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ECHO12006 - Cardiac Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The accurate diagnosis of cardiac conditions requires comprehensive knowledge of cardiac pathophysiology, and the outcomes of a variety of cardiovascular assessment procedures. In this unit you will be introduced to cardiac assessment within the catheterisation laboratory. You will learn how to interpret a 12-Lead electrocardiogram (ECG), and how to assess cardiac structure and function by performing a 2D echocardiographic examination. Within the ethical framework of best practice, you will examine simulated case based clinical information, to explore the outcomes of these procedures, formulating differential diagnoses and patient management strategies for a variety of common cardiovascular pathologies. Attendance at practical activities is a requirement of this unit.


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

ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function


MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile

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. In-class Test(s) 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Performance 0%
5. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
6. 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 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
Despite rapid notification of results, students who successfully 'passed' OSCE and practical assessments on their first attempt, requested more detailed feedback.
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
Source: Unit evaluations, emails
Laboratory sessions were well structured and supported in their delivery by staff.
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
Source: Unit evaluations
Students were anxious about the ECG OSCE assessments
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
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform the standard two dimensional echocardiographic protocol including associated anatomical quantification
  2. Provide rationale for the exclusion of artefactual and discordant 2D echocardiographic findings
  3. Analyse case-based clinical information to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies for a variety of common cardiovascular pathologies
  4. Discuss common cardiac catheterisation procedures including radiation safety
  5. Interpret the outcome of 12-Lead electrocardiogram (ECG) studies
  6. Apply professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice
  7. 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, 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 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Performance
5 - Reflective Practice Assignment
6 - Examination
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
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Performance
5 - Reflective Practice Assignment
6 - Examination