MEDS20016 - Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this graduate clinical unit, you will build on knowledge and attitudes developed during your studies to competently perform diagnostic scans in areas appropriate for an 'Entry Level Sonographer' (as described by the Australian Sonography Association). You will evaluate findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate further investigation when appropriate. You will also behave professionally using interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity postgraduate attributes and Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry requirements.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite
MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 2

Medical Sonography Clinical Course 2 must have been successfully completed within the last twelve months. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s) after a period of technical skill / knowledge revision, as determined by the discipline lead or designate.

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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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 18-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 37.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 450 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Practical Assessment 0%
5. Portfolio 0%
6. Professional Practice Placement 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 7.59% 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: Student feedback
Feedback
Weekly tutorials were extremely well received. The UC surveyed the students to find out areas of interest and then provided guest lecturers to host tutorials covering that content.
Recommendation
Continue with guest lecturer tutorials in student areas of interest
Action Taken
Existing guest lectures were made available to students.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students felt that weekly student case studies were educational. These enabled student revision and access to rarer pathology.
Recommendation
Continue with student case studies
Action Taken
Case studies were presented at every fortnightly tutorial.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students who presented case studies during the tutorials found it very beneficial, although not all students participated in this.
Recommendation
Consider making students present a case study as a hurdle requirement for unit to enhance participation and breadth of exposure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students recognise the value of the entire cohort being active and participating in tutorials and wanted to encourage that.
Recommendation
Consider having a requirement for students to peer review the case studies presented by fellow students to increase engagement and learning opportunities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated fortnightly tutorials.
Recommendation
Maintain fortnightly tutorials as the feedback was overwhelmingly in support of fortnightly as opposed to weekly tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform diagnostic scans in specified areas to meet the Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer
  2. Evaluate sonographic findings and formulate appropriate sonographic protocols to solve complex diagnostic problems
  3. Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with the CQUniversity postgraduate attributes and the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry requirements.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer Units 1-5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Portfolio
6 - Professional Practice Placement
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Portfolio
6 - Professional Practice Placement