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 the types of cardiac assessment techniques 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.

Details

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

Pre-requisite

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 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%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. 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

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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.

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Feedback
Students felt written assessment task description required more clarity.
Recommendation
Provide additional resources including an assessment video, a new marking rubric, exemplars of previous work, referencing guide and a reworked task description on Moodle site.
Action Taken
In 2019, the Written Assessment task was changed to a "Peer Information Sheet". A detailed task sheet, task template, marking rubric, and tutorials were provided to outline assessment requirements and define any uncertain terms flagged by students.
Source: Emails, unit evaluation
Feedback
Fantastic experience had by students at Residential School.
Recommendation
Format will be continued in 2019.
Action Taken
The Residential School was adapted slightly to keep in line with evolving standards.
Source: "Have Your Say" student survey.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the Residential School.
Recommendation
Continue to offer the Residential School in a similar format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" student survey.
Feedback
Organisation and tutorial resources offered on the Moodle site assisted students in completing study tasks.
Recommendation
Update and continue to provide resources to assist students in organising their studies.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" student survey.
Feedback
Students felt that more direction and feedback could be provided for the the Written Assessment and Examination.
Recommendation
Provide enhanced direction and feedback for the Written Assessment, and offer more guidance to students in preparation for the Examination.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the provision of cardiac assessment within the context of general diagnostic services in the Australian Health Care System
  2. Discuss the role and scope of practice of echocardiographers and cardiac physiologists, including professional and legal frameworks
  3. Apply introductory-level knowledge and skill of cardiac assessment, anatomical planes and patient data using appropriate terminology
  4. Perform clinical tasks which demonstrate safe practice in a simulated environment.

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
1 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
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 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination