ECHO12007 - Cardiac Assessment Skills

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit prepares you for entry into the clinical environment. You will build upon your knowledge of diagnostic techniques to support your future role as both an echocardiographer and cardiac physiologist. You learn to interpret electrocardiography cases applying the step-wise method, study the principles underpinning cardiac rhythm management (CRM) and device applications, and be introduced to various cardiac assessment strategies including invasive and non-invasive approaches. You will apply this knowledge to a variety of cardiovascular pathologies and case studies, formulating differential diagnoses, whilst considering patient management strategies within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety.


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


ECHO12006 Cardiac Science


ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function

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 2 - 2023

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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. Online Quiz(zes) 50%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 39.13% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 45.10% 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: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Some students cited difficulties completing the online quiz(zes) due to issues with internet connectivity.
The importance of securing a reliable internet source and using a suitable device when undertaking online assessments, along with the procedure for reporting any technology disruptions will be highlighted in the E-unit profile and under the assessment tile on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Student feedback acknowledged that the unit coordinator was both readily accessible and willing to give feedback through informal consultations, above and beyond routine tutorial offerings.
Additional ad hoc Zoom tutorials will continue to be offered to those students seeking additional learning support.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Additional resources could have helped with student learning.
Consider developing contextualised case studies, additional MOCK quizzes and revision material to support student learning and application of theoretical concepts.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret 12-Lead electrocardiogram (ECG) studies, applying a step-wise method of interpretation
  2. Compare and contrast referral indications, methodology and outcomes of various invasive and non-invasive routine cardiac assessment modalities
  3. Explain the concepts underpinning basic cardiac rhythm management (CRM) and device applications
  4. Analyse clinical case studies, constructing links between cardiovascular disease presentation, echocardiographic assessment and patient outcomes, with consideration of best practice and patient safety

Unit developed in collaboration with British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS) certified staff.

Linked to the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Register Standards for Cardiac Sonography:

  • Foundation Units of Competence 1 - 5
  • Critical Practice Unit 8 (Cardiac)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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 10