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ECHO13002 - Cardiac Assessment Skills 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will acquire knowledge of the key principles for echocardiographic assessment of the cardiovascular system. This unit prepares you for the clinical workplace through the development of skills in cardiovascular assessment using echocardiography . You will complete the standard echocardiographic protocol and associated targeted protocols. You will be introduced to 3D, strain, speckle tracking, exercise stress testing, contrast echocardiography, perioperative and guiding transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE). You will then apply your knowledge to the analysis of the outcomes of echocardiographic assessment. You are required to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours needed to work in a clinical setting, and will be assessed within a simulated environment. You must pass this unit to be eligible to attend the year three clinical placement.


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

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 - 2017

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Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 0%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
6. Written Assessment 0%
7. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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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. Contrast the procedures involved in advanced echocardiographic techniques.
  2. Apply practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform echocardiographic protocols.
  3. Display professional behaviour consistent with safe practice.
  4. Critically reflect upon your professional practice utilising constructive feedback.
  5. Analyse the outcomes of echocardiographic procedures including consideration of quality assurance.

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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Written Assessment
7 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Written Assessment
7 - On-campus Activity