MEDS13007 - Musculoskeletal Sonography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to musculoskeletal ultrasound. In the unit you will acquire knowledge of the anatomy, pathophysiology, sonographic appearance, scanning protocols and techniques relevant to the musculoskeletal system. You will demonstrate problem solving strategies to formulate differential diagnoses and produce a sonographic report. You will plan for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.

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

Prerequisites:

MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

AND

MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound

AND

MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1.

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%
3. Practical Assessment 0%

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 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.76% 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 and teaching staff self-evaluation.
Feedback
No hands-on scanning component included in the unit.
Recommendation
Include a hands-on scanning component in the unit.
Action Taken
A residential school component was included as part of the 2018 delivery of this unit. This residential school included a component of hands on scanning as well as group work related to sonographic image recognition and sonographic report writing.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assignment expectations not clearly explained.
Recommendation
Week one Zoom collaborate will provide an overview of assignment expectations. Examples of appropriate assignments supplied on Moodle site.
Action Taken
Week one Zoom tutorial included a detailed overview of assignment requirements and examples.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students would like further clarification of assignment expectations
Recommendation
Followup the initial assignment Zoom tutorial run in week one with a second assignment Zoom tutorial early in term. Review assessment task wording.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback posted on unit Moodle site.
Feedback
More tutors being present during the residential school would enhance residential school learning.
Recommendation
Investigate strategies to improve student/tutor ratio.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: By email and in class student feedback.
Feedback
Musculoskeletal scanning videos were beneficial.
Recommendation
Expand upon live scanning instructional videos incorporated into the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation.
Feedback
Prescribed text was difficult to understand.
Recommendation
Investigate an alternative to the prescribed text.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: By email and in class student feedback.
Feedback
Weekly Zoom tutorials devoted to sonographic image recognition and sonographic report writing beneficial to student understanding.
Recommendation
Maintain a strong focus in Zoom tutorials upon sonographic image recognition and sonographic report writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe musculoskeletal anatomy and body mechanics.
  2. Differentiate the variance of normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the musculoskeletal system.
  3. Perform sonographic techniques and protocols appropriate to musculoskeletal ultrasound image generation.
  4. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.
  5. Formulate strategies for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.

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 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
3 - Practical Assessment
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
3 - Practical Assessment