MEDS20006 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Lower Body

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to advance your clinical practice in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound of the lower body. You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of sonographic anatomy, pathophysiology and dynamic function of the musculoskeletal systems in the lower body. You will appreciate the role of ultrasound in clinical assessment, diagnosis, patient management and treatment, including interventional procedures. To successfully complete this unit you will need access to musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations in the clinical context. This unit includes an optional residential school comprising practical training in advanced lower body musculoskeletal ultrasound.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School Optional Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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 Postgraduate 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 50%
2. Online Test 50%

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 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.18% 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 "Have your say" through Moodle.
The feedback and draft process for the written assessment really aided my learning.
The draft process for the written assessment and subsequent in-depth feedback aided student learning.
Action Taken
Rolling feedback was again provided in term 3, 2021, for the written assessment (completion of an e-poster). This allowed students to learn during the completion of the written assessment task.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say" through Moodle.
The lectures were really well set out and heaps of additional resources were provided which helped my learning.
The way the lectures were set out and the additional resources provided allowed for a deeper understanding.
Action Taken
The lectures were again offered in a way so that they conveyed a simple and clear message to allow students to gain a deep understanding of important concepts.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say" through Moodle.
There was a lot of information provided in the 'additional resources' and there was pressure to go through it all.
Some students thought that they needed to engage with every additional resource provided, and that knowledge regarding these would be assessed in the final assessment. Hence such students felt there was pressure to highly familiarise themselves with all the additional content.
Action Taken
The weekly lectures were separated from additional learning resources and presented under separate subheadings for each week on the unit Moodle site. This allowed students to clearly identify the 'must know' content from the 'good to know' content. This allowed students to not get too overwhelmed by the amount of learning resources provided each week and ensure students focused their learning on the important concepts for each week of learning. This was reiterated for them in interactive tutorials.
Source: Student emails.
Students appreciated the rolling feedback provided regarding the written assessment drafts, which helped them learn.
Continue to provide rolling feedback on written assessment draft submissions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse sonographic anatomy and appearances of normal and pathological musculoskeletal structures of the lower body
  2. Research the role of ultrasound in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

This masters unit does not lead to entry into the sonography profession but is rather provided to qualified practitioners to allow advanced practice. Therefore it does not require external accreditation. The Master of Medical Ultrasound qualifies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity (activity code 10B) recognised by the Australian Sonographers Accreditaion Registry (ASAR).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test