MEDS13007 - Musculoskeletal Sonography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the principal theory in musculoskeletal sonography with opportunity for lab activities designed to enhance your learning. In this unit you will apply your knowledge of detailed relational anatomy and pathophysiology, and correlate this with new knowledge on sonographic appearance, scanning orientation and scanning skills relevant to the musculoskeletal system. You will demonstrate understanding of the clinical indication of musculoskeletal ultrasound, applying clinical reasoning in planning for the scanning protocol for each individual patient and implementing patient care and safety in performing musculoskeletal sonography. You will interpret static and dynamic musculoskeletal sonographic imaging and create a provisional diagnostic report as well as explaining differential diagnosis and alternative diagnostic studies based on the clinical information.


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


MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound


MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound


MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1.

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 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 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 25%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 15%
3. In-class Test(s) 40%
4. Online Test 20%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.21% 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: Moodle discussion forum
Students would like clearer guidelines for the written assessment.
Provide greater detail on assessment expectations, this will be provided on Moodle.
Action Taken
1) Assessment task description and marking rubric have been provided to students via Moodle, instead of being embedded in first week tutorial previously. 2) Assessment Q&A session has been included in the first week as a Zoom tutorial. 3) All assessment related Q&As have been summarised with an index and listed on Moodle under Moodle WIKI, so students can clearly see what questions have been already answered.
Source: Student emails
Students appreciated prompt replies with regards to the written assessment.
Provide prompt and detailed replies to student queries via email.
Action Taken
Continued providing prompt and detailed replies to all student enquires.
Source: SUTE feedback.
Students enjoyed the engaging tutorial format used this year, especially the interaction in answering true or false questions and step-by-step guided image interpretation.
Continue enhancing the tutorial style, and ensure scaffolding between weekly content and tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback.
Students felt that there was too much reliance on the prescribed textbook and that the older lectures did not support the textbook content. Students valued the revised format of the newly created lectures in 2021.
Continue with update of lectures in this unit to provide more focus and prioritisation of content. Ensure inconsistencies are removed and content are reorganised.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection, Tutor feedback, and SUTE feedback.
As this is unit is predominantly theoretical, the practical skill component is limited. Musculoskeletal sonography is a specialist area and students are not required to be able to scan independently in this field before starting the placement. Students will need to enhance their practical skills for this over many months in the clinical environment.
Review the unit learning outcomes and assessment strategy to ensure they reflect the entry-to-placement knowledge and skill needs.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback.
Students felt that a mid-semester test would assist in pointing out holes in their knowledge in preparation for the end of term test.
Review assessment type, weighting and number.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Correlate relational anatomy of musculoskeletal structures with standard static and dynamic sonographic imaging.
  2. Describe clinical indications relevant to sonographic musculoskeletal examinations, patient care and safety considerations, and alternative musculoskeletal diagnostic studies that can be performed.
  3. Employ sonographic imaging of musculoskeletal structures, including image optimisation, using a systematic protocol in a simulated environment.
  4. Interpret static and dynamic musculoskeletal sonographic imaging of normal anatomy and imaging demonstrating variants, artefacts, pathology or injury to create a provisional diagnostic report.

The learning outcomes for this unit have been linked to:

ASAR Required Graduate Competency Outcomes for General Sonography Accreditation Standards 1.2.

1,2,3,4, 5 and 9

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - In-class Test(s)
4 - 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
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 10