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.


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


MEDS11001 Fundamentals of Sonographic Practice



MEDS11002 Relational Anatomy and Image Recognition

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 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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

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To see assessment details from an earlier availability, please search via a previous term.

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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 60.42% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.92% 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: Unit coordinator reflection
Available timing of tests, including for extension requests, allowed opportunities for academic misconduct to occur.
Investigate modifying timing availability of online assessments and having a separate question bank in case of last-minute extension requests. Students will continue to be informed of what constitutes academic misconduct and the potential consequences
Action Taken
Assessments were limited to the time of the test to reduce the chance of collusion. Multiple question banks were utilised, and students with approved extentions for online tests all sat their delayed test at the same time, which consisted of different questions to those previously used.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection, SUTE comments
Some students' time management skills made it challenging for them to remain up to date with all weekly content and associated quizzes.
Investigate adjusting the timing of all assessments throughout the term.
Action Taken
Online quizzes were available for 48 hours (up from 36 hours) and available until Thursday at 6pm AEST, allowing students more time to complete their weekly studies.
Source: SUTE comments, unit coordinator reflection
Some students did not feel the practise test questions were as difficult as the online tests.
Practise questions will continue to include previous online test questions to ensure relevance, and online tests will be written with this in mind.
Action Taken
Review of practise test and exam questions ensured that they were very comparable with online tests and written examination questions.
Source: SUTE, UC reflection
Some students asked for more worksheet completion activities
More worksheet questions and answers will be included in tutorials to allow students more practise in completing worksheets. This will improve their efficiency in completing them before clinical placement.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE, UC reflection
Students stated that the feedback given by the unit coordinator really helped them to understand where they could improve throughout the term, especially the individual Zoom feedback sessions provided following online tests.
Feedback and feedforward will continue to be delivered throughout the unit. Opportunities for one-on-one Zoom feedback sessions will continue to ensure students have every opportunity for success in this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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