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.


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


ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1 OR ECHO12007 Cardiac Rhythm Assessment


ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment OR ECHO12008 Doppler Echocardiography


ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2



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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile

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. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Group Work 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 1.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32% 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
Students appreciated the relevance of learning about alternative testing modalities and their applications clinically, to support echocardiographic assessment
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
Content was revised and delivered to demonstrate the relevance of the content to clinical placements.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Students reported the audio quality of many lectures impacted their learning and engagement.
Lectures will be redeveloped. Lecture recordings will be checked to ensure appropriate sound quality prior to publishing.
Action Taken
Lectures were redeveloped and better sound recording equipment used.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
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.
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
Lectures were redeveloped with clear learning objectives addressed at the beginning of the lecture. The lectures were broken into a series of lectures that were presented each week to help facilitate students learning of the topic being presented. Reading material was condensed to provide students with material pertinent to the topic being presented.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Some students found the group task challenging, citing difficulties managing group dynamics and individual responsibilities remotely.
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
The group assessment was redeveloped to promote social innovation and communication skills within a multidisciplinary team. The assessments required students to assess the cardiac disease they were allocated, with various multi-modalities, and to analyse the benefits of having these multi-modalities available for patients. They were also encouraged to communicate with their peers across the country to allow for diversity within the group.
Source: Unit evaluation
The content presented in this unit is interesting and beneficial in the progression of our career.
The content within this unit will continue to be revised to maintain clinical relevance for the students. The relevance of the content to clinical practice and professional development within echocardiography will be more clearly emphasized to the students.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation
Students found the lecture slides overwhelming they felt too much content was included on them.
The lecture slides will be reviewed and rewritten where appropriate so that students are not overwhelmed by the content that is being provided to them.
Action Taken
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
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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