ECHO20004 - Cardiac Clinical Unit 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This graduate clinical unit builds on the skills, knowledge and attitudes developed during the Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology. You will perform diagnostic cardiac ultrasound and other cardiac assessment and analyse the outcomes to specified levels of competency. You will evaluate clinical findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate further investigation within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. Behavioural aspects of professional practice are emphasised and you are expected to reflect on your own performance and exhibit the highest level of safe patient care. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting under qualified supervision. You will apply knowledge of patient safety, risk management and quality improvement to formulate clinically relevant strategies, promoting a safe work environment and departmental best practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


ECHO13007 Cardiac Clinical Unit 3

ECHO13007 Cardiac Clinical Unit 3 must have been successfully completed within the last twelve months. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s) (after completion of technical skill / knowledge revision). Details of this will be articulated in a learning contract created by the Head of Course or designate.

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
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 18-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 37.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 450 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Performance 0%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
5. Case Study 0%
6. Online Quiz(zes) 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 6.90% 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: Student emails.
Students experienced difficulty keeping up with the frequency of submissions required, particularly the clinical attendance forms.
Historically, students have been required to upload attendance forms on a fortnightly basis. The frequency of submissions has been reviewed and the requirement will be reduced to monthly submissions. This strategy will be employed in the next delivery an attempt to have students submit each form by the designated due date.
Action Taken
Clinical attendance forms were submitted monthly alongside the clinical case logbooks. This was effective in decreasing the frequency of issues encountered with late submissions, and therefore will be continued into future deliveries.
Source: Student emails.
Students appreciated the clinically relevant focus of assessment items.
Assessments will continue to incorporate clinically relevant examples and ‘real world’ content in order to develop clinical knowledge in preparation for graduation.
Action Taken
Assessments and tutorials continued to focus on relevant content to support the development of clinical insight and echocardiography knowledge.
Source: SUTE feedback.
Students reported they were not given an opportunity to attend live tutorials.
Zoom tutorials were conducted on Thursday evenings at 8pm AEST. Tutorials were scheduled outside of normal business hours to accommodate students attending clinical placement in a full time capacity. 8pm AEST is likely the most convenient time to accommodate the entire cohort, as students are located across many different time zones (WA, SA, QLD, NSW and VIC). For this reason, tutorials will continue to be scheduled at the same time in future deliveries.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback.
Students have suggested more time between the Zoom presentation and case study submission would be useful.
The Zoom presentation component of the case study assessment was introduced in the current delivery. The timeline between the Zoom presentation and written submission will be reviewed and an extended time frame will be considered in an attempt to minimise student distress.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback.
Students found OSCE preparation tutorials helpful.
The OSCE preparation tutorials will continue in future unit deliveries to assist students with the transition into ECHO20005.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback.
Student feedback states the unit was well laid out and easy to follow.
The unit format will continue in the same method as previous deliveries due to student satisfaction.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform echocardiographic assessment in the clinical context under supervision
  2. Accurately communicate the outcomes of cardiac assessment including consideration of quality assurance
  3. Apply professional behaviour consistent with safe practice
  4. Analyse, and critically reflect upon, clinical cases involving cardiac ultrasound and other assessment techniques
  5. Attend clinical placement as per external accreditation requirements (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry)
  6. Formulate clinically relevant strategies for improvement based on clinical scenarios related to quality improvement, risk management and patient safety culture.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac, Foundation units of competence - 1 - 5.
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 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Performance
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
5 - Case Study
6 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8