MEDS12002 - Abdominal Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit explores the sonographic assessment of normal and pathological abdominal structures. Lectures and interactive tutorials, incorporating clinical narratives, are used to lay the foundations for you to analyse clinical scenarios. These scenarios are used to engage you in the sonographic decision-making process which culminates in the creation of a sonographers' interpretive report, including research into related sonographic pathologies.


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


MEDS11001 Fundamentals of Sonographic Practice


Prerequisite MEDS11002 Relational Anatomy and Image Recognition



MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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 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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32.79% 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: Self Reflection: It is evident from the distribution of grades that students can clearly cope with the allocated work load allocated to them in this unit delivery. Abdominal Ultrasound is a core foundational theoretical unit which offers essential materials for second year clinical placement. MEDS12002 carries a heavy theoretical loading, however, delivers only the essential anatomical, pathological and scanning skills necessary to becoming a novice sonographer.
Comments on unit loading
Being the unit coordinator for MEDS12002 over the past triennium, I feel that necessary changes have been implemented in the structure of the syllabus, however, would like to see the removal of the current assessment item and the implementation of the stated summative quizzes to reiterate weekly teachings to reinforce student learning.
Action Taken
This year the number of Zoom Collaborate tutorial sessions were increased to assist students with their reconciliation of pedagogical materials, assignment and examination preparations. The increased zoom sessions also provided deeper clarification of the Abdominal Ultrasound learning objectives. This year students performed exceptionally well in their assessment item and enjoyed the formative quizzes which contributed significantly to their learning.
Source: Student feedback
The number of assessment items were manageable and conducive to student learning.
Maintain the same assessment style and work load.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Students embraced and enjoyed the challenge of this theoretically heavy medical sonography unit.
Continue to nurture student needs and requests regarding the delivery of Abdominal Ultrasound.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe anatomical structures on sonographic images of the abdomen
  2. Differentiate the clinical appearance, sonographic appearance and aetiology of abdominal pathologies
  3. Classify laboratory data relevant to the abdomen
  4. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a pathological differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.

The learning outcomes for this unit relate to the requirements of the Australasian Sonographer's Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination