submitted at least 24 hours prior to your allocated presentation session. The detailed marking rubric of each presentation you marked is due within 24 hours after each session you attend. Task B is due on Friday at 18:00 (AEST) 14 days after completing your 10 week placement.


Return Date to Students

For task A, the student with the highest mark in the zoom session will be announced via zoom or Moodle site announcement. Anonymous marking feedback from peer students can be provided at request. For task B, feedback will be provided to you within three weeks after submission.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

This is a pass/fail assessment item. You must pass BOTH tasks of this assessment to pass this unit.

Task A

To pass this assessment, you must participate all the following components

  1. Submit your PowerPoint slides at least 24 hours before your allocated presentation time.
  2. Present your PowerPoint slides in the allocated session.
  3. Attend at least 4 Zoom sessions including your own presenting session and mark at least 25 presentations from all the Zoom sessions you attend.
  4. Submit the total mark for each peer student you marked in the zoom poll during the zoom session.
  5. Submit the detailed marking rubrics for each presentation with the spreadsheet file provided after each session ends.

Task B

The report requires five elements: a statement of why the case is worth reading about, an account of the case, with all relevant data, discussion of evidence that the case is unique or unexpected, possible alternative explanations for case features, and conclusions with implications. The report should be 1000-1500 words and include 5 figures and at least 10 references in total.


Case reports must be submitted with all identifying factors removed. Identifying factors include things such as patient name, date of birth, medical record number and clinical site name.


A marking rubric is available on the Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission must be made online via unit Moodle site so as to be analysed by Turnitin.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Appraise your professional performance including sonographic knowledge, technical skill, professionalism, teamwork, communication skills and safe clinical practice to identify goals for continuing professional development..


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

5 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title
Clinical Attendance

Task Description

As a health care professional your attendance is relied upon for the provision of quality patient care. Your absence impacts service delivery and safe patient care. The clinical placement checklist will need to be completed, signed and submitted before Friday 18:00 (AEST) of Week 1. It is expected that you attend 100% of the time during your 10 week clinical placement to achieve the minimum 400 hours (10 X 40 hours) of clinical attendance. All hours worked must be entered into the clinical attendance form. This form must be signed by your clinical supervisor, or a sonographer delegated this task by your clinical supervisor.


The clinical attendance form is available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site. Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your clinical attendance will be evaluated. Public holidays are included as hours worked. You can log 8 hours worked for each public holiday. These do not need to be 'made up'. Any time you are away from your clinical institution, you MUST supply a verifiable supporting document indicating why you have not attended. Both your clinical supervisor and the unit coordinator MUST be informed of any absences from your clinical placement. Any absence for part, or all of, a working day must be made up after, or during (e.g Saturday /evenings if available), the clinical placement.


You can submit 'outside clinical placement' hours completed between the end of your year 2 placement and the commencement of the year 3 placement if appropriate. You must be either employed by the clinical site or engaged in a learning capacity which means you are supernumerary to the workplace requirements. The outside clinical placement attendance form is available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. Please note: The hours must be verified (signed) by an ASAR accredited sonographer, radiologist or sonologist with appropriate ultrasound qualifications. Details of either your insurance, or employment, must be entered onto the outside clinical placement attendance form.


Outside clinical hours cannot be more than 200 hours in total, which is half of the required hours for this unit (400 hours). The number of hours allowed to be submitted are at the discretion of the unit coordinator and the head of course.


Assessment Due Date

Due on Monday after the clinical placement is completed at 18:00 (AEST). The completed clinical attendance form must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension via the unit Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Attendance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor. If the attendance requirements are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

To pass this assessment you must achieve a minimum of 400 hours (10 X 40 hours) of clinical attendance. Any days away from your clinical site must be documented.


At the end of the scheduled 10 weeks of placement, if you have not met the 100% attendance requirement AND you have documented justifiable grounds for your absenteeism, you will be provided additional scheduled time to make up the time you have missed. (This scheduled make-up time may not immediately follow the scheduled 10 week placement, and / or may not be at the same placement site, depending on clinical availability). At the end of the scheduled 10 weeks of placement, if you have not met the 100% attendance requirement AND you do not have documented justifiable grounds for the absence, you will score 'Fail' for this assessment item.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online submission of the completed form via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity graduate attributes and Australian Sonographer Accreditation requirements.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • 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?