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ECHO28006 - Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit builds on the skills, knowledge and attributes developed during the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound. You will perform diagnostic cardiac ultrasound and analyse the outcomes to meet the profession's 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. You will apply quality assurance assessment strategies and risk evaluation in routine practice to effective positive outcomes. You will be required to demonstrate appropriate clinical exposure and attendance consistent with accrediting body graduate expectations.

Details

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

Pre-requisite:

Completion of 36 credit points of the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound AND

1,500 hours of clinical placement hours documented in the logbook and signed by the Clinical Supervisor.

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 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 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 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. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Case Study 40%
4. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 60%
5. Practical Assessment 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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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. Critically evaluate the outcomes of cardiac assessment, using a broad body of knowledge, to solve complex diagnostic problems
  3. Demonstrate professional behaviour using appropriate professional and personal skills to practice as an entry level cardiac sonographer (echocardiographer)
  4. Analyse, and critically reflect upon, clinical cases involving cardiac ultrasound and other assessment techniques
  5. Apply quality assurance and risk assessment strategies to effect positive outcomes in clinical practice.

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
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Case Study
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
5 - Practical Assessment
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
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Case Study
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
5 - Practical Assessment