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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.

Details

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

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 1 - 2017

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Online
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Online
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Online
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Online

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. Group Work 40%
2. Examination 60%

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 3 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 64.29% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 17.28% 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: Have your Say
Feedback
The lectures are too long and there are too many lecture hours each week.
Recommendation
Revise the lectures where possible.
Action Taken
All lectures were rewritten and rerecorded for the delivery of the unit this term.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
More quizzes throughout the term would help content retention.
Recommendation
Offer more online quizzes throughout the term.
Action Taken
Online practise quizzes were provided for all weeks with new lecture content (weeks 1-8, 10, 11). In addition to this, students were able to participate in pathology recognition questions throughout most tutorials, assisting to reinforce their learning.
Source: SUTE comments, student feedback
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.
Recommendation
Practise quizzes will continue to be provided in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE comments, student feedback
Feedback
Some students asked for more critial thinking examples in questions
Recommendation
Additional critical thinking questions will be included in learning activities such as quizzes and/or tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE comments, student feedback, UC reflection
Feedback
More case studies or scenarios discussed in tutorials that students may encounter while on placement
Recommendation
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
Nil.
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.
  4. Demonstrate professional collaboration with your peers.
  5. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.

The learning outcomes for this unit relate to the requirements of the Australian Sonographer's 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 - Group Work
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Group Work
2 - Examination