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ECHO12003 - Principles of Cardiac Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

An understanding of the concepts of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the cardiovascular system is necessary in the field of echocardiography and cardiac physiology. In this unit you will acquire knowledge of the principles and technical components of cardiac assessments and therapeutic procedures in complex cardiac disease, including electrophysiology, cardiac angiography, non-invasive cardiac and respiratory measurements and a variety of cardiac imaging procedures. You will apply your knowledge to simulated clinical scenarios and case studies to compare and contrast the choice of procedure within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety.

Details

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

Pre-requisite:
ECHO12002 Adult Echocardiography 1
AND
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management

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

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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 Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Group Work 30%
3. Examination 50%

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 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.37% 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: 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
No action was necessary. COVID-19 disruptions resulted in cancellation of co-requisite ECHO12004 travel requirements.
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
Tutorial deliveries focused on case contextualisation of theoretical concepts and adopted many visual learning tools to support alternative learning styles.
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
Unit delivery trialled incorporation of web based software (Test and Teach). Software subscription provided students with access to additional self directed online training and measurement practice. Uptake by students was poor. Likely because activities were not compulsory or graded. Those that engaged with program, provided positive feedback.
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluations, Moodle
Feedback
Tutorials format was popular with students. Students found case contextualisation of theory and visual diagrams and drawings summating content very helpful.
Recommendation
Continue with the tutorial format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluations, Moodle
Feedback
Assessment feedback for online quiz(zes) and test was considered inadequate by some students, largely because question pool was not released.
Recommendation
Emphasise the availability of explanatory information about assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the cardiovascular system appropriate to acquired heart disease.
  2. Critically evaluate the practice of invasive pressure measurements.
  3. Contrast the cardiac investigations appropriate to acquired heart disease.
  4. Analyse the results of cardiac assessment in acquired heart disease.
  5. Take responsibility for achieving group goals

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 Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - 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
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 Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination