MEDS20012 - Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Lower Body)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to cover the theory and practice of basic soft tissue ultrasound imaging (lower body) and is appropriate for science graduates and allied health professionals wishing to use ultrasound as a focused diagnostic tool at the point of care. The unit will interest students engaged in managing soft tissue injury and pathology, or science graduates interested in lower body musculoskeletal imaging. You will develop knowledge of lower body musculoskeletal ultrasound with emphasis on interpretation of anatomical structures, biomechanics, and pathology. You will differentiate musculoskeletal pathology from that of other body structures. You will apply techniques for obtaining, interpreting and assessing optimised ultrasound images in the university ultrasound scanning facilities.


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

MEDS20009 Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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. Written 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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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.

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Zoom collaborate sessions.
Maintain informal nature of Zoom sessions allowing students the freedom and time to discuss sonography as it relates to their clinical practice.
Action Taken
Regular and frequent Zoom collaborative sessions to be maintained. This will enable students an opportunity to reinforce subject matter key principles or answer any misunderstandings they have had.
Source: In class
Residential school delivery.
Keep residential schools in the unit and ensure the day is structured to allow students time to ask questions and explore the answers in a supported environment.
Action Taken
Residential school was scheduled to occur in term 2, 2018. However, there were no continuing student enrolments in this unit, one student withdrew before census cut off date. The residential school should be continued in future terms as it will allow students time to ask questions and explore the answers in a supported environment.
Source: Verbal student feedback
Review of texbooks prescribed and supplementary
Continue to utilise the current prescribed textbook however change to the current edition from 2001 to 2007.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe anatomy, biomechanics and pathophysiology specific to the musculoskeletal system of the lower body
  2. Differentiate normal from abnormal ultrasound appearance of the musculoskeletal system of the lower body
  3. Apply safe ultrasound techniques to generate and optimise diagnostic images of the musculoskeletal system of the lower body
  4. Interpret ultrasound images to provide a differential diagnosis, including reference to safety and the diagnostic limitations of ultrasound
  5. Recommend appropriate management decisions based on the clinical situation, clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings.

The unit will not require external accreditation but will apply to appropriate profession specific bodies for recognition for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) related to Basic Soft Tissue Ultrasound.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment