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 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
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
Physics concepts were explained in easy to comprehend formats in tutorials. Clinical practice examples were provided to demonstrate how the physical principles are utilised to enhance sonographic imaging and aid diagnosis.
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
Alterations to the assessments were made to allow for constructive alignment of the assessment tasks and learning outcomes.
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
Residential schools were offered at the end of week 4 in addition to week 10 in each term in 2019 and term 1 2020.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
The alteration of the physics written assessment due to covid-19 where images were provided to students to discuss helped my learning.
Recommendation
Consider providing assessment tasks that are not related to image acquisition by students in residential schools but rather allow students to comment on clinical images. This may include discussion of how images could be optimised or how artifacts are demonstrated or can be overcome.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
The feedback provided on assessment tasks was helpful.
Recommendation
Continue to provide in-depth feedback on written assessments to enhance student understanding and the practical applications of physics principles.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
It is expensive having to pay for travel and accommodation for one little alone two separate residential schools.
Recommendation
Consider either condensing the residential school into a single residential school, or running a virtual residential school, to take into consideration the costs of travel and accommodation for students.
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
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 - Online Test
2 - Practical Assessment