MEDS20017 - Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This graduate clinical unit builds on the sonographic skills, knowledge and attitudes developed during Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3. 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 Australasian Sonography Association). You will evaluate findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate further investigation when appropriate. You will solve complex diagnostic problems demonstrating understanding of a broad and coherent core body of sonographic knowledge.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
MEDS20016 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3
Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 2 - 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 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 24.05% 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 - Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students enjoyed the weekly tutorials and found them to be a great source of revision, they found the content to be easily relatable to their current clinical placement.
Recommendation
Consider continuing to provide the weekly interactive tutorials, to support the ongoing revision and learning of the students.
Action Taken
Tutorials were undertaken on a weekly basis, with case studies, comparative imaging, Kahoot revision quizzes, practice MCQs and short answer questions. This enabled the students to reflect on sonographic pathology and active revision, to enhance their learning outcomes.
Source: Student feedback - Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students felt that the UC provided plenty of clarification and reassurance.
Recommendation
Maintain student contact through regular emails, zoom tutorials and phone check in.
Action Taken
Regular contact was made via weekly zoom tutorials, emails and phone calls. At every tutorial, the UC provided examples of what was to be expected in the image interpretation component of the OSCE, as well as clarification on how the OSCE would be undertaken in relation to the scanning skills component.
Source: Student feedback - Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students found the comparative imaging, case studies, practice MCQ's and short answers provided during the tutorials, supported their learning in becoming competent sonographers.
Recommendation
Consider continuing to provide weekly case studies, image comparison, example MCQs and short answer questions to facilitate the student learning experience and outcomes.
Action Taken
The student learning experience was facilitated by weekly zoom tutorials, case studies, MCQs, short answer questions and the introduction of quick revision Kahoot quizzes.
Source: Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students felt the UC was very thorough with their time and efforts to convey important information both academic and general housekeeping. The tutorials were fantastic and provided so much information, which was a great way to revise for the OSCE.
Recommendation
Maintain weekly tutorials and continue to provide interactive tutorials, to support the ongoing revision and learning of the students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students felt the UC really cared about the students undertaking the unit. They felt the unit was planned and set out very well so that everything was easy to find and navigate. All assessment pieces had been explained well.
Recommendation
Maintain the layout of the Moodle Unit and continue with open communication and explanation around expectations of assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students felt the need to track hours and types of scans meticulously was unnecessary but reasoning behind doing so was understandable.
Recommendation
There is limited flexibility with assessment tasks as they are a requirement of an external accrediting body. Minimum clinical hours hours are required to meet the accreditation standard and minimum numbers of scans in a domain of practice are necessary to ensure clinical competency for an entry level graduate sonographer. Consider ways to streamline this process.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students felt the weekly tutorials were very thorough and helpful.They felt the UC went above and beyond. They believed the Kahoot quizzes and case studies were great. They felt Moodle resources for each domain provided good revision tools. Guest presentations were very informative and also great for revision. They felt the tutorials were engaging and covered a good range of topics.
Recommendation
Continue weekly tutorials with the provision of case studies, Moodle resources and links to past lectures and external industry sites for revision purposes and revision quizzes such as Kahoot. Continue to source guest lecturer presentations in specialised domains to enhance the students learning and revision.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Teacher Evaluation
Feedback
Students indicated the UC was amazing and really cared about the students undertaking the unit. They never felt rushed and that the UC supported their learning process 100%. The UC was super helpful and helped to reduce the stress around the OSCE.
Recommendation
Continue to provide support through regular weekly communication and tutorials. Maintain open communication with students in relation to expectations of the unit, the learning outcomes and the OSCE.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform diagnostic scans to meet the Competency Standards for an Entry Level Sonographer
  2. Evaluate sonographic findings and formulate appropriate sonographic protocols to solve complex diagnostic problems demonstrating understanding of a broad and coherent core body of sonographic knowledge
  3. Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills relevant to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity postgraduate attributes and 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