MEDS12004 - Sonographic Skills Development 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit prepares you for the clinical workplace through the development of skills in sonographic scanning techniques for the abdomen and transabdominal male and female pelvis. You will be required to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours needed to work in a clinical setting, and will be assessed within a simulated environment. This unit prepares you for entry into the sonographic clinical environment using the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical tool (ARC) in conjunction with other assessment tasks. Condition: Continued enrolment in MEDS12004 is conditional upon passing any outstanding assessment pieces in MEDS12001 and MEDS12002 and MEDS12003. The opportunities to repeat this quota-based unit are limited and may require relocation to another campus, as determined by the discipline lead.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound

AND

MEDS12002 - Abdominal Ultrasound

AND

MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

Co-requisites:

MEDS12006 Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

Condition: Continued enrolment in MEDS12004 is conditional upon passing any outstanding assessment pieces in MEDS12001 and MEDS12002 and MEDS12003.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
4. Written Assessment 0%
5. 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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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 and Unit Coordinator reflection.
Feedback
Some students preferred scanning guides with split screen showing ultrasound imaging plus probe position, similar to guide videos provided in previous years.
Recommendation
Consider reintroducing scanning videos with modified split screen for 2020.
Action Taken
The scanning videos with the modified split screen showing both the imaging plus the probe position in real time were reintroduced this year.
Source: Student feedback and Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
The introduction of a skills test in week 5 was well received by the students. Students also like the pelvis assessment as it is a less stressful method of assessment.
Recommendation
Continue Liver Skills test and Pelvic Assessment in current form.
Action Taken
The Pelvic Assessment continued to be offered in the current form. The skills test in week 5 was removed due to the condensed format of this unit this year due to delays and restrictions associated with COVID.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
Reintroduce scanning skills test in week 5
Recommendation
Consider reintroducing the skills test in week 5, as it is a valuable opportunity for feedback for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
Modified abdomen protocol for 2020 delivery should be returned to the previous protocol for 2021
Recommendation
The protocol for abdomen was modified due to delayed delivery of this unit The longer protocol should be used in 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
A physiotherapist developed strength training program that was made available to students had positive results.
Recommendation
Consider continuing working with the Physiotherapy program for future delivery of this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to complete sonographic examinations of the abdominal and male and female pelvic organs.
  2. Recognise the normal sonographic appearances of abdominal and pelvic organs and identify anatomical variants when present, and discriminate from pathological processes.
  3. Critically reflect and improve upon own professional practice and sonographic psychomotor skills utilising constructive feedback.
  4. Display professional behaviour, teamwork, communication skills and criteria to meet safe sonographic practice and industry expectation.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer

Units: 1,2,4,5,6 & 10

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment
5 - On-campus Activity
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
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment
5 - On-campus Activity