ECHO20005 - Cardiac Clinical Unit 5

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 to meet the professions Competency Standards for the Entry-Level Cardiac Sonographer. You will evaluate clinical findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate further investigation within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety. You will apply appropriate professional and interpersonal skills to echocardiographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity postgraduate attributes and requirements for external professional accreditation. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting under qualified supervision.

Details

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

Prerequisite

ECHO20004 Cardiac Clinical Unit 4

ECHO20004 Cardiac Clinical Unit 4 must have been successfully completed within the last nine 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 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. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
4. Case Study 0%
5. Professional Practice Placement 0%
6. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 24.24% 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 Evaluations
Feedback
Tutorials included real world examples of pathology and commentary aimed at engaging students at all levels of understanding. This either confirmed knowledge or highlighted what needed revising.
Recommendation
Tutorials will continue to focus on clinical cases linked with theoretical knowledge. The aim of developing clinical reasoning, interpretation and revision in preparation for the OSCE's.
Action Taken
Tutorials retained the same format.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Feedback was provided at every stage of the unit via responses to e-mailed questions, submitted case studies, and general reminders and tips were provided on the Moodle page.
Recommendation
Feedback and tips to improve clinical skills will continue to be provided.
Action Taken
Feedback was timely and consistent throughout the term, despite COVID disruptions. Multiple mediums were used (Moodle forum posts, emails, phone calls, personal Zoom meetings in addition to formal assessment feedback and weekly group tutorials) to accommodate different student experiences.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Tutorial times were scheduled too late in the day after a full day on clinical placement.
Recommendation
Review the timing of delivery so that it is not too late in the day after a full day of clinical work whilst on placement.
Action Taken
Tutorial timings were alternated fortnightly (7pm and 8pm AEST) to accommodate daylight savings and to afford Perth, Brisbane and Sydney students equal opportunity to attend tutorials outside of clinical placement hours.
Source: WIL Placement Evaluation Forms
Feedback
Clinical cases were shared a few days prior to each tutorial so students had the opportunity to review and formulate answers. These should be shared a week before each tutorial so the weekends can be used for revision.
Recommendation
The timing each tutorial will reviewed to allow for adequate revision time.
Action Taken
Pre-tutorial videos were made available from the initial opening of the Moodle site. Forum posts prompted students to view these short videos before Zoom sessions.
Source: Moodle Student Unit and Teaching survey, WIL Placement Evaluation form.
Feedback
Case studies reinforced concepts and provided valuable feedback.
Recommendation
Case studies will continue to provide a significant degree of feedback. Formulating hypotheses, critiquing scanning and measurement technique, recognising limitations and discussing pathophysiological processes in the context of real life pathology are all important concepts to prepare students in their Echocardiography career and to prepare them for their final Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: In-class (Zoom tutorial) feedback.
Feedback
Tutorials were interactive and focused on interpretation of real clinical case studies. This approach helped put theoretical knowledge into clinical perspective.
Recommendation
Continue with similar format for 2022 tutorial delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email feedback.
Feedback
Queries and concerns were responded to promptly.
Recommendation
The complexity of delivering a clinical unit when COVID disruptions are ever-present necessitates clear and prompt communication and this approach will continue in future deliveries.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform diagnostic echocardiographic scans to meet the Competency Standards for the Entry Level Cardiac Sonographer
  2. Evaluate the outcomes of cardiac assessment, using a broad body of knowledge, to solve complex diagnostic problems
  3. Behave professionally, using appropriate professional and personal skills to practice as an echocardiographer and cardiac physiologist (cardiac scientist)
  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).

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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Performance
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
4 - Case Study
5 - Professional Practice Placement
6 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Performance
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
4 - Case Study
6 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
5 - Professional Practice Placement