MEDS20014 - Bedside Cardiac 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 identify and diagnose cardiac pathology. 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 cardiac anatomical structures and diagnose pathology to assist patient management. 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 3 - 2021

Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
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.

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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: Moodle Survery
Feedback
Students appreciated the clinical contextualisation of tutorials provided by the facilitator.
Recommendation
The case study focus of tutorials will be continued.
Action Taken
Tutorials in 2020 continued to discuss case reports to contextualise learning.
Source: Moodle Survery
Feedback
Students found the unit to be well organised and structured appropriately.
Recommendation
A similarly organised layout of the unit will be offered.
Action Taken
The layout of the unit remained mostly the same as previous years. Additional learning resources were added to the Moodle page, including anatomical revision lectures and additional pre-recorded lectures with practical scanning tips to assist student learning.
Source: Moodle Survery
Feedback
Students advised that more supervised hands-on scanning opportunities would have been beneficial.
Recommendation
More hours on campus at scanning Residential Schools will be explored.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19, increased hours of on-campus scanning was not able to be offered, however, additional pre-recorded lectures were required to allow content learning to be conducted prior to the residential school rather than at the residential school. In addition, low tutor to student ratios at residential schools provided allowed for in-depth hands-on scanning workshops to be provided to enhance student learning and practical sonographic skill development.
Source: Student feedback (unsolicited email).
Feedback
The anatomy revision lectures provided were really helpful and assisted in sonographic image interpretation skills and pattern recognition development.
Recommendation
Ensure cardiac anatomy revision is included as a learning resource in this unit and correlate anatomy to static echocardiographic images.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (unsolicited email).
Feedback
The ability to record bedside cardiac examinations at my workplace for part of my practical assessment was helpful to my learning and also others at my workplace.
Recommendation
Consider alternative types of practical assessment for students that cannot attend all of the residential school on campus.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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