MEDS13006 - Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical unit will provide you with opportunities to apply and integrate both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and professional behaviour in the clinical environment, independently and under the supervision of qualified professionals. The practical focus in this unit includes the completion of ultrasound scan(s) to an advanced beginner level of competence.You will consolidate skills and knowledge acquired during your previous clinical placement block and skills development laboratory sessions at university. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to advance your own patient care, professional, technical and analytical skills in a work setting.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites

MEDS12006 Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1

and

MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1

and

MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 1

and

MEDS13008 Vascular Sonography

AND

MEDS13002 Sonographic Skills Development 2 which must have been successfully completed within the last twelve months. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete a skills / clinical revision and assessment as determined by the discipline lead or designate.


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 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Portfolio 0%
4. Written Assessment 0%
5. Professional Practice Placement 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.

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Previous Feedback

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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 were unsure about the assessment due dates because they were on different placements at different times.
Recommendation
Due dates for assessments vary due to students being on different placement at different times. Suggest including a structured introduction video or initial zoom tutorial to the unit including detail around assessment dates and tasks. Due dates for assessments to be written as a description rather than having specific due dates on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
On the unit Moodle site, under the 'Practical Assessment Information' session, due dates for each assessment based on the placement period have been added, and highlighted with colour. An EXCEL file 'Submission date calculation tool' was also created so the students can use it to work out their own due dates.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The Case Study assessment in the new format of a journal article was well received by students. There was some confusion by two students who did not submit case studies they were involved in.
Recommendation
Case Study in the form of a journal article to remain as the written assessment for this unit. Suggest that it is clearly articulated to the students that the case study report is to be on an examination in which they were involved in.
Action Taken
It has been highlighted in both unit profile and Moodle assessment items that the case must be from student's own scanning case. It was also mentioned in unit news forum after the unit started.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
There was little engagement of students through the zoom drop-in sessions.
Recommendation
This is common in clinical units. Suggest a more structured format of tutorials with mini-lectures, or revision of various ultrasound examinations with tips and tricks, case study tutorials and guest speakers/lecturers on specific topics. Students on placement will benefit from these tutorials, as feedback from industry is around them needing a deeper understanding of pathology.
Action Taken
Compulsory case presentation during Zoom tutorial session has been added into the written assessment to increase students’ attendance. Students are also required to mark others' presentations using poll function during the Zoom tutorial session. The unit coordinator adds comments or practical tips at the end of each presentation. The students who haven’t started their placement can also be engaged through the Zoom presentation marking activities.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
The case presentation in the form of ePoster and the marking activity have increased the student engagement.
Recommendation
Consider continuing case presentation in the form of ePoster to increase students' engagement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email communication.
Feedback
The clinical hours vary from site to site. Some students have difficulties in submitting the assessment items on time on the due date.
Recommendation
Consider changing the due dates to the next business day after the completion of the required period.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform sonographic examinations under supervision at advanced beginner-level competency.
  2. Differentiate sonographic appearance and evaluate sonographic findings to solve a wide range of sometimes complex diagnostic problems.
  3. Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity graduate attributes and Australian Sonographer Accreditation requirements.
  4. Appraise your professional performance including sonographic knowledge, technical skill, professionalism, teamwork, communication skills and safe clinical practice to identify goals for continuing professional development..

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer

Units 1-5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Portfolio
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Professional Practice Placement
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 - Portfolio
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Professional Practice Placement