MEDS20008 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Upper Body

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit advances your clinical practice in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound of the upper body. You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of sonographic anatomy, pathophysiology and dynamic function of the musculoskeletal systems in the upper body. You will appreciate the role of ultrasound in clinical assessment, and patient management, 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 upper body musculoskeletal ultrasound.

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 Optional Residential School
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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. 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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.46% 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: Moodle site feedback.
Feedback
Include practice quiz questions in each week's Moodle content so as to provide some guide related to the level of detail required in order to better perform on the end of term on-line test.
Recommendation
Provide practice quiz questions each week in unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Practice quiz questions were provided and the tutorial was used to go through the approach of how to best answer practice online test questions.
Source: Moodle site feedback.
Feedback
Practical scanning videos were difficult to find on unit Moodle site.
Recommendation
Revise Moodle site to ensure resource navigation is clearer.
Action Taken
The Moodle site was revised to improve student navigation and allow practical scanning videos to be easy to access.
Source: Moodle site feedback.
Feedback
Students found the Zoom tutorial format collaborative and relevant to their practice.
Recommendation
Ensure Zoom tutorial sessions remain clinically relevant and relaxed so as to foster an interactive and interesting learning format.
Action Taken
Clinical cases were discussed in the tutorials which were relevant to everyday practice.
Source: Have your say.
Feedback
The volume of some lecture videos are low, but this can be rectified with headphones.
Recommendation
Some lectures provided by experts in the field are low on volume. These have been amplified by putting the lectures through camtasia and adjusting the volume. Consider amplifying the volume on these lectures some more.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say.
Feedback
Add some additional lectures on how to perform ultrasound examinations and include more discussion of ultrasound images and possibly clips.
Recommendation
Consider developing additional lectures to discuss how the examination is conducted (eg protocol) and associated sonographic images and discuss the structures demonstrated and explicity point out areas of injury or pathology on sonographic images.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say.
Feedback
Break up lectures into normal sonographic appearances and then pathological appearances.
Recommendation
Consider reformatting lectures to discuss anatomy, sonographic protocol and normal sonographic appearances (static and dynamic) and then sonographic identification of pathology.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 upper body
  2. Research the role of ultrasound in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

The Masters course 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 - Australian Sonographers Accreditation 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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test