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 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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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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

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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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 54.55% 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
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
The volume of pre-recorded lectures was improved.
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
Discussions regarding musculoskeletal sonographic imaging techniques was discussed in interactive tutorials, allowing students to gain clarification in real time.
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
Some lectures were updated and chunked into sections covering sonographic anatomy, the sonographic imaging protocol demonstrating normal sonographic appearances and then sonographic pathology.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".
Feedback
Students found the written assessment challenging but appropriate for the unit.
Recommendation
Continue to include a written assessment task in this unit. Ensure adequate scaffolding of strategies for students in terms of academic writing, which they find challenging. Provide clear expectations of academic writing at an AQF level 9 when unpacking the assessment task for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".
Feedback
Students reported that different lecturing styles between lecturers, ensured all learning styles were catered for.
Recommendation
Continue to provide lecture resources from a variety of academics and industry experts to cater to different learning styles of students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".
Feedback
Students appreciated the in-depth knowledge and expert academic input.
Recommendation
Continue to use industry experts to provide lectures or tutorials within this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".
Feedback
It has been suggested by students to include more clinical scanning videos to demonstrate dynamic testing of musculoskeletal structures.
Recommendation
Develop some small videos demonstrating dynamic manouvres performed under ultrasound control.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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