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ECHO13002 - Cardiac Assessment Skills 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

To work in the field of electrophysiology and cardiac rhythm management, you must be proficient with the concepts and procedures relating to diagnosis of the cardiovascular system. This unit builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Cardiac Assessment 1. You will advance your study of the principles of cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac angiography, non-invasive cardiac and respiratory measurements and a variety of investigation methods used in cardiac diseases. You will interrogate outcomes from clinical assessments. You will participate in simulated clinical scenarios and case studies to contrast appropriate procedures within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours needed to work in a clinical setting, and will be assessed within a simulated environment both on campus and in a specialist simulation centre in Sydney. Attendance at practical activities is required.


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

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 1 - 2018

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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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 0%
4. Written Assessment 40%
5. Performance 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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.5% 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: Email, unit evaluation
OSCE assessment format was popular with students
Unit delivery in 2019 will again incorporate an OSCE assessment. It allows for the examiner to assess the student's clinical reasoning and image interpretation in a format which they will likely encounter during their subsequent clinical placement experience.
Action Taken
Source: Email, unit evaluation
Content provided in 'other modality cardiac imaging lectures' was overwhelming
These lectures provided information in excess of the student learning requirements associated with this unit. Review will be undertaken to focus content. More image interpretation and improved revision resources will be included to support delivery, assessment preparation, and to illustrate relevance to echocardiography.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate the aetiology and related cardiac assessment data of common cardiovascular pathologies
  2. Describe the relationship between anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system
  3. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform, and interrogate the outcomes of, a range of clinical assessments of the cardiovascular system
  4. Analyse case-based clinical information to calculate cardiac function, formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management strategies
  5. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice.

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 6
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Performance
6 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 6
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Performance
6 - Examination