MEDS12003 - Superficial Structures in Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit explores the sonographic assessment of normal and pathological superficial structures. You will apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and embryology to conduct sonographic examinations of superficial structures in the laboratory setting as well as utilising simulated clinical scenarios and case studies to critically reflect on sonographic problems. Development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform an ultrasound examination of the thyroid will be assessed within a simulated environment.

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

MEDS11001 Fundamentals of Sonographic Practice

and

MEDS11002 Relational Anatomy and Image Recognition OR MEDI11003 Relational Anatomy

and

Corequisites

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 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

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 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.1% 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 would like lectures to represent a variety of learning styles.
Recommendation
Consider revising these pre-recorded lectures to be more accommodating to different learning styles.
Action Taken
Lectures contained explanations of content in further depth and used visual diagrams and up-to-date sonographic images.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students were unclear of the role of ‘additional readings’ in the learning strategy
Recommendation
Clarify the role of additional reading as a core, not just suggested, learning activity.
Action Taken
Attempts were made to clarify the role of additional readings.
Source: Have your say and emails
Feedback
The students thoroughly enjoyed the tutorials provided.
Recommendation
To continue providing 'clinical case study' tutorials to allow more pathology and normal anatomy recognition.
Action Taken
Tutorials were provided that included "clinical case study" discussions. The normal anatomy was defined and identified on sonographic images. In addition, the sonographic appearances and demonstration of pathology on documented images was highlighted. Furthermore, the frequency of tutorials throughout the term was increased.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The students enjoy the structure and outline of the practical labs
Recommendation
To continue this outline and structure of the practical components for future deliveries of this unit.
Action Taken
The structure of practical sonographic labs was continued in a similar format to previous years. In addition, extra time in which students were able to attend labs for further sonographic scanning practice was provided.
Source: Student communication
Feedback
The students have appreciated the prompt response for student queries via Q&A and emails.
Recommendation
To continue to deliver prompt tutor-student communication and engagement throughout the term.
Action Taken
Communication to all students via the Q and A forum and replies to student emails from the unit coordinator was prompt.
Source: SUTE survey student communication
Feedback
Students enjoyed the scanning/lab portion of the unit.
Recommendation
Students report that they enjoy the sonographic practical scanning component of the unit. Maintain current practical sonographic scanning labs in the current format within this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE survey student communication
Feedback
Moodle Page navigation needs to be more streamline so that it is easier to navigate.
Recommendation
Re-design the Moodle layout of this unit to allow it to be easier for students to navigate. Ensure adherence to the most up-to-date CQU renew Moodle tile template.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE survey student communication
Feedback
Students found the tutorials very well-structured and informative.
Recommendation
Maintain the frequency, content and teaching style of these tutorials for future deliveries of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE survey student communication
Feedback
Students identified the need for the first Physics (MEDS12001) lab to be scheduled before lab one of MEDS12003, so that they could be better prepared for MEDS12003 labs.
Recommendation
Consider scheduling the first Physics (MEDS12001) lab after the week one lab induction/orientation but before lab one of MEDS12003 for a more beneficial outcome.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and embryology of superficial structures to the sonographic examination.
  2. Differentiate the clinical appearance, sonographic appearance and aetiology of pathologies of superficial structures.
  3. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.
  4. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform a sonographic examination of the thyroid.
  5. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills and criteria to meet safe sonographic practice

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
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity
3 - Online Quiz(zes)