MEDS13002 - Sonographic Skills Development 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit advances your preparation for the clinical workplace through the development of ultrasound scanning skills in transvaginal female pelvis, lower extremity venous, and carotid ultrasound studies. You are required to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and professional behaviours needed to work in a clinical setting, and will be assessed within a simulated environment.

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: MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 1

AND

MEDS12006 Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1

AND

Corequisite: MEDS13008 Vascular Sonography

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 1 - 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 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 Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
5. Written Assessment 0%
6. 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 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 54.37% 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: Have Your Say, student feedback
Feedback
Based on previous student feedback, the pelvis assessment was moved to the third assessment item - this year, some students liked this format better, whereas some other students commented that they would like it moved back to the first assessment item, as it was easier to do and put behind them.
Recommendation
The pelvic assessment will remain as the third assessment. By having the carotid assessment as the second assessment, three additional practise times were made possible for carotid practise (including the two in break week) which is the most difficult scan to master. It also meant that students who needed to do a re-sit for the carotid assessment were able to put down their practise times for the Wed and Thurs of week 11.
Action Taken
The pelvic assessment was successfully run as the third assessment.
Source: Student feedback through term
Feedback
Some students asked for tick boxes to be added to the Moodle page for easier navigation, and marking off what they had completed.
Recommendation
Tick boxes were added in week 6, and will continue in 2019 as this made it a lot easier for students to keep track of their own learning and progress through the term.
Action Taken
Tick boxes were used throughout the unit Moodle site successfully.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students stated that the scanning videos did not match the protocols or ARC tools exactly
Recommendation
The scanning videos are guides only - they are aimed at allowing students to see how to scan prior to attending labs and having their own hands-on learning with local tutors. Students will continue to be directed to look at the protocol and ARC tool as the marking rubric for how they need to scan in their assessments. Every patient is different, and students need to be able to adapt to their current patient's anatomy and variations.
Action Taken
Demonstration videos were re-recorded for 2019, with a disclaimer stating that these are for demonstration purposes only, and for students to be guided by the protocol and marking tools.
Source: Have Your Say, student feedback
Feedback
Some students felt that it was unfair to have a unit coordinator on another campus have the final decision on whether they failed an assessment or not.
Recommendation
All fail grades are moderated on campus by at least two tutors before the unit coordinator moderates the assessments. With marks that are either fail grades or differ from the on-campus staff assessments (some passed on UC moderation when failed by on-campus staff in 2018), the unit coordinator communicates with the campus staff before the grades are released to ensure all staff agree and or understand why the final result was made. This ensures consistency across the whole unit and for all students.
Action Taken
Students were provided with information regarding the moderation process.
Source: Student feedback, UC reflection
Feedback
Some students felt that a mock assessment for the LE Venous and TV Pelvis assessments would be beneficial.
Recommendation
Mini mock assessments will be trialled the week before the LE Venous and TV Pelvis assessments for the second half of the labs. This will enable students to get some feedback on their scanning techniques prior to the assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback, staff feedback, UC reflection
Feedback
There was confusion from some students regarding the moderation process.
Recommendation
More detailed information will be provided to students about the moderation process.
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 a transvaginal female pelvis, the lower extremity veins for DVT, and carotid ultrasound study
  2. Critically reflect upon own professional practice utilising constructive feedback
  3. Display professional behaviour, teamwork, and communication skills consistent with safe sonographic practice.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer

Units- 1,2,4,5,9,10 & 13

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Written Assessment
6 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Written Assessment
6 - On-campus Activity