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ECHO12005 - Cardiac Clinical Unit 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical unit will provide opportunities to apply and integrate both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in the clinical environment. In addition to the consolidation of skills in electrophysiological assessment, you will be exposed to a range of cardiovascular assessment techniques, including echocardiography. Using clinical cases you will analyse and reflect upon the information provided to produce provisional differential diagnoses and patient management plans within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. Behavioural aspects of professional practice are emphasised and you are expected to reflect on your own performance and exhibit the highest level of safe patient care. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting under qualified supervision.

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-requisites:

ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment and ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1

OR

ECHO12008 Doppler Echocardiography and ECHO12007 Cardiac Rhythm Assessment.  


Both ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment and ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1 OR ECHO12008 Doppler Echocardiography and ECHO12007 Cardiac Rhythm Assessment must have been successfully completed within the last twelve months.  Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment(s) (after completion of technical skill / knowledge revision). Details of this will be articulated in a learning contract created by the Head of Course or designate.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 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. Portfolio 0%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Practical Assessment 0%
5. Performance 0%
6. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
7. Professional Practice Placement 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 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 20% 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: Feedback from student and supervisor.
Feedback
Some clinical supervisors reported that they were unclear on placement expectations or student practical competencies.
Recommendation
Formal pre-placement supervisor correspondence regarding placement objectives and practical competencies will continue to be improved.
Action Taken
Revised 'Unit at a glance' documents have been developed providing an overview of placement learning objectives, associated assessment tasks and supervisor requirements. These documents are distributed to clinical site supervisors prior to placement commencement and followed up with phone and email correspondence via the unit coordinator and/or clinical academic.
Source: Feedback from student
Feedback
Some students did not follow marking rubric guidance. Others found expectations surrounding assessment referencing challenging.
Recommendation
Assessment task descriptors and associated resources will be reviewed to include more guidance.
Action Taken
The eunit profile and assessment rubrics were reviewed and improvements were implemented to improve clarity. Exemplars of some assessment items were also added. Revised unpacking the assessment videos were recorded to clarify assessment expectations. Referencing resources and support provided by the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) and Library were promoted and linked directly to the Moodle site with 'quick links'.
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluation (SUTE).
Feedback
Students appreciated having versatility in regards to what was discussed in the tutorials.
Recommendation
Tutorials will continue to focus on the 'needs of the student' at the time of delivery. Students will continue to be encouraged post questions and request topics to be discussed live, to enhance content digestion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluation (SUTE).
Feedback
Students enjoyed hearing from students who had completed their clinical placements.
Recommendation
Interviews with previous students will continue to be acquired, to enable future students to receive an insight into 'clinical placement experience' from a student prospective.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluation (SUTE).
Feedback
Completion of the ECG portfolio assessment caused anxiety for students.
Recommendation
Support will continue to be offered by the teaching team through dedicated tutorials and prompt forum responses. The importance of attendance at tutorials will be promoted from term commencement; given rarely more than 1-6 students out of a cohort of 49 attended offerings in 2020. Unrealistic student expectations regarding ECG quality and interpretation applications will be addressed through revision and improvement of 'unpacking the assessment videos'.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform electrophysiological and echocardiographic assessment on the cardiovascular system
  2. Analyse and communicate the outcomes of cardiac assessment including consideration of quality assurance
  3. Apply professional behaviour consistent with safe practice
  4. Analyse, and critically reflect upon, clinical cases involving various cardiac assessment techniques
  5. Attend clinical placement as per external accreditation requirements (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry).

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 - Portfolio
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Performance
6 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
7 - Professional Practice Placement
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