MEDS13008 - Vascular Sonography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to vascular ultrasound. In this unit you will explore the sonographic assessment of normal and pathological vascular cases. You will apply knowledge of vascular anatomy and physiology, and the physical properties of Doppler ultrasound to clinical scenarios and case studies to critically reflect on sonographic problems. Engaging in this sonographic decision-making process will culminate in the creation of sonographer’s interpretive reports, including a provisional diagnosis.


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

Prerequisites: MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound and MEDS11002 Relational Anatomy and Image Recognition

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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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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Test 40%

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 3 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 22.22% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 16.07% 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: SUTE comments, student feedback
Students reported they enjoyed the weekly practise quizzes, stating that they were great practise for the online test as they had a similar format to online test questions.
Practise quizzes will continue to be provided in the unit.
Action Taken
Practise quizzes were continued and regularly completed by around 30% of students this year.
Source: SUTE comments, student feedback
Some students asked for more critial thinking examples in questions
Additional critical thinking questions will be included in learning activities such as quizzes and/or tutorials.
Action Taken
More critical thinking questions were included in quizzes and tutorials.
Source: SUTE comments, student feedback, UC reflection
More case studies or scenarios discussed in tutorials that students may encounter while on placement
A case study of the week will be added to some of the tutorials, talking students through a real-life clinical scenario with challenging patient care / clinical indications / pathology.
Action Taken
Real life scenarios were used in tutorial examples and in the written assessment for students to research for themselves.
Source: Student feedback, UC reflection.
The Written Assessment took a long time to research and write up.
The written assessment and submission date will be modified to allow timely submission and feedback before the final online test for the unit.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE comments
Some of the Written Assessment questions were not easily understood by students
Question structure for the Written Assessment will be reviewed to ensure clarity of the questions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathological processes of the vascular system to sonographic examinations and sonographic image appearances
  2. Describe sonographic techniques and protocols appropriate to vascular ultrasound
  3. Analyse normal, anomalous, and abnormal flow haemodynamics and laboratory findings to provide differential diagnoses and produce a provisional sonographic report

The learning outcomes for this unit relate to the requirements of the Australian Sonographer Association (ASA) Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer, unit 1-5, 13,

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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