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ECHO13005 - Congenital Heart Disease

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Echocardiographers are required to perform complex assessments to aid in the diagnosis of cardiac pathology associated with congenital heart disease in both the pediatric and adult populations. In this unit you will study the link between disordered embryological development, congenital heart disease, and corrective interventional procedures. You will build upon your knowledge exploring corrective and palliative interventions and post-operative evaluation of congenital heart disease using advanced cardiovascular assessment techniques including 3-D, strain, contrast, exercise stress testing, echocardiography and trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TOE). You will apply advanced haemodynamic calculations to given clinical scenarios, guiding cardiac management. You will acquire knowledge of the principles of cardiac electrophysiology and investigation methods used in paediatric and adult congenital cardiac disease. You will apply your knowledge to simulated clinical scenarios and case studies and compare and contrast the choice of procedure within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisites:

ECHO13006 Adult Echocardiography

AND

ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills 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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

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) 40%
2. 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

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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 site and emails
Feedback
Content was well structured, and tutorials were interactive and supported learning.
Recommendation
Content was broken down into small lectures to facilitate absorption of complex pathological topics. Tutorials were interactive, and elaborated on the logical reasoning that was required to derive revision answers. Content was contextualised using case studies. This approach will again be adopted in 2019
Action Taken
The same lectures were used which included lectures that were grouped into sections to allow concepts to be appreciated.
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
Online test was challenging with time constraints
Recommendation
Due to open book nature of assessment, time constraints are necessary. Assessment videos and a Mock online test were provided to help students eliminate nerves prior to test due to unfamiliarity with technological aspects. This approach will again be adopted in 2019.
Action Taken
An assessment video and mock online quiz were provided for the online quiz. A standard exam was utilised in 2019 and students were provided structured revision materials and model answers.
Source: Unit evaluations, emails, and unit-coordinator reflections
Feedback
The content delivery via smaller lectures by a guest lecturer (specialist in field) was well appreciated by students but could be supported with additional weekly revision materials to reinforce important concepts.
Recommendation
Develop and provide additional short answer questions to weekly revision materials (or weekly formative quizzes).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, emails, in-class, and unit-coordinator reflections
Feedback
Tutorials were engaging, interactive and supported learning.
Recommendation
Continue providing real-case scenarios in tutorials to contextualise learning and provide a systematic approach and scaffolding in through processes required to problem-solving to allow diagnosis of heart conditions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, in-class, and emails
Feedback
Some students found it challenging to coordinate tutorial requirements alongside corequisite ECHO13007 clinical placement attendance.
Recommendation
Consider alternating timing of tutorials in 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, Moodle site, and emails.
Feedback
Some students would prefer more individualised feedback for the Online Quiz.
Recommendation
Assessment task expectations to be clearly outlined in a tutorial and rolling feedback can be offered in tutorials via group discussions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evalutations and emails
Feedback
Some students would like to be kept updated throughout the marking process.
Recommendation
Clearly outline to students the exact date of assessment return and communication of the date of return throughout the marking process.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate the aetiology and related cardiac assessment data of congenital cardiac pathologies across the life span of a patient
  2. Explain other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involved in the assessment of congenital heart disease
  3. Contrast echocardiographic views, cardiac assessment techniques and surgical intervention utilised in complex and congenital heart disease
  4. Apply haemodynamic calculations used in complex cardiac assessment
  5. Critically evaluate the treatment options and examination protocol appropriate to different types of congenital heart disease.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac,
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Examination
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Examination