MEDS20009 - Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the science and instrumentation of clinical ultrasound to enable you to produce images to support clinical decision making. The unit emphasis will be on safety and quality assurance. You are required to attend a compulsory ultrasound skills workshop to complete this unit. In the practical workshop you will apply your knowledge of scanning technique and image optimisation. This unit will form the foundation from which you will build image acquisition, recognition and assessment skills as part of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Online Test 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

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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" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students found that the ultrasound concepts could be tailored specifically in the residential school and made relevant to their field of work.
Recommendation
Time allocated for performing hands on acquisition of ultrasound images can continue to be incorporated into the Residential School. The lab activities can be adapted to body regions relevant to the students' learning needs.
Action Taken
The residential school lab tasks were made more interactive, giving students enough time to complete the imaging with enhancement and improvement of the structure of lab activities.
Source: "Have your say" course evaluation.
Feedback
Complex subjects were made easy to comprehend by explanations throughout the lectures. The information was delivered in manageable segments.
Recommendation
Continue to provide lectures with pictorial examples of complex theoretical concepts.
Action Taken
Additional recorded lectures and zoom tutorials were made available.
Source: "Have your say" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students had a positive learning experience and were promptly assisted in their concerns and given opportunity to ask specific questions via online Zoom tutorial sessions.
Recommendation
Continue the practice of providing feedback and mentoring via email and Zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorials and engagement of students provided feedback on learning concepts.
Source: Student Feedback.
Feedback
Students would appreciate an opportunity earlier in the term to practice the manipulation of ultrasound transducers and buttons to help them engage with the theory of later modules. Without attending the ultrasound laboratory earlier in the term, there is a great deal of content to cover in the final residential school and less opportunity therefore for hands on practice.
Recommendation
An optional laboratory session will be provided early in the term to assist students with the basics of ultrasound machine operation and to assist with conceptualizing the theory covered in the modules.
Action Taken
An optional residential school day was provided in week 2 and was well attended.
Source: "Have your say" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students would appreciate more handouts and notes to accompany the video lectures.
Recommendation
Additional notes and lecture handouts will be available in the next offering.
Action Taken
More lecture notes and handouts were made available.
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
Students with no ultrasound background stated physics presented them with a lot of new concepts which was clearly explained.
Recommendation
Continue to present complex concepts using clear explanations and examples.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
Students commented that the order of learning ultrasound science and instrumentation concepts were not aligned in Module 3.
Recommendation
Module 3 has been re-ordered. Further restructuring of the content will be done when this unit is divided into four short courses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" feedback
Feedback
Students would like a residential school with hands on ultrasound training done earlier in the term to help them understand taught concepts.
Recommendation
Consider a non-compulsory Residential school to be run shortly after census date to give the students a hands-on experience earlier in the semester to facilitate a deeper understanding of the theoretical concepts covered in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Acquire ultrasound images of sufficient quality to support clinical decision making.
  2. Characterise and control problems in relation to imaging artifacts in ultrasound.
  3. Discuss the underpinning concepts of image acquisition, benefits and limitations of ultrasound equipment and modes of ultrasound.
  4. Identify and manage safety issues in medical ultrasound.

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Point of care curriculum guidelines

3.3 Demonstration of how to generate and optimise an image- 1, 3 and 5

3.4 Demonstration of good practice in point-of-care ultrasound- 1.2.3.5 and 6




Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Test
2 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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 - Online Test
2 - Practical Assessment