ECHO13007 - Cardiac Clinical Unit 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical unit will provide opportunities to apply and integrate both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in the clinical environment, independently and under the supervision of qualified professionals. You will consolidate skills in cardiovascular assessment using echocardiography. You will then apply your knowledge to the analysis of the outcomes of cardiac assessment. Analysis of clinical case studies will enable you to provide differential diagnoses, patient management plans and reflection on practice within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. Behavioural aspects of professional practice are emphasised and you are expected to reflect on your own performance and exhibit the highest level of safe patient care. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting under qualified supervision.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

ECHO13006 Adult Echocardiography

AND

ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills OR ECHO13008 Advanced Cardiac Assessment Skills

AND

ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2

Note:

ECHO13006 AND ECHO13002 OR ECHO13008 must have been successfully completed within the last twelve months.

Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s) (after completion of technical skill / knowledge revision).

Details of this will be articulated in a learning contract created by the Head of Course or designate.

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
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 18-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 37.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 450 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
4. Case Study 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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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: Placement evaluation form.
Feedback
Students considered their peers with delayed placement start dates to have an advantage for exams due to significant free time to study.
Recommendation
Review assessment timelines relative to the clinical placement calendar.
Action Taken
The clinical placement window for Cardiac Clinical Unit 3 is large and dependent on industry availability, therefore placements were staggered in 2021. Due to circumstances relating to COVID-19, students were encouraged to accept any opportunity to attend placement in the current environment, regardless of calendar dates or geographical location.
Source: Student emails.
Feedback
Students appreciated guidance provided for case study assessment.
Recommendation
Review the assessment marking rubric and continue to provide support resources to guide students in completion of the assessments.
Action Taken
Appropriate resources and a case study exemplar were provided on Moodle again to guide students in understanding the task description.
Source: Clinical supervisors.
Feedback
Students have difficulty understanding ultrasound referrals and how clinical indications correlate to the examination.
Recommendation
Incorporate relevant content into tutorials to assist students in understanding ultrasound referrals in clinical practice.
Action Taken
A guide to understanding ultrasound referrals was discussed in the first tutorial, providing insight into developing a clinical hypothesis from the most frequently encountered referral indications.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
Students appreciated clinically relevant content included in tutorials.
Recommendation
Clinically relevant content will again be incorporated into tutorial delivery as this provides guidance for students transitioning from campus to the clinical environment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
Students were concerned about deterioration of skills due to significant placement delays.
Recommendation
Numerous manned and unmanned scanning sessions on campus were made available to students awaiting placement allocation to maintain competency. Clinical Supervisors were contacted for those students affected by delayed placement commencement dates to explain the possibility of a temporary decline in skill level due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting opportunities for students. These methods will be employed again if delays continue to impact student placements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform echocardiographic assessment in the clinical context under supervision
  2. Accurately communicate the outcomes of cardiac assessment including consideration of quality assurance
  3. Apply professional behaviour consistent with safe practice
  4. Analyse, and critically reflect on, clinical cases involving various cardiac assessment techniques.

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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
4 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
4 - Case Study