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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.44% 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
Zoom sessions needed the most work
Recommendation
Consider changing back to weekly sessions with a review of content learned in past units. Consider the reintroduction of guest lecturers to host a zoom session.
Action Taken
Tutorials were undertaken on a weekly basis, with case studies and comparative imaging. This enabled the students to reflect on sonographic pathology and active revision, to enhance their learning outcomes.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There should be more flexibility in the assessment tasks. Not all sites do all scans and the uni didn't assist at all in finding a placement to complete them.
Recommendation
There is limited flexibility with assessment tasks as they are a requirement of an external accrediting body. Ideally the university would have available placements that offer different types of specialties in order for students to complete their assessment tasks however this is also limited by clinical sites that are external to the university.
Action Taken
There is limited flexibility to assessment tasks as they are a requirement of external accreditation. Students were supported to undertake, where possible, a limited facilitated placement in order to reach a competent level in a domain they had limited or no exposure.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
More checking in from UC is needed as keeping up scan numbers needs to be checked and assistance with clinical sites needs to be sought when having issues rather than the students being left to deal with it on their own
Recommendation
Consider it a requirement of the academic team of the entire course to engage the students while on clinical placement.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 face to face visits by academic staff were unable to be undertaken. The UC maintained regular email contact with the students as well as phone check in during the running of this unit. The UC provided the opportunity at the end of every weekly zoom tutorial to have a one on one conversation with students requiring extra support.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
All the resources available to us were great including lecture notes and videos from past relevant units. Loved loved loved the detailed expected answer feedback for the practice OSCES style questions posted on moodle.
Recommendation
Continue to provide a practice version of the online image interpretation quiz with detailed feedback provided from the unit coordinator. Continue to provide relevant lectures and videos from past units.
Action Taken
At every tutorial, the UC provided MCQ examples of what was to be expected in the Image interpretation component of the OSCE, as well as short answer questions and case studies, with extensive feedback on what was expected to successfully answer these question in the OSCE examination. The Moodle unit site provided links to past lectures, as well as new links to relevant revision for outside sources and industry guidelines.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Engagement of students while on full-time clinical placement for total of 35 weeks is difficult to achieve
Recommendation
Reintroduction of guest lecturers during zoom sessions will entice students to attend. Consider the possibility of hosting zoom sessions during 'work' hours as opposed to after hours may make attending the sessions more achievable.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorials were conducted after hours due to industry feedback, offering tutorials during working hours impacted on the effective throughput of patients within their departments. The UC found the engagement of this years cohort to be consistent and attendance numbers high.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Portfolio
6 - Professional Practice Placement