MEDS12006 - Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to obstetric and non-gravid pelvic ultrasound. In this unit you will build upon your anatomical knowledge of the pelvis to include the anatomy of the gravid pelvis. You will study the sonographic appearance, techniques and procedures applicable to pathology of the non-gravid pelvis, including techniques for communicating your findings. You will be introduced to fetal development and the sonographic appearance of the gravid pelvis. You will identify family-centred care strategies employed in the care of the obstetric patient and the ethical, medico-legal and professional issues relevant to safe practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: MEDS12002 Abdominal Ultrasound and MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in 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 - 2020

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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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Group Work 30%
3. Online Test 60%

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 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.72% 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 Evaluation
Tutorial frequency was increased from fortnightly to weekly with this offering to enable content revision through the term. There was a mixture of satisfaction and dissatisfaction with the tutorial format however.
Maintain weekly tutorials. Review format and the way material is revised. Keep worksheet tutorials. Include more images of pathology as examples.
Action Taken
Weekly frequency of tutorials was maintained. Revision tutorials were reformatted to include different resources rather than just revising resources already presented.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Students struggled with the concept of group work. This incorporates group members who do not put in sufficient efforts as well as technical issues with recording the oral presentations.
Group work must be maintained due to accreditation requirements, as well as being integral to the medical team environment of which sonography is a part. Suggest a 'FAQ sheet' of technical trouble shooting tips for the oral presentation recording, or alternatively a compulsory software or particular format to be used which limits post processing. The assessment task is to simulate a live presentation, so excessive editing etc is not consistent with this.
Action Taken
This year students were permitted to record their presentations using Zoom only. This reduced the post processing burden which many students in previous years put on themselves.
Source: Unit evaluation, teacher reflection
Some students suggested the tutorial time was inappropriate, and clashed with other units being studied by this cohort at the same time.Tutorial attendance was notably reduced this offering. As the tutorial time has been consistent over the last few offerings, this was unexpected.
Confer with unit coordinators of other units being simultaneously studied by this cohort and work to find a suitable arrangement for 2020.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation
Although this is not a distance unit, some students had difficulty creating times to meet with their group members for the assessment.
Consider group allocations for this unit to be based on lab groups for the other unit being studied simultaneously.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify anatomical structures of the pelvis
  2. Differentiate the aetiology of female pelvic and fetal disease in relation to sonographic appearance
  3. Critically evaluate clinical data to communicate a differential diagnosis
  4. Evaluate gynaecological and obstetric imaging in relation to safe practice.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer Units: 1-5, 10

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - Online Test
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - Online Test