MEDS20007 - Advanced Paediatric Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will enable you to gain knowledge concerning the performance of paediatric ultrasound. You will develop the advanced knowledge and skills required to interpret the clinical signs, symptoms and diagnostic test results associated with complex pathophysiological conditions in the paediatric patient. Comparison of imaging, prognosis and treatment options will be undertaken within an ethical framework of family-centered practice and patient safety. To evaluate existing and emerging technology, diagnostic parameters and radiological interventions in paediatric ultrasound you will undertake a review of the relevant literature in an area of your choice. Please note that you will be required to have clinical access to paediatric patients in order to undertake and review a number of clinical cases.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 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 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. Portfolio 50%
2. Written Assessment 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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.14% 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
Feedback
Students found the unit material useful and practical
Recommendation
The unit can be further enhanced with clinically oriented and practical knowledge by inviting more clinicians to contribute to the teaching team.
Action Taken
An additional lecture on the paediatric eye was provided by a paediatric specialist sonographer which was well received by students. Students also appreciated lectures provided on the paediatric spine by a specialist paediatric sonographer.
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
Students have requested more hand-on videos demonstrating standardized scanning of the neonatal head, hips and paediatric spine.
Recommendation
More lectures demonstrating practical scanning skills should be developed.
Action Taken
Lectures had been updated regarding the paediatric spine, and eye, however hand-on videos demonstraing sonographic scanning of the the neonatal head and hips still need to be developed.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say".
Feedback
The relevance of the written assessment task to the learning outcomes of the unit was not clear.
Recommendation
’Provision of video lecture to articulate requirements of the assessment task and its relevance to advanced paediatric sonography.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say".
Feedback
Lectures could be provided with examples of practical scanning tips.
Recommendation
Where appropriate, clinically relevant practical components will be included into lectures to enhance clinical practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say".
Feedback
The feedback provided on the first assessment task was helpful to allow improvements in the second assessment task to be successfully implemented.
Recommendation
Continue to provide in-depth feedback on assessment tasks, including advice that can be used to enhance subsequent assessment submissions within this unit and other Master by coursework units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback "Have your say".
Feedback
The marking rubrics for the assessment tasks were confusing to follow.
Recommendation
Update the marking rubrics. Ensure that rubrics used clearly and simply outline the task and the expectations in regard to academic wriring.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate the clinical appearance, aetiology and outcomes of advanced ultrasound assessment of paediatric and congenital disease
  2. Evaluate the physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacological factors relevant to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the paediatric patient
  3. Evaluate and present information concerning existing and emerging technology, diagnostic parameters and radiological interventions in a chosen area of paediatric ultrasound based on a review of relevant literature
  4. Apply practical skills and critical thinking to advanced clinical assessment and reporting of the paediatric patient.

This masters unit does not lead to entry into the sonography profession. It is for advanced practice by qualified practitioners. As such it does not require external accreditation but we will be seeking approval for the course from the accrediting body, the ASAR.

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