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.


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


ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment


ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1

Both ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment and ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1 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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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

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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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 21.21% 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: Unit evaluation and feedback during tutorials
Students engaged in tutorials and found cases of the week related to clinical experience.
Clinical cases will continue to be discussed during tutorials to highlight learning objectives associated with this clinical placement unit.
Action Taken
Clinical cases continued to be presented in tutorials.
Source: Clinical supervisor feedback
Students found it challenging to communicate with patients and work colleagues in a clinical environment.
Additional pre clinical information will be included in the first tutorial to cover professionalism and patient communication prior to students commencing their placements.
Action Taken
Professionalism and appropriate student behaviour were discussed during the first tutorial. An additional video resource regarding behaviour and patient communication was also provided to students on the Moodle site for review prior to placement commencement.
Source: Feedback from student and supervisor.
Some clinical supervisors reported that they were unclear on placement expectations or student practical competencies.
Formal pre-placement supervisor correspondence regarding placement objectives and practical competencies will continue to be improved.
Action Taken
Source: Feedback from student
Some students did not follow marking rubric guidance. Others found expectations surrounding assessment referencing challenging.
Assessment task descriptors and associated resources will be reviewed to include more guidance.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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