MEDS13009 - Obstetric and Paediatric Sonography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit advances your study of obstetric ultrasound from MEDS13001 to explore the sonographic assessment of normal and pathological third trimester obstetric cases. You will study the sonographic appearance, scanning techniques, management and pathological complications associated with third trimester scans as well as become familiar with investigations and interventions relevant to the management of post partum patients and prenatal anomalies of the fetus. You will also investigate sonographic studies relating to a paediatric patient. Common paediatric anomalies as well as inherent congenital diseases will be reviewed to include their sonographic appearance, safe scanning techniques, prognosis and treatment. Clinical scenarios/case studies are used to engage you in the sonographic decision-making process for both the third trimester scan and the paediatric patient.


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


MEDS13001 Obstetric and Breast Ultrasound and

MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 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 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%
2. Online Test 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 64.86% 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: Unit coordinator assessment and unit evaluation data
The new assessment task was an improved format and allowed students to improve their research skills and clinical knowledge.
Continue to utilise the current format of a research task assessment.
Action Taken
The research task was utilised to improve research and referencing skills. A tutorial was run by ALC to provide further learning support of the research task.
Source: Student communication and unit evaluation surveys.
Students enjoyed the interactive tutorials and quizzes with increased emphasis on image interpretation, clinical reasoning and critical thinking.
Continue to utilise the interactive tutorial content and a variety of teaching styles to allow students to connect with content and develop their clinical reasoning skills.
Action Taken
Interactive tutorials and the introduction of "Case of the Week" helped improved clinical reasoning skills and image interpretation.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Students appreciated prompt and regular communication to ensure their queries were answered via email, News Forum, Q&A and zoom tutorials.
Continue prompt communication with students through all mediums to ensure queries are answered.
Action Taken
Students valued prompt and regular communication from the UC to support their learning.
Source: Unit coordinator assessment and unit evaluation surveys
Students valued the increased emphasis on image interpretation to improve critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. The "Case of the Week" provided resources to allow these skills to develop in a format similar to the online test.
Continue to utilise a variety of formats to improve critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills.
Action Taken
Source: CQU success data, student communication, and unit evaluation surveys
Students struggled to remain engaged with content and balance both academic and clinical learning whilst on clinical placement.
Remind students that they need to remain engaged with unit content whilst on clinical placement. Those students with regular engagement had improved rates of success.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe safe ultrasound assessment of the fetus in late pregnancy, maternal post partum pelvis and the paediatric patient
  2. Differentiate the aetiology, ultrasound appearance and Doppler haemodynamics of abnormalities in third trimester pregnancies and post partum patients
  3. Analyse normal and abnormal paediatric ultrasound findings with reference to anatomy, clinical presentation, sonographic appearance, and aetiology
  4. Critically evaluate and analyse clinical scenarios to communicate a differential diagnosis which includes ethical and management considerations.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer Units: 1-5, 6, 10, 12

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - 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
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Online Test