MEDS13001 - Obstetric and Breast Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit advances your study of obstetric ultrasound from MEDS12006 into the second trimester as well as building on breast ultrasound foundations which were created in MEDS12003. You will explore the sonographic assessment of normal and pathological obstetric ultrasound and breast ultrasound cases. You will participate in simulated scanning sessions to facilitate the identification of normal sonographic appearance of the second trimester fetus as well as basic breast scanning techniques and lesion localisation. Clinical scenarios are used to engage you in the sonographic decision-making process which culminates in the creation of sonographer reports.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound

and

MEDS12006 Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 59.52% 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
Feedback
Practical & Written Assessment format alterations for this offering were well received by students who scored the assessment item as more 'useful to my learning' than in previous years.
Recommendation
Keep new format and provide updated exemplars to the next offering.
Action Taken
This was done, and the student satisfaction score was improved.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
A small number of students provided comments in the unit evaluation around wanting a better explanation of the assessment item.
Recommendation
Re-write the lab manual.
Action Taken
Lab manuals were edited, with additional examples and tips at the end of each to assist with the assessment item.
Source: Unit Evaluation / student emails
Feedback
Previous year (2016) students wanted more time in the scanning lab. This offering the UC included an additional hour of 'unmanned' practice time following each of the 3 timetabled labs to assist with completion of image acquisition for Practical & Written Assessment item.
Recommendation
Keep this practice time.
Action Taken
Practice time was kept. No further feedback received about requiring further lab times.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Lecture format, pace and content depth is well received by students
Recommendation
Ensure any new or updated lectures keep the same general format of existing lectures
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Tutorial format with pop quiz questions is well received by students
Recommendation
Tutorials were increased from fortnightly to weekly in 2018. Keep this frequency and ensure pop quiz questions remain part of the delivery as a revision tool.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
A video of a morphology scan (or parts of this) could be included to enhance learning
Recommendation
This has been attempted before, but with little success as it is dependent on patients being available to scan. A video of a morphology scan will be attempted again as it would be a good resource for the students if it can be achieved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse normal and abnormal obstetric ultrasound findings with reference to embryology, clinical presentation, sonographic appearance and aetiology
  2. Analyse normal and abnormal breast ultrasound findings with reference to anatomy, clinical presentation, sonographic appearance, aetiology and correlation with other breast imaging modalities
  3. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce sonographic reports
  4. Formulate strategies for the provision of safe and ethical patient care
  5. Apply sonographic techniques, appropriate to obstetric and breast ultrasound respectively, to produce limited examinations in a simulated environment.

The learning outcomes for this unit relate to the requirements of the Australian Sonographers Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer as listed here.

Unit 1-3, 7 & 10.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Examination
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
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 and Written Assessment
2 - Examination