ECHO13008 - Advanced Cardiac Assessment Skills

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of several advanced echocardiographic and cardiac catheterisation procedures and alternative cardiac testing modalities including MRI, CT and Nuclear medicine. You will apply this knowledge to a variety of common cardiovascular pathologies frequently first assessed with echocardiography, within the setting of best practice and patient safety. You will evaluate a variety of cardiac assessment data, formulating differential diagnoses and management strategies.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment

AND

ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1

AND

ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2

AND

Co-requisite:

ECHO13006 Adult Echocardiography


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 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

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 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 40%
2. Online Test 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 1.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.07% 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 survey
Feedback
Students appreciated the relevance of learning about alternative testing modalities and their applications clinically, to support echocardiographic assessment
Recommendation
Content resources and clinical cases will continue to be developed, refined, and implemented to contextualize delivery, demonstrating the relevance of content to clinical practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students reported the audio quality of many lectures impacted their learning and engagement.
Recommendation
Lectures will be redeveloped. Lecture recordings will be checked to ensure appropriate sound quality prior to publishing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students reported that their learning experience was impacted because recommended reading resources were excessive, lecture recordings were brief, and content was not evenly delivered across term weeks.
Recommendation
Lectures will be redeveloped with the inclusion of clearly defined weekly learning objectives. Lectures will be chunked into a series of short weekly presentations. Content delivery will be reviewed and delivered at a consistent rate throughout the term. Provided reading resources will be condensed and scrutinized to ensure they enhance learning rather than clouding objectives with surplus information.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Some students found the group task challenging, citing difficulties managing group dynamics and individual responsibilities remotely.
Recommendation
This assessment item will be unpacked with additional resources to clarify individual obligations and relevance to clinical practice. The importance of social innovation will be highlighted, along with the need to be able to work and communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary team upon graduation. The assessment rubric will be reviewed to see if additional clarification can be incorporated surrounding individual student responsibilities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the clinical assessment and management strategy for a variety of cardiac conditions, with consideration of pathophysiological processes, best practice guidelines and patient safety
  2. Compare and contrast the methodology and outcomes of various cardiac assessment modalities, identifying discordant data
  3. Analyse case-based cardiac assessment data to formulate differential diagnoses
  4. Demonstrate professional communication skills.

Linked to the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Register Standards for Cardiac Sonography:

Foundation Units of Competence

  • Unit 1: Deliver safe, patient centred service
  • Unit 2: Practice within professional and ethical frameworks
  • Unit 3: Locate, analyse and synthesise information to support evidence based practice
  • Unit 4: Contribute to workplace health and safety and quality assurance
  • Unit 5: Communicate effectively

Critical Practice Unit of Competence

  • Unit 8: Cardiac

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Online Test
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
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 - Group Work
2 - Online Test