ECHO20003 - Fetal Echocardiography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Both echocardiographers and sonographers require expertise in fetal echocardiography. This unit will cover fetal cardiac structure, function, pathophysiology and scanning techniques at an advanced level. During this unit you will progress through standard heart views to focus on the ultrasound appearance and Doppler haemodynamics of congenital and acquired cardiac abnormalities and common syndromes. You will develop the ability to recognise fetal arrhythmias. You will acquire knowledge of advanced imaging techniques tailored to fetal echocardiography including spatio-temporal imaging correlation (STIC), 3D and 4D colour Doppler, tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and some common cardiac physiological measurements.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:

Students must be enrolled in
CV83 Master of Medical Ultrasound

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 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 Postgraduate 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. Portfolio 50%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 50%

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 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 72.73% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the use of real life examples of fetal congenital heart disease which helped reinforce their learning.
Recommendation
Retain and source further examples of fetal congenital heart disease cases to use during lectures and Zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Examples of fetal congenital heart defects were presented and discussed at the fortnightly Zoom tutorials.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciated the challenge provided by the detailed lectures and learning.
Recommendation
Continue to provide detailed and challenging learning. Review the learning material to ensure it is current.
Action Taken
Unit content was reviewed for currency and lectures were tailored to the advanced practitioner to challenge and enhance learning.
Source: Have Your Say and email
Feedback
Students would like the quizzes to be assessable. They commented they would prefer to be able to provide more information in the form of speaker notes in the portfolio.
Recommendation
Review assessment item types and requirements.
Action Taken
Fortnightly quizzes were made assessable and assigned a 50% weighting. The portfolio's focus was changed to reflect assessment of an abnormality only, to enable students to provide more information within the word limit.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students liked the presentations and lectures structured in the same format each week.
Recommendation
Continue to structure presentations and lectures in a similar format to provide consistency in teaching and learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students liked the fortnightly quizzes and the presentation skills the portfolio taught them.
Recommendation
Retain the quizzes and ensure they are aligned to the teaching content so students can learn from them. Retain the portfolio as a presentation suitable for delivery at an educational meeting or conference.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students would like more immediate feedback on the quizzes.
Recommendation
Investigate the best way to provide feedback on quiz answers.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate the aetiology and Doppler haemodynamics of fetal cardiac abnormalities
  2. Contrast typical 2-D and Doppler fetal echocardiographic views used to assess the fetal heart
  3. Evaluate existing and emerging technology and diagnostic parameters in fetal echocardiography
  4. Apply critical thinking to fetal cardiac assessment.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac
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 - Portfolio
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Online Quiz(zes)