MEDS12001 - Physics of Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to the principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation. Ultrasound safety, quality assurance and recognition of artifacts will also be covered. The knowledge and skills learnt from this unit are integral to all concurrent and subsequent sonography and echocardiography units and forms the foundation from which you will build your image acquisition, recognition and assessment skills. You will apply your knowledge and skills of physics principles in the laboratory setting using ultrasound equipment.

Details

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

Prerequisite

MEDI11002 Physics for Health Sciences

Co requisite

MEDS12003 or ECHO12006

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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney

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 Undergraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Laboratory/Practical 0%
3. Online Test 60%

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 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.95% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.43% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students commented that the Lab Manual was a really good assessment as it made them think and allowed them time in the labs to really understand the theory.
Recommendation
Ensure the lab manual is available from beginning of the term, so students have the opportunity to complete the pre-lab readings and study the expected tasks prior to attending the labs.
Action Taken
Lab manual was provided when the Moodle site opened.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students noted that the expectations and requirements for the unit assessments were very clearly explained.
Recommendation
Continue to explain the criteria for each assessment clearly and ensure there is transparency in unit's expectation and requirements as per previous years.
Action Taken
Unit and assessment requirements were explained clearly as in previous years.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students commented that they wished for the first physics lab to be offered earlier in the term, ideally before the first scanning skills lab, so they could get familiarised with the equipment prior to their first scanning skills lab.
Recommendation
Ensure that the first physics lab is offered before the first scanning skills lab. The required change in the lab timetable for 2022 has already been requested to implement this change.
Action Taken
The scheduling of the first lab in both this unit, and the accompanying simulation skills unit were altered.
Source: SUTE student comments
Feedback
The unit is simultaneously delivered to CG91 (Sonography) and CV69 (Echocardiography) students. Some CV69 students feel the unit content needs to be more relatable to their situation.
Recommendation
Consider a cross-discipline approach whereby CV69 staff are more involved in content creation and/or delivery of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE student comments
Feedback
Some students felt that the final lab session was too rushed and they needed increased tutor support as a consequence.
Recommendation
Consider modifying the content or structure of the lab sessions to provide an improved learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE student comments
Feedback
Some students found that lectures were too long and complicated, which created some confusion with new concepts.
Recommendation
Refresh lectures with a focus on providing clear and concise explanations of concepts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the physical principles of diagnostic ultrasound to practical problems
  2. Evaluate the components and performance of diagnostic ultrasound equipment
  3. Apply knowledge of ultrasound physics and practical skills to acquire optimal ultrasound images, with due regard of safe practices
  4. Discuss the principles of ultrasound techniques, Doppler ultrasound and its application in medical ultrasound including safety issues
  5. Interpret the causes of, and apply problem solving skills to reduce, sources of artifacts on an ultrasound image.

This unit will be one of the core units in the Medical Sonography Course which is externally accredited by the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR), an external professional regulatory body. Intended learning outcomes have been linked to:

ASAR Required Graduate Competency Outcomes for General Sonography Accreditation Standards 1.2,

Deliver safe, patient centred services- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Practice within professional and ethical frameworks- 2, 6 and 7

Contribute to workplace health and safety and quality assurance- 2, and 7

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Online Test