MEDS20013 - Diagnostic Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) to provide information to assist patient management. To enrol in this unit you must be a graduate of a science or health / medical course. To successfully complete all assessments, you must be able to undertake ultrasound scans in a clinical environment with appropriate supervision. You will use PoCUS to identify anatomical structures and rule out pathology. You will learn transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:

MEDS20009 Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 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

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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 2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: Feedback from students at residential school.
Feedback
Zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
The students enjoyed the interaction of the zoom tutorials Tutorial format will be continued due to the demands of the shift working students.
Action Taken
Interactive tutorials which discussed clinical cases were continued.
Source: Student unit evaluation.
Feedback
Residential schools.
Recommendation
Current residential school format will remain unchanged as the students find the practical aspect of the course essential for the practical aspect of the unit.
Action Taken
Residential schools were continued (although interupted in term 1, 2020 due to covid-19).
Source: Student unit evaluation.
Feedback
Pearl and pitfall discussions.
Recommendation
Students have suggested more videos of pearls and pitfalls. Consider recording an additional series of scanning videos of practical scanning tips and tricks.
Action Taken
Videos demonstrating real time scanning are still in the process of being developed for learning resources.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Learning how to scan sonographically is difficult to master in a short period of time.
Recommendation
Consider developing sonographic scanning skills videos to demonstrate transducer position and manipulation when scanning for students to watch prior to attending practical lab sessions. By allowing students to watch videos prior to the workshops, maximisation of ‘hands-on’ practical learning will be gained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Assessment completion requires attendance at residential schools which are held at end of term. Consider changing.
Recommendation
Consider an assessment task that can be completed earlier in the term, to scaffold learning and allow feedback to be provided and used to enhance learning in the practical sonographic skills development workshop.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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