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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 SCA 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 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 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) 40%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Performance 0%
4. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
5. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44% 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
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
Assessment included two in-class on-line tests. The first test ensured students had sufficient foundational knowledge before progressing to more complex concepts later in the term.
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
Lectures were consistent and weekly content was delivered in multiple smaller segments to facilitate successful comprehension of complex concepts.
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
Test duration is closely linked to promotion of content comprehension and recall. Allotted time was reviewed and deemed appropriate to assess student understanding and information recall. Future deliveries will likely follow a similar format to this delivery but faculty will continue to consider test content when deciding test duration.
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
Tutorials were interactive and focused on real-life examples of unit topics. Recognising the advantages of clinical interpretation alongside theory delivery, tutorials will continue in this manner.
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
Many lectures were updated, following a framework for consistency.
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
Faculty continued to actively maintain student communication. With unit coordinator handover at the end of term, efficient student communication followed through.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
In-class tests asked questions that were clinically relevant and they allowed students to demonstrate comprehension of pathology and advanced echocardiographic techniques.
Recommendation
In-class tests rather than online tests are more appropriate for this capstone unit, prior to students entering into clinical placement units. Students recognise the necessity for comprehension of concepts, rather than rote learning facts. Test assessments will continue to be held in-class and will focus on analysis of echocardiographic concepts and interpretation of pathological processes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
Short video presentations before weekly QLAB sessions were very useful and ensured students across all campuses knew the weekly learning objectives.
Recommendation
Short video presentations, targeting theoretical concepts to be put into practice in weekly lab sessions, will continue in 2022 delivery. This will ensure clear weekly learning objectives and equitable delivery across campuses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
Direction and feedback from lab tutors was sometimes inconsistent.
Recommendation
The teaching team will ensure all casual staff are properly oriented to CQU standards. The unit coordinator will ensure clear student learning objectives are relayed to casual staff.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
Unmanned sessions run during the week as well as the weekend would benefit student attendance. Opening sessions to second and third years in tandem could allow for greater flexibility in scheduling.
Recommendation
Lab scheduling is limited by student numbers, equitable delivery across campuses and sometimes disruptions to standard schedules due to COVID-19. The teaching team will continue to offer maximal lab access to students. Combined second and third year sessions will be considered.
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 the outcomes of advanced haemodynamic calculations applied to 2D, colour and spectral Doppler derived echocardiographic measures
  3. Differentiate between mechanical and bioprosthetic valve functionality
  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
5 - Examination
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
5 - Examination