ECHO13002 - Cardiac Assessment Skills 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit builds upon the knowledge and skills required in Cardiac Assessment 1. You will advance your study of the principles of cardiac rhythm management, 12-Lead electrocardiogram interpretation, cardiac catheterisation procedures, and be exposed to a variety of other cardiac testing modalities including MRI, CT and nuclear medicine. You will compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of these procedures. You will explore the role of pharmacotherapy during interventional procedures. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to discuss common management strategies associated with a variety of common cardiovascular pathologies, within the setting of best practice and patient safety.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


ECHO12003  Principles of Cardiac Assessment


ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1


ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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) 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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
Students suggested the provision of smaller assessment tasks spread throughout term would better support learning.
The assessment format will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Assessments were revised due to small cohort and assessment due dates were allocated to allow early provision of feedback to support learning.
Source: Unit evaluation
Some students were unable to make a connection between some of the content and cardiac sonographer scope of practice
Lecture content will be revised.
Action Taken
A revised assessment task has been introduced. This task incorporates the discussion of clinical cases, contextualizing the application of theoretical concepts delivered in lectures, and highlighting links to scope of professional practice. Some lectures have also been developed.
Source: Unit evaluation
Assessement feedback
Assessments will be revised to limit the need for multimodality feedback.
Action Taken
Detailed and timely feedback was provided by the unit coordinator
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the relationship between anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system
  2. Compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of various cardiac assessment modalities, with consideration to best practice and patient safety
  3. Describe the role of pharmacotherapy during cardiovascular interventional procedures
  4. Analyse case-based cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies.

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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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