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 - 2022

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Online Test 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 6.82% 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: 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
Lecture content was reviewed and case studies were presented in the tutorials.
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
Unit content was opened early to accommodate student commitments in other units. Tutorials were scheduled at a time agreed upon by the majority of the students.
Source: Moodle student and unit evaluations
Feedback
The lectures delivered by international speaker Cathy West were engaging, fascinating and suitable for our students.
Recommendation
Support from guest presenters will continue to be sought to facilitate currency and international perspective.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student and unit evaluations
Feedback
The unit coordinator's tutorials were well constructed especially the image interpretation exercises and explanations.
Recommendation
The inclusion of image interpretation will continue to be developed and utilised to assist with learning and understanding of the content.
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 - Online Test
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test