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ECHO28003 - Valvular Heart Disease

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will develop your knowledge of the application of cardiac ultrasound in the assessment of valvular heart disease, preparing you for competent practise in the health workplace as a graduate cardiac sonographer. Knowledge presented will elaborate on the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic heart disease. You will identify the role echocardiography and other cardiac imaging modalities (including cardiac catheterisation, transoesophageal, 3D and stress echo) play in the clinical assessment and management of valvular heart disease, including surgical repair, replacement and prosthetic options. You will analyse diagnostic data, clinical scenarios and case studies, performing qualitative and quantitative haemodynamic assessment. You will identify discordant data and provide differential diagnoses within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


ECHO28002 Assessment of Ventricular Function

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 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Term 1 - 2022 Profile

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Online Test 30%
3. Examination 50%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
5. Case Study 0%

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 - 2021 : 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: SUTE form
Students liked tutorial format.
Continue the same format for tutorials where the initial component reviews important information covered in the weeks' lectures and reading material. The second component then involves a case study discussion of real world examples which incorporate the weeks' learnings.
Action Taken
Source: In class tutorial discussion.
More direction required for Assessment Item 1 - Case Study.
An exemplar of a case study will be uploaded to Moodle at the beginning of term for students to use as a guide.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate between the aetiology, pathophysiology and echocardiographic assessment processes associated with a variety of valvular heart diseases
  2. Critically analyse case-based clinical information to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management
  3. Perform advanced haemodynamic calculations applied to 2D, colour and spectral Doppler derived echocardiographic data, excluding discordant data with justification
  4. Articulate the role of echocardiography in mechanical and bio-prosthetic valve assessment and interventional strategies
  5. Compare and contrast assessment data acquired from a variety of alternate imaging modalities, including cardiac catheterisation, transoesophageal, 3D, and stress echocardiography
  6. Perform diagnostic echocardiographic scans to meet the Competency Standards for the entry level cardiac sonographer.

Linked to the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Accreditation 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 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - Examination
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
5 - Case Study
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - Examination
5 - Case Study
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books