MEDS12004 - Sonographic Skills Development 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit prepares you for the clinical workplace through the development of skills in scanning techniques for the abdomen and transabdominal 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 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 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 1

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 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 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

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.12% 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: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students asked that the ARC tool and the scanning video guides match the protocol exactly, including the order in which the whole abdo video is done in.
Recommendation
The UC will re-record all scanning videos and go over the ARC tool to ensure alignment with the protocol for 2019. However, it should be noted that the videos are to be treated as guides - there may be slight variations in it, just as there would be with different patient scans.
Action Taken
The marking tool, protocol and video guides were aligned. As emphasised to the students, the scanning videos are only a guide, and if there are any queries, the marking tool should be followed.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
A couple of students expressed confusion regarding requirements for the Image Portfolio.
Recommendation
The Image Portfolio was a new assessment item this year and had a couple of minor teething issues. The unit coordinator will go over this assessment item, ensuring all instructions are clearer for students in 2019.
Action Taken
Clear instructions were provided in regards to the Image Portfolio, via written instructions and a tutorial addressing the assessment requirements..
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students found it difficult to identify documents on the unit Moodle page that described requirements for the labeling of uploaded files for the Written Assessment.
Recommendation
Students are required to read and sign a Lab Agreement at the beginning of term. This document goes through all requirements for each assessment and directs students where they can find additional information regarding assessment descriptions. This will be made more apparent to students in 2019 to avoid confusion of where information can be found.
Action Taken
The written instructions for labeling documents was made available in multiple sections of Moodle.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students reported discrepancies between what was taught by individual tutors and the UC.
Recommendation
Tutors attended compulsory training before the start of term as well as midway through, and this will continue in 2019. While this does happen, all tutors are individuals and do have their own way of explaining and teaching outside of the simulation labs, and may need reminding of why it is important for them to teach these protocols specific ways. Students will again be encouraged to notify the unit coordinator of any discrepancies they are encountering with tutors.
Action Taken
Tutors were again expected to attend compulsory training both before the term started and also during the term. Weekly emails were sent to tutors with updates and tutors also had access to all documentation related to assessments as well as the weekly updates that went out to students.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students requested after hours access to scanning labs
Recommendation
This was found to be not feasible - equity to all students on all campuses is paramount, so we can only allow practices to happen when all campuses can be accommodated. Some campuses do not open on weekends, so this is not feasible.
Action Taken
After hours access to labs was not provided, and the reasons explained to students.
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
Nil.
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
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 perform a sonographic examination of abdominal and female pelvic organs
  2. Differentiate the variants of normal sonographic appearances of abdominal and female pelvic organs
  3. Critically reflect upon own professional practice utilizing constructive feedback
  4. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills and criteria to meet safe sonographic practice

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