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ECHO12003 - Principles of Cardiac Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

An understanding of the concepts of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic cardiovascular procedures is necessary in the field of echocardiography. In this unit you will be introduced to colour and spectral Doppler echocardiographic assessment techniques, along with common cardiac catheteristion procedures. You will apply your knowledge to a variety of cardiovascular pathologies and case studies, evaluating cardiac anatomy, performance and pressures. You will formulate differential diagnoses and consider patient management strategies within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will perform the standard echocardiographic protocol, with colour and spectral Doppler, in the simulated lab environment demonstrating professional behaviour and reflective practice. Attendance is required at practical activities.

Details

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

Pre-requisite:
ECHO12006 Cardiac Science
AND
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

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

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Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Perth
Sydney

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. Online Test 40%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Performance 0%
4. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
5. 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.

Source: Course evaluations
Feedback
Scanning and QLab laboratory sessions were well organized.
Recommendation
Sessions within the labs were developed to compliment and reinforce theoretical delivery. This format will be continued in 2019, along with the addition of routine blood pressure and ECG performance to hone practical skills necessary for clinical placement.
Action Taken
Changes were implemented.
Source: Course evaluations, emails
Feedback
Content was well supported with revision material.
Recommendation
Weekly revision material was provided to support examination preparation. This included multiple choice and short answer questions. The online test was also 'unpacked' with a brief presentation to ensure students were familiar with quiz software and format prior to attempting. This practice will be continued in 2019.
Action Taken
To be continued.
Source: Course evaluations, emails
Feedback
Delayed feedback combined with a limited time between 'practical assessment and resit opportunity' caused student anxiety.
Recommendation
Calendar constraints and delivery timetabling alongside other co-requisite units restrict the time frame between practical assessment and resit opportunities. Alternative schedules and online moderation options will be explored for 2019.
Action Taken
On-campus face to face delivery of MOCK assessment feedback was provided to facilitate faster return of results prior to final practical assessment.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Students found it challenging to coordinate assessment requirements alongside co-requisite unit ECHO12004 travel commitments.
Recommendation
Consideration of a written assessment instead of an online test to enable students the opportunity to spread study commitments across the term more easily.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Interactive tutorials were well received.
Recommendation
Continued provision of revision material which contextualizes application of theory taught during lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Practical performance of measurements is difficult to master. QLAB case studies supported student learning.
Recommendation
Increased number of QLAB measurement performance and case study discussions by tutor to be incorporated into content delivery throughout term. Alternative measurement software package is being explored, to facilitate off campus access and improved feedback provision.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Contrast the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic assessment process and patient management strategy for a variety of cardiovascular disease processes
  2. Perform, analyse and contrast haemodynamic calculations on cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses
  3. Perform the standard echocardiographic protocol with colour and spectral Doppler
  4. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice
  5. Apply constructive feedback to professional practice improvement.

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 - Online Test
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Performance
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment
5 - 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
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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 - Online Test
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Performance
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment
5 - Examination