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

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Perth
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 79.41% 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
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
Timely general feedback was given to the unit cohort after both on-line assessments.
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
Scanning laboratories were scheduled after the relevant content delivery.
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
All lectures previously delivered by guest lecturers have been replaced. Content continues to be broken down into manageable chunks. Tutorial delivery focused on real case studies to reinforce theoretic knowledge delivered in lectures.
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
Weekly short QLAB presentations were delivered whilst labs were held on campus. This was incorporated into tutorial when labs were cancelled due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The presentations will occur during labs once again in 2021.
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
Revision material included a range of question formats including multiple choice, short answer, long answer and image interpretation. This will continue in 2021.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The term was broken into two separate tests which aided learning and prevented cramming.
Recommendation
Content will continue to be assessed over multiple tests.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Lecture slides were very organised containing broken-down information from the textbooks and other sources. Active and purposeful teaching was delivered.
Recommendation
Content will continue to be developed delivered and in this manner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The duration of the on-line test did not allow for long to think about the answer.
Recommendation
The duration of the online test will be reviewed to ensure sufficient time is allocated, whilst still promoting recall of information.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The tutorials by the Unit Coordinator explained things in a casual and conversational manner without adding excessive jargon. The use of examples made learning easier and more interesting.
Recommendation
Tutorials will continue to be interactive and aim to contextualise the theory learned in the lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations Self Reflection
Feedback
The teaching style changed significantly between lecturers in the second half of the term. Consistency of delivery would aid in learning.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will provide a framework for presentations to be used for consistency.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The unit coordinator is always willing to help, replies to emails fast and very fast at returning marking.
Recommendation
Faculty will continue to be 'present' for students and maintain efficient communication.
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