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.

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
ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function

and

ECHO11003 Fundamentals of Cardiac Science

Co-requisite
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 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 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 20%
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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 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 41.38% 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
Expectations of student achievement and behaviour are clearly outlined and reinforced.
Recommendation
Moodle format and delivery style will be continued in 2019.
Action Taken
Moodle format and delivery style were continued in 2020.
Source: Student evaluation/ reflection from staff
Feedback
A strong correlation between student practical assessment success and utilisation of unmanned and manned practise offerings has been noted.
Recommendation
Staff will continue to highlight the importance of scanning practise.
Action Taken
Whilst T1 practical elements were disrupted due to social distancing guidelines in the context of COVID-19, staff will continue to reinforce the importance of scanning practise when laboratory activities resume in T3.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students like to be able to download lectures to ensure accessibility in absence on internet access.
Recommendation
Older lectures are progressively being replaced with new recordings loaded through ECHO360.
Action Taken
Updated lectures were loaded through ECHO360.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students found the written assessment challenging.
Recommendation
Further guidance will be provided to students surrounding appropriate writing style and referencing application.
Action Taken
The written assessment was updated to provide further guidance for students. Specifically, detailed information regarding writing style, referencing, rubric guidelines, and support services (Studiosity, ALC, etc.) were provided to students.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students enjoyed the engagement and clinical examples presented in tutorials.
Recommendation
Tutorial style will be continued in 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students enjoyed the laboratory sessions, which reinforced theoretical concepts in a practical space.
Recommendation
Staff will continue to highlight the importance of practial scanning laboratories.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students would like further guidance for the written assessment.
Recommendation
Further explanation regarding components of the written assessment will be provided to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Some lecture presentations would benefit from additional notes visible to students.
Recommendation
Presentation slides will be reformatted to include more details for student learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Performance
5 - Reflective Practice Assignment
6 - Examination