MEDS12002 - Abdominal Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit explores the abdomen, specifically normal and pathological ultrasound examinations. Online lectures and interactive Zoom tutorials are used to lay the foundation for this knowledge. Sonography images and scanning videos, both of normal and abnormal abdominal organs, are used to familiarise you with how things appear on ultrasound. This unit prepares you for not only MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1 where you will scan normal abdomens, but also for clinical placement, where patients' pathologies need to be detected by the sonographer. This unit will also allow you to develop the skills required to read and understand patient request forms, including what clinical tests have been done on the presenting patient, and what these tests and results are indicating in terms of areas of concern the referring doctor is looking for in the patient.

Details

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

Prerequisite

MEDS11001 Fundamentals of Sonographic Practice

AND

Prerequisite

MEDS11002 Relational Anatomy and Image Recognition

AND

Corequisite

MEDS12001 Physics of 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 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) 10%
2. Online Test 40%
3. Examination 50%

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

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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: Student feedback
Feedback
The number of assessment items were manageable and conducive to student learning.
Recommendation
Maintain the same assessment style and work load.
Action Taken
The 2019 delivery of Abdominal Ultrasound maintained the same assessment tasks, however, slight changes were made to the set target audience for the first written assessment item. This change promoted the use and understanding of medical terminology.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students embraced and enjoyed the challenge of this theoretically heavy medical sonography unit.
Recommendation
Continue to nurture student needs and requests regarding the delivery of Abdominal Ultrasound.
Action Taken
Abdominal Ultrasound continues to evolve and improve with every delivery. 2019 saw the inclusion of 3D Virtual Reality teaching into the unit for a better student experience.
Source: Unit evaluation, instructor reflection.
Feedback
Students appreciated the well organized and well resourced Moodle site, including Draw-It-To-Know-It.
Recommendation
Maintain Moodle design and range of learning resources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation, instructor reflection.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the newly added component of the written assignment regarding advances in clinical practice.
Recommendation
Maintain this important component of the assignment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Informal student communication, instructor reflection.
Feedback
Some students required additional clarification on the requirements of the written assessment.
Recommendation
Review scoring rubric and provide optional clarification tutorial session.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation.
Feedback
Whilst most students completed the final examination in the time available, some students expressed that they would have preferred to have more time allocated to this task.
Recommendation
Review the examination tool and time allocation.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify anatomical structures and commonly encountered pathologies on sonographic images and videos of the abdomen
  2. Describe anatomical structures and commonly encountered pathologies on sonographic images and videos of the abdomen, using appropriate anatomical and sonographic terminology
  3. Differentiate the clinical indications, sonographic appearance, and aetiology of abdominal pathologies
  4. Classify laboratory data relevant to the abdomen
  5. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a pathological differential diagnosis, and to 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 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test
3 - Examination
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
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test
3 - Examination