Accurate assessment of cardiac function requires you to assemble a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and ultrasonic appearance of the heart, lungs and surrounding structures. By studying concepts of general pathology, cardiac structure and function, thoracic anatomy and physiology in this unit, you will gain the necessary knowledge to underpin your studies in the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound. This unit will build on introductory knowledge, through the discussion of signs and symptoms of cardiac disease, cardiac auscultation, and the application and interpretation of other diagnostic procedures such as an electrocardiogram (ECG). Through attendance at an intensive on-campus scanning workshop, you will be provided with theoretical knowledge and practical skills regarding echocardiographic image acquisition and scanning techniques for the adult heart, including the application of M-mode, spectral and colour Doppler.
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|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
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Enrolment in CL74 Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound
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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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).
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.
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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%).
All University policies are available on the Policy web site, however you may wish to directly view the following policies below.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of policies are available on the Policy web site .
Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.
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.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Linked to the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography:
Foundation Units of Competence
Critical Practice Unit of Competence
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