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 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. 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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 56.52% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 26.44% 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: 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
Continued the delivery and format of the practical sonography scanning labs.
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
Delivered the unit in the CQU renew Moodle tile template for improved student navigation. A Moodle navigation guide was provided through the Welcome video at the start of the term.
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
Continued the frequency and teaching style for the tutorials provided in this unit.
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
The first physics lab (MEDS12001) was scheduled one week after the lab induction/orientation and before lab one of MEDS12003.
Source: SUTE student survey communication
Feedback
Students required more clarification on certain objectives often specific to scanning skill requirements.
Recommendation
Consider increased inter-campus communication via Moodle between Unit Co-Ordinator, students, and teaching staff. It is recommended to address all frequently asked questions (and the appropriate responses) with all students as well as teaching staff to minimise confusion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email
Feedback
Students found the response to queries very thorough and clear.
Recommendation
Maintain the structure and style and depth in responses to student queries.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
The marking criteria in terms of critical and non-critical needs to be more specific.
Recommendation
Upon reflection, a clearer definition of the criteria of critical and non-critical items in each section of the practical assessment would assist the grading process.
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
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - On-campus Activity
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
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity
3 - Online Quiz(zes)