ECHO13006 - Adult Echocardiography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Accurate analysis and assessment of complex cardiovascular disease and their pathological processes is a core part of all echocardiographic examinations. In preparation for clinical placement you will attain the knowledge and skills needed to analyse complex cardiovascular disease. This will include consideration of the echocardiographic generated images and assessment measures, haemodynamic calculations, pressures and valve prosthetics. You will apply knowledge to practical echocardiographic tasks in the laboratory setting, and utilise simulated clinical scenarios and case studies to analyse diagnostic data to provide differential diagnoses within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will demonstrate the professional knowledge, attitude and skills required to perform a complete echocardiographic study within a time frame related to clinical expectations. This unit prepares you for the clinical environment using the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical tool (ARC) in conjunction with other assessment tasks. Attendance at practical activities is a requirement of this unit.

Details

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

Prerequisite

MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology

AND

ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment

AND

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 - 2020

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Brisbane
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Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Perth
Sydney

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. In-class Test(s) 100%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Performance 0%
4. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%

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: Emails, unit evaluations
Feedback
Laboratory sessions were well organised.
Recommendation
Sessions within the laboratory were developed to complement and reinforce theoretical delivery. This format will be continued in 2019, along with the addition of routine blood pressure and ECG performance to hone practical skills necessary for clinical placement. Staff will continue to incorporate cases studies into QLab sessions, reinforcing key pathological concepts being taught.
Action Taken
Laboratory sessions followed previous format as this was well received and students performed well in previous delivery. New, high quality, case studies were utilised for QLAB sessions and tutorial content.
Source: Emails, unit evaluations
Feedback
Content was well structured, and tutorials were interactive.
Recommendation
Content was broken down into small lectures to facilitate the absorption of complex pathological topics. Tutorial presentations were frequently based on case studies, to foster the development of clinical reasoning, and to demonstrate the practical relevance of theory being taught. This approach will again be adopted in 2019.
Action Taken
First 5 weeks of content lectures were updated. Tutorial sessions were developed to be interactive however poor student attendance meant sessions were didactic in nature.
Source: Emails, unit evaluations
Feedback
Group work assessment tasks were challenging, and students found it hard to negotiate with peers who did not provide an equitable contribution.
Recommendation
The assessment resources will be revised to include further guidance to students regarding workload distribution and responsibilities. Moving forward, greater emphasis will be placed on a member's contribution in the SPA assessment.
Action Taken
The assessment strategies were revised for 2019 and group assessment tasks were removed.
Source: Unit evaluations, Emails
Feedback
Assessment feedback and response to student questions were always timely so students had the opportunity to assimilate the information before exams.
Recommendation
Continue to prioritise feedback and answering students questions in a timely fashion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, Emails, Self Reflection
Feedback
Practical scanning and QLab content was linked to lecture content for the same week. Students often have not reviewed this content prior to these sessions.
Recommendation
Practical scanning and QLab content will follow one week behind theoretical content in future delivery, giving students ample opportunity to review the relevant material prior to QLab and practical scanning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, Self Reflection
Feedback
Content delivered by CQ University staff by was broken into manageable chunks and tutorials included real case studies to reinforce content. Students struggled with content by guest lecturers as it was delivered in a different style.
Recommendation
Much of 2019 content was broken down into small lectures to facilitate the absorption of complex pathological topics. This process will be expanded to guest lectures for future delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations
Feedback
Weekly short QLab presentations of interesting images relevant to the weekly topic helped to solidify theoretical components.Short presentations delivered between QLab and Practical scanning sessions were introduced in 2019. This was well received and exposed students to the echocardiographic appearance of many different disease processes (both rare and common) relevant to theoretical content.
Recommendation
This will continue in 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, email
Feedback
Practice questions with weekly Qlab and practical scanning sessions were useful for revision. Other revisions questions were multiple choice format however examinations were long answer format.
Recommendation
More long-answer questions will be incorporated as revision material.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate between the aetiology, pathophysiology and echocardiographic assessment process associated with a variety of cardiovascular disease processes
  2. Perform and interpret measurements and advanced haemodynamic calculations applied to 2D, colour and spectral Doppler derived echocardiographic measures
  3. Differentiate prosthetic valve and valvular surgical intervention functionality and disease processes
  4. Analyse case-based clinical information to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management
  5. Perform an echocardiographic examination efficiently and effectively
  6. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice
  7. Apply constructive feedback to professional practice improvement.

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 6 7
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Performance
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Performance
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment