MEDS13010 - Quality Practice in Diagnostic Imaging

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will apply quality management principles in health care to undertake a limited clinical audit of a medical sonography department. You will propose reasons for adverse events, prioritise action and describe appropriate intervention as part of a quality improvement strategy. Medical Imaging departments utilise multiple imaging modalities. Quality practice requires an understanding of the function and use of each imaging modality to appreciate the diagnostic journey for each patient. You will evaluate the complementary role and safety of a range of medical imaging modalities. The unit will utilise multi-modality cases to provide you with an opportunity to practice and develop critical thinking and image interpretation skills for specified disease processes.

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

Prerequisite

  • 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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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. Portfolio 40%
2. Written Assessment 20%
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 27.27% 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 Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Students appreciated real world stories incorporated into theoretical concepts of Quality Practice.
Recommendation
Consider redevelopment of remaining lectures for the quality practice component to include real world examples.
Action Taken
Quality Practice lectures were changed, but still require further development.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
The comparative imaging content was very well received by students. They found it relevant and engaging.
Recommendation
Consider increasing amount of comparative imaging in unit- including complementary modalities such as surgery and angiography.
Action Taken
Comparative Imaging content was increased significantly. Student feedback was positive.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation and self reflection
Feedback
Aspects of the Written Assessment could be contextualised and streamlined more effectively.
Recommendation
Consider streamlining the written assessment for a more authentic learning experience.
Action Taken
The first written assessment was streamlined and well received by students.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Written assessment and online quiz due dates are close together.
Recommendation
Consider changing due date of assessment 1.
Action Taken
Dues dates were changed and quality feedback provided in a timely fashion as demonstrated in the SUTE data.
Source: SUTE data and self reflection
Feedback
Quality Practice lectures should be refreshed and better aligned to the competencies required by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry
Recommendation
Consider rewriting lectures for the first 5 weeks of term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Assessment 1 covering Quality Practice content should be revamped to challenge students.
Recommendation
Consider rewriting the the first assessment task.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE data
Feedback
Students enjoyed the comparative imaging component of the unit and enabled them to use this knowledge in clinical placement.
Recommendation
Continue delivery of comparative imaging content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE data
Feedback
Real life scenarios presented in tutorials were well received by students and made the content relatable. Students were then able to use the content in their own clinical placement.
Recommendation
Continue to provide real life scenarios in tutorials to apply content for an authentic learning experience for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss key aspects of clinical governance, quality improvement, risk management and patient safety cultures in Medical Imaging.
  2. Employ quality improvement tools and strategies in the context of a clinical sonography environment.
  3. Describe the safe application of various medical imaging modalities.
  4. Identify, compare and describe complementary imaging pathways in specified pathologies.
  5. Correlate the multi-modality image appearance with a disease process.

Linked to National Standards.
ASAR Accreditation Standards for Sonography - Units 1-5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
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
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 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test