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 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
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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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 26.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.30% 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: SUTE
Some students found guidance provided under the assessment tile to be insufficient.
The assessment tile within Moodle will be redesigned to include additional guidance in unpacking the assessments. The importance of reviewing the published E unit profile will be highlighted, including where it can be accessed from on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
The assessment tile was redesigned to include additional guidance related to the assessments. A one-on-one tutorial was provided to each group to go through the expectation for the assessment.
Source: SUTE
Some students struggled to see relevance in unit content.
Tutorials will be further developed to include examples of real-world applications of the topics being taught. Case studies will be implemented to help students with their learning
Action Taken
Real-world examples were included in the tutorials to help students with their learning.
Source: SUITE
Some students found generalised assessment feedback not useful.
Opportunity for individual engagement with the unit coordinator through an informal consultation will be promoted.
Action Taken
Informal consultation with the unit coordinator was promoted, however, few students took up the opportunity to engage with the unit coordinator one on one.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation and Self-Reflection
Students would like more real-world examples provided.
More real-world examples will be provided to students to help them with their knowledge. Review the effectiveness of the learning materials provided for the unit and incorporate additional real-life examples to enhance students' knowledge development in this unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Provide more useful feedback.
Try to encourage students to engage with the unit coordinator for an informal consult regarding their results. Provide feedback in a different format. This year feedback was provided as a video recording. Students may prefer feedback in a written format.
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
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
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 10