ECHO11003 - Fundamentals of Cardiac Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an insight into the science of cardiac assessment by exploring the role and scope of practice of the cardiac physiologist and echocardiographer within the Australian health care system. You will acquire knowledge of communication strategies used in clinical practice and explore the types of cardiac testing procedures available and the outcomes of those assessments. You will apply your knowledge and skills to demonstrate procedures for the provision of safe patient care, ultrasound scanning coordination, spatial awareness and grey-scale pattern recognition in a simulated clinical environment. The aim of this unit is to provide introductory knowledge and skill that will support your learning throughout the Echocardiography / Cardiac Physiology course.


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


Students must be enrolled in CV69 Bachelor of Echocardiography and 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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Test 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 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.86% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.45% 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: Evaluation forms
Students enjoyed the residential school, and greatly appreciated the hands on scanning time available.
Residential school format will be continued in the next delivery as student feedback was positive.
Action Taken
The residential school format received positive feedback therefore no significant change in delivery strategy was implemented. Minor improvements were made with more hands on scanning time while learning content was trialed and positively received.
Source: SUTE Survey
Students reported that the feedback for the written assessment could be turned around faster.
The written assessment format, timing of submission, and marking strategy will be reviewed.
Action Taken
The strategy for marking and feedback provision was reviewed and amendments were implemented to ensure a timely marking turnaround and improved satisfaction.
Source: SUTE Survey
Students responded positively to tutorials and weekly revision questions.
Tutorial style/component and weekly revision will be continued in in the next delivery.
Action Taken
Tutorial style and content focusing of the weekly revision was amended this delivery with clinical cases or scenarios provided to assist students in understanding how the relative content applies to the clinical workplace. This also encouraged more active student participation and interaction along with more questions posed during the tutorials.
Source: Student evaluation during residential school
Students indicated that they would appreciate more hands-on scanning in residential school and more cardiac anatomy.
Investigate the potential for including more hands-on scanning and more emphasis on cardiac anatomy during the residential school delivery.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Students liked the guided approach to teaching which required active thinking and encouraged individual thought processes.
Delivery will continue with a similar approach to support student knowledge acquisition and foster understanding of concepts.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define the scope of practice and professional requirements of cardiac physiologists and echocardiographers, including legal and ethical considerations
  2. Discuss the provision of cardiac assessment within the context of general diagnostic services in the Australia health care system
  3. Employ common communication strategies used in the healthcare environment
  4. Apply introductory level knowledge of ultrasound equipment, image acquisition and interpretation, body and cardiac imaging planes, using appropriate terminology
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of safe practice, including infection control and ergonomic principles.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac, Foundation units of competence - 1- 5.
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
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
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test