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ECHO11002 - Cardiac Structure and Function

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Accurate assessment and performance of echocardiograms requires you to assemble a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, embryology, physiology, and echocardiographic appearance of the heart and surrounding structures. In this unit you will develop an understanding of cardiac structure and function which is essential for the performance of high quality examinations and is requisite to quality patient care. This knowledge will be applied to normal echocardiographic images and other cardiac assessment data. This unit requires attendance at a residential school both for practical work and an in-class test.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite
Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology)/Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2016

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Mixed Mode
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mixed Mode
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 40%
2. Examination 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 21.82% response rate.

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.

Source: Course evaluation, emails
Feedback
Most students found the theory interesting and resources provided as useful.
Recommendation
Continue to improve and evolve lectures and resource materials.
Action Taken
Lectures, tutorials and eReading resources were updated.
Source: Self evaluation, student evaluation
Feedback
Lectures/ reading for the respiratory system covered a range of content not necessary for the unit requirements.
Recommendation
Respiratory reading lecture to be re-focused and recorded.
Action Taken
Cardiac and respiratory anatomy and physiology lectures and resources were redeveloped for this delivery.
Source: Student evaluation, emails
Feedback
Students felt embryology lectures were long and too complex. Lectures did not include learning outcomes which made studying difficult
Recommendation
Embryology lectures to include learning outcomes to direct student learning.
Action Taken
Embryology tutorials focused on reviewing and simplifying content for the clinical context. Embryology lectures will be reviewed moving forward.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students enjoyed the cardiac anatomy and physiology content and interactive delivery of the unit.
Recommendation
Continue to deliver content with an interactive focus.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students appreciated the format and timing of the online quizzes.
Recommendation
Deliver the assessment with similar format and timing of online quizzes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students expressed that embryology content was lacking structure and introductory concepts.
Recommendation
Redevelop embryology content with a clearer structure and a more scaffolded approach.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including their relationship to neighbouring structures.
  2. Explain the embryological development of the cardiovascular and respiratory system.
  3. Compare foetal and neonatal cardiovascular systems.
  4. Contrast cardiac and coronary blood flow.
  5. Identify features on cardiac assessment images, videos and data.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac
2. European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Core Syllabus
3. American Registry for Cardiac Sonography Core Syllabus

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Examination