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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

AND

ECHO13002

AND

ECHO12005

ECHO13006 AND ECHO13002 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.18% 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 Evaluation
Feedback
Tutorials are scheduled at least 30 minutes too early for students to attend.
Recommendation
Evening tutorials were hosted outside of business hours so that students in multiple time zones could attend. Although the unit coordinator did ask students on multiple occasions for tutorial attendance feedback, no response was given. In the future, the unit coordinator can canvas students for a tutorial time that works for most students across multiple time zones.
Action Taken
Tutorials were conducted outside of business hours at the most appropriate time to suit multiple different time zones. Day and time considerations were amended to accommodate tutorials for the concurrent unit, ECHO13005. Tutorial recordings were posted on Moodle for students to access at their own leisure.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students found the transition from on-campus lab scanning in lab tutorials to scanning real patients quite difficult.
Recommendation
The transition to the clinical world can be a challenge, the purpose of this clinical unit is to expose students to real live patients and to gain experience and to transfer their acquired skills. This information can be reiterated to students at the start of this unit so they are reassured we are only assessing to a beginner level for this unit.
Action Taken
The impact of COVID-19 on on-campus teaching resulted in a significant hiatus in scanning practice for this cohort. Clinical sites were aware of this prior to placement commencement, and students were notified that initial expectations would accommodate their limited scanning experience.
Source: Clinical supervisors
Feedback
Students demonstrated an understanding of anatomy of pathology however but still require improvement.
Recommendation
Students will be encouraged to review topics relevant to anatomy and pathology encountered on placement on a regular basis. Students will be reminded and encouraged to contact the unit coordinator if they encounter difficulty.
Action Taken
Students were advised to submit specific questions prior to tutorial delivery to enable discussion of difficult concepts as required. Students were encouraged to revise relevant content during the time absent from campus due to class cancellations related to COVID-19 restrictions. While this cohort were disadvantaged from a practical skills perspective, they were afforded additional time to focus on revising theoretical components prior to beginning their placement experience. From 2021, tutorials will be conducted on a weekly basis (instead of fortnightly) to include further educational material and specific case reviews.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
4 - Case Study