MEDS20007 - Advanced Paediatric Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will enable you to gain knowledge concerning the performance of paediatric ultrasound, including cardiac assessment. 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 Not Applicable
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.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: Feedback
Feedback
It covered a wide range of clinical areas prompting further learning.
Recommendation
More clinical case discussions and real life scenarios included
Action Taken
More clinical cases were included (7 instead of 5 previously). Next year even more clinical cases will be included (case of the week - for 10 weeks)
Source: Feedback
Feedback
Tutorials / power point presentations and recorded lectures are good resources.
Recommendation
Keep up the lectures and make them more clinically relevant and exciting
Action Taken
New lectures were developed and a major development of clinically oriented lectures will be included next year.
Source: Feedback
Feedback
Assessment 2 portfolio seemed equally or more involved than Assessment 3. Consider the individual assessment percentages in respect to the overall unit assessment percentage.
Recommendation
Assessment 2 will be made shorter and simpler in proportion to assessment 3 in the next offering to justify lesser weightage.
Action Taken
Assessment 2 was further reduced in size with 4 cases included in the portfolio.
Source: Feedback
Feedback
Compatibility issues with Echo videos when Windows 10 is used to download
Recommendation
This is an ongoing issue and ITD has been contacted. Maybe youtube videos can be used instead of echo and will be trialed in next offering
Action Taken
Compatibility issues were solved with the new ECHO360 system
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
Case studies were interesting and were enjoyed.
Recommendation
More case studies will be added (case of the week format with 10 clinical cases). Clinical quizzes will also be reintroduced
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
A Masters Publishing Template for the assignments could be given to help teach and guide and clarify the expected level to be obtained.
Recommendation
Examples of assessments from previous years will be included on Moodle. Explanation of the assessment items will be further elaborated.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
Appreciation of lecturer and unit coordinator knowledge.
Recommendation
More invited lectures from prominent clinicians in the field will be included.
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, including echocardiographic vews of the paediatric heart.
  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