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 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 Optional Residential School
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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. 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.22% 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
Feedback
Found Moodle site easy to navigate
Recommendation
Maintain Moodle set up
Action Taken
Additional videos outlining week and an approach to the week were provided to aid Moodle navigation.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Found anatomy lectures extremely helpful
Recommendation
Maintain these and add to them
Action Taken
80% of the lectures were re-written from 2017 and anatomy was further explained in new lectures.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Some feedback that online exam requires a lot of typing
Recommendation
Will investigate other types of assessment tasks, but need assessment task to ensure students engage with content of unit
Action Taken
Preparation for online test was provided and strategies as to how to plan and undertake test were discussed. Each tutorial went through practice test questions and model answers, to prepare students for this assessment task. Many students are professionals returning to study after many years, and are not familiar with new testing format, so need to be scaffolded through this process.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Large amount of lectures, which were enjoyed by students and they found them beneficial, but would like some additional videos of how to perform scans.
Recommendation
This is a theoretical unit, so theoretical knowledge and communication is assessed. Additional videos of scans being performed have been recorded and can be added to the learning resources, and this will aid sonographers in their clinical practice, but this will also add to the large amount of learning resources already available in this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Diagrams to be provided in larger format so easier to read.
Recommendation
Larger diagrams to be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Short lecture format allowed information to be absorbed in a manageable format.
Recommendation
Continue to provide shorter lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Foundational lectures provided to ensure basic understanding of musculoskeletal ultrasound were appreciated and aided students with limited musculoskeletal ultrasound experience undertaking this advanced MSK unit.
Recommendation
Continue to provide foundational lectures.
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