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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 Not Applicable
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

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 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

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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" unit Moodle site.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the fortnightly quiz and the portfolio that helped them engage with the learning material.
Recommendation
Retain the fortnightly quizzes which will become formative. Continue with the summative portfolio.
Action Taken
Fortnightly formative quizzes were retained.
Source: "Have your say" unit Moodle site.
Feedback
Students liked the detailed rubrics which clearly detailed the structure of the assessment item requirements.
Recommendation
Review rubrics to ensure currency with assessment items and to ensure students new to recent postgraduate education have a clear marking guideline to follow.
Action Taken
Rubrics were reviewed and updated as required.
Source: "Have your say" unit Moodle site.
Feedback
Students really enjoyed the use of "real life" videos of fetal cardiac pathology and the inclusion of interesting cases in the Zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
Continue to source and use videos of fetal heart pathology that aligns with the teaching material for use in this unit. Develop further interactive Zoom tutorials that align with the previous teaching material or extend the students' learning.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorials included real life cases and videos.
Source: "Have your say" unit Moodle site.
Feedback
Students would like to see instructional videos of new technological advances in fetal echocardiography included on the unit Moodle site.
Recommendation
Investigate developing videos demonstrating new fetal echocardiography technology for inclusion on the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Videos of new technology were collected and used in teaching material. Ultrasound companies were contacted and supplied information on new technology.
Source: "Have your say" unit Moodle site.
Feedback
Students new to current postgraduate education would like more information and help on how to compose and write a journal article.
Recommendation
Provide information on how to compose and write a journal article on the unit Moodle site and at Zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Assessment item information and instructions on how to write a journal article were covered in Zoom tutorials and via email.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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