MEDS13005 - Paediatric Sonography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will study the application of ultrasound and other imaging modalities, in the diagnostic imaging of the paediatric patient. You will build on your knowledge of anatomy, embryology and pathophysiology to differentiate the sonographic appearance of normal anatomy and variants and that of paediatric and congenital disease. You will acquire knowledge of the sonographic techniques and protocols used in paediatric imaging. You will apply your knowledge to analyse sonographic findings, leading to the communication of a differential diagnosis. You will compare imaging, prognosis and treatment options and will be asked to think about the impact of a diagnosis on the paediatric patient and their family. Ethics and safety of each examination will be discussed to allow the importance of this to be appreciated when dealing with the paediatric patient and their family.


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


MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1


MEDS13001 Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2

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 3 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Online Test 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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
Positive comments on unit structure
Parts of this unit will be incorporated into a new paediatrics and obstetrics unit as the course is changing in future.
Action Taken
Parts of this unit were incorporated into MEDS13009 Obstetrics and Paediatric Sonography.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain sonographic assessment of the paediatric patient.
  2. Differentiate the aetiology of paediatric and congenital disease in relation to sonographic appearance.
  3. Critically evaluate clinical data to communicate a differential diagnosis.
  4. Appraise paediatric imaging in relation to safe practice and patient-centred care.

Linked to National Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for General Sonography - Foundation units of Competence - Unit 1-5, 6, 10, 12

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - 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
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test