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.


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


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 - 2023

Term 3 - 2023 Profile
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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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Portfolio 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.

Source: Student email
The residential school was excellent to develop good ultrasound probe manipulation and scanning skills, gain immediate feedback on practical scanning and practice and refine the sonographic technique required to image the heart.
Continue with the format of the residential school and on-campus activites where practical scanning is undertaken on healthy patient models and immediate feedback is provided to students to allow them to improve their sonographic scanning skills.
Action Taken
No students enrolled for this term offering and hence the unit was not delivered.
Source: Student email
The combination of pre-recorded lectures available was excellent to step us through the learning process.
Continue with offering lectures to unpack the sonographic anatomy, sonographic technique, normal sonographic appearances and cases of abnormal heart imaging.
Action Taken
No students enrolled for this term offering and hence the unit was not delivered.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of using diagnostic transthoracic cardiac ultrasound in emergency or point of care (PoC) medicine
  2. Apply safe transthoracic cardiac ultrasound techniques to generate optimised diagnostic images of the heart and great vessels
  3. Integrate transthoracic cardiac ultrasound images into the clinical decision making process and patient management.

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

3.3 Demonstration of how to generate and optimise an image- 2

3.4 Demonstration of good practice in point-of-care ultrasound- 1.2 and 3

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Portfolio
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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Professional Level
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Portfolio