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 paediatric 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 SCA 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 OR ECHO13008 Advanced Cardiac Assessment Skills

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 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 41.18% 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 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
Weekly tutorials were provided to students in association with additional revision material where appropriate.
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
Tutorials maintained the same format to facilitate students learning of the content
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
The tutorial timing was adjusted to accommodate students in all states however some students still found attendance difficult alongside clinical placement.
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
Student and assessment expectations were elaborated upon in the Enuit profile and through unit forum posts throughout term. Generalized assessment feedback was provided to all students with the option for individual feedback when requested, consistent with assessment policy and procedure.
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
Students were kept informed regarding assessment return date through Moodle.
Source: Moodle student and unit evaluations
Feedback
Lectures were really informative and easy to watch, with main take home messages easily identifiable.
Recommendation
Lectures will continue to be reviewed and developed, with the incorporation of case studies discussions to provide practical examples of complex pathologies.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student and unit evaluations
Feedback
Students reported conflicting priorities whilst undertaking clinical placement at the same time this unit is delivered. Clinical placement hindered engagement with unit content and tutorial attendance.
Recommendation
In an attempt to enable students on clinical placement to better juggle study commitments, the feasibility of unit content being opened several weeks in advance of scheduled weekly delivery and tutorial review will be explored. Whilst recorded, the time scheduled for tutorial delivery will also be reviewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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