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ECHO12006 - Cardiac Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Accurate assessment and management of cardiac conditions requires comprehensive knowledge of cardiac pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. By studying the pathophysiology, medications, cardiac assessment skills and data relevant to common cardiac conditions, you will be armed with the necessary knowledge to discuss given clinical scenarios. With this knowledge you will assess cardiac ultrasound and other cardiac data as it relates to clinical cases and discuss clinical problems within an ethical framework of best practice. In preparation for clinical placement you will learn to operate the tools needed to analyse cardiac structure and function by performing echocardiographic examination and electrocardiogram (ECG) studies. You will analyse the outcomes of these studies and other cardiac data presented in simulated clinical cases. You will demonstrate the professional knowledge, attitude and skills required to perform practical cardiac assessment in a clinical setting. This will be assessed within a simulated environment. This unit prepares you for entry into the clinical environment using the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical tool (ARC) in conjunction with other assessment tasks. Attendance at practical activities is a requirement of this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite

ECHO11004 Cardiac Clinical Unit 1

AND

Co-requisite

MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology

AND

MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Performance 0%
5. Examination 60%
6. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 69.57% 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 evaluations, emails
Feedback
Despite rapid notification of results, students who successfully 'passed' OSCE and practical assessments on their first attempt, requested more detailed feedback.
Recommendation
Assessment ARC tools and rubrics will be modified to facilitate feedback summation by examiners, so that documents can be uploaded and dispersed via the Moodle site to all students in a more timely fashion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, emails
Feedback
Laboratory sessions were well structured and supported in their delivery by staff.
Recommendation
The same laboratory format will be continued in 2019. Further improvements will include the addition of blood pressure and practical ECG performance to reinforce skills already learnt, and required for subsequent clinical placements. An induction with staff will be held prior to laboratory delivery to improve tutor consistency. In addition, new video resources will be created to illustrate the scan being taught, and these will be made available on the Moodle site for review.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations
Feedback
Students were anxious about the ECG OSCE assessments
Recommendation
An assessment video will be created clearly outlining task requirements. Students will be provided with the opportunity to participate in Mock OSCE assessments during zoom tutorials. The benefit of attending tutorials will be promoted more heavily next delivery, as engagement in tutorials by students this term was poor.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate the aetiology and related cardiac assessment data of common cardiovascular pathologies
  2. Articulate the effects of major medication groups on the cardiovascular system
  3. Perform the standard two dimensional echocardiographic protocol
  4. Analyse case-based clinical information to calculate ventricular function, formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies
  5. Apply professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice
  6. Apply constructive feedback to professional practice improvement
  7. Perform, and interrogate the outcomes of, electrocardiogram studies (ECG).

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 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Performance
5 - Examination
6 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Performance
5 - Examination
6 - Reflective Practice Assignment