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MEDS20019 - Advanced Vascular Ultrasound

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Vascular ultrasound is a common part of clinical practice and with the ageing of the population the incidence of peripheral vascular disease is on the rise. In this unit, you will study advanced practice in peripheral vascular ultrasound, both arterial and venous. You will acquire knowledge of peripheral vascular anatomy, embryology, pathophysiology and flow haemodynamics. The application and measurements used in the non-invasive interrogation of peripheral vasculature will be explained. You will appreciate the role of ultrasound, and other imaging modalities, in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of a patient with peripheral vascular disease, including professional, legal and ethical considerations. The classic signs, symptoms, aetiology, prevalence of major peripheral vascular and lymphatic disease will be discussed. Case studies will include new developments in vascular ultrasound imaging. This unit includes an optional residential school comprising practical training in advanced vascular ultrasound.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 Optional Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

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. Portfolio 50%
2. Online Test 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Lecture material and assessments were given out in advance which made it easier to be organised
Recommendation
Continue to provide lectures early in the term and outline assessment requirements at the start of the term.
Action Taken
The first few weeks of lectures and the assessment requirements were provided well in advance from two weeks prior to start of the term.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Wide coverage of topics was good. Plenty of revision material supplied which was great to ensure understanding of topics
Recommendation
Continue to provide information on a wide range of vascular conditions.In addition, a comprehensive e-reading should be developed and additional resources can be added to the unit Moodle site to support student learning.
Action Taken
In 2020, lectures were provided on a wide range of vascular ultrasound topics. Additionally, a very comprehensive e-reading list (including highly cited research articles and relevant book chapters) was developed to provide new additional learning resources.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students felt that vague information were provided in relation to the expectations of the practice quizzes. They felt almost all answers had to be sought externally to the lecture notes provided.
Recommendation
Clearer instructions to be provided on the exercise questions to better guide the students on how to complete the task.
Action Taken
Instructions about the practice quizzes were provided in the welcome video and throughout the term via the News and General Discussion forums.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students could not attend the live tutorials due to time constraints due to home and work commitments and preferred watching the recorded tutorials or an alternative time for live tutorials.
Recommendation
In the future delivery of this unit, students to be invited to suggest a suitable time for the delivery of live Zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Students were invited to suggest a day and a time for the intended live online tutorials. As a result, there was improved student attendance at the Zoom tutorials compared to the previous year.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students' satisfaction with the assessments and feedback was lower this year.
Recommendation
Additional tutorials related to writing skills and referencing should be provided and practice online test to be developed and added to the unit Moodle site to better prepare the students and improve their chances of success in obtaining higher grades in their assessments.
Action Taken
Students were provided with access to a series of short lectures on expected standards of academic writing. Additionally, a Zoom tutorial by the ALC staff was facilitated to mentor students on developing written clinical case studies in preparation for their first assessment. A practice online test was provided for students prior to the summative end of term online test.
Source: Moodle Activity Viewer and SAM (Student Activity Monitor)
Feedback
Students engaged less with tutorials and group discussion in the 2019 offering compared to 2018 offering of this unit.
Recommendation
Communication to be held with students early in the term using General Discussion Forum to encourage students' input for topics of interest to be chosen for discussion during live tutorials.
Action Taken
Communication early in the term invited students to suggest topics of interest for discussion on the forums and at the tutorials. There was increased interaction with the discussion forums and tutorials as a result.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students really enjoyed the lectures provided by specialist clinical vascular sonographers as they felt they had a better 'real world' grasp and understanding of what is required in the every day clinical practice.
Recommendation
Continue to include lectures from specialist vascular sonographers who can provide the latest updates on clinical sonographic protocols, so that these can be incorporated by students in their own clinical practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students commented that the UC was always available with prompt and well informed feedback.
Recommendation
Continue to provide timely feedback to student queries and concerns.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse sonographic anatomy, embryology, pathophysiology and haemodynamic appearance of normal and pathological structures of the peripheral vasculature.
  2. Research the role of ultrasound and other imaging modalities in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of peripheral vascular disease, including professional, legal and ethical considerations
  3. Interpret data gained through non-invasive interrogation of peripheral vasculature
  4. Describe the classic signs, symptoms, aetiology, and prevalence of major peripheral vascular and lymphatic disease.

The Masters course does not lead to entry into the sonography profession but is rather studied by qualified practitioners to support advanced practice. Therefore it does not require external accreditation. The Master of Medical Ultrasound qualifies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity (activity code 10B - Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR)). Thus unit alone does not lead to award of a qualification in specialist vascular ultrasound.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Online Test