ECHO28008 - Cardiomyopathies, Aortopathies and Cardiac Masses

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will develop your knowledge of the application of cardiac ultrasound in the assessment of a variety of disease processes including cardiomyopathies, diseases of the aorta and cardiac masses, preparing you for competent practice in the health workplace as a graduate cardiac sonographer. Knowledge presented will elaborate on the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentations of these disease states. You will discuss the role of the various cardiac imaging modalities in the clinical assessment of these disease states. Through discussions of clinical scenarios and case studies you will analyse diagnostic 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


ECHO28001 Cardiac Imaging, Haemodynamics and Pharmacotherapy AND

ECHO28007 Cardiac Anatomy and Pathophysiology


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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 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 Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Online Test 50%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Moodle unit evaluation
Students found the amount of content presented in some weeks overwhelming.
Distribution of content will be adjusted so that there is a more even level of content delivered weekly throughout the term.
Action Taken
The distribution of content was adjusted to even the level of content delivered each week.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Students found case studies presented during tutorials useful as this contextualised theory learnt that week.
Case studies will continue to be used throughout the unit delivery, to practically illustrate the application of content.
Action Taken
Case studies were further developed to allow for greater contextualization of theoretical content.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation survey
The lectures were concise lectures without over-saturating course content.
The lectures in the course will continue to be developed and updated to ensure pertinent information is presented.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation survey
Students find it hard to know if their practical skills are developing appropriately and in a timely fashion, given clinical training approach can vary widely in various industry settings.
Further guidance will be developed and provided to students upon course and unit enrolment.
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 cardiovascular diseases
  2. Analyse case-based clinical information to formulate differential diagnoses and plan patient management
  3. Compare and contrast cardiac assessment data acquired from a variety of cardiac imaging modalities
  4. Engage in cardiac ultrasound practice as per external accreditation requirements (Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry).

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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Test
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
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 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Test
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books