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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, abdominal and extra cranial vascular disease is on the rise. In this unit, you will study advanced practice in vascular ultrasound, both arterial and venous. You will acquire knowledge of vascular anatomy, pathophysiology and flow haemodynamics. The application and measurements used in the non-invasive interrogation of peripheral, abdominal and extra cranial 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 vascular disease, including professional, legal and ethical considerations. The classic signs, symptoms, aetiology, prevalence of major peripheral, abdominal and extra cranial vascular disease will be discussed. Case studies will include new developments in vascular ultrasound imaging.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 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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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
Students commented that some lectures were too long and repetitive and there were high volume of contents each week
Recommendation
The length of the lectures will be reduced or one lecture will be divided into 2. The weekly contents will be spread out more and repetitive contents will be removed.
Action Taken
Some lectures were offered as two separate lectures and some repetitive contents were removed.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students were happy with the feedback they received for the assessments and found them helpful.
Recommendation
Will continue the same standard of assessment feedback and continue to provide constructive comments for their assessments.
Action Taken
The same standard of detailed feedback was provided for students in 2019
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students found the online test hard to complete in the allocated time frame, where 60 minutes was too short to answer all the questions
Recommendation
The questions and the time allocated to the online test will be reviewed and if necessary time will be increased to allow for completion of all the questions.
Action Taken
The time allocation for the online test was increased from 60 to 90 minutes.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students commented that the standard and quality of the lectures were mostly outstanding. The support/correspondence from the unit coordinator was prompt and professional. The expectations and time lines were clearly identified and shared with the study group.Students were happy with the regular Zoom tutorials and commented that the tutorials were helpful as it allowed students to take part in the discussion and ask questions.
Recommendation
Will keep the quality of the lectures and their delivery at a high standard. Will continue to provide regular feedback and timely response to their questions.Will continue to provide regular Zoom tutorials on interesting advanced vascular ultrasound topics to keep the student engaged with the unit contents
Action Taken
All the recommendations listed here were adhered to in the delivery of the unit in 2019.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the classic signs, symptoms, aetiology, and prevalence of major peripheral, abdominal and extra cranial vascular disease
  2. Analyse sonographic anatomy and haemodynamic appearances of normal and pathological features of the peripheral, abdominal and extra cranial vasculature in order to interpret and communicate the sonographic findings
  3. Detect vascular pathology through analysis and interpretation of ultrasound images obtained from clinical case studies of common and rare vascular conditions
  4. Evaluate the role of ultrasound and other imaging modalities in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of vascular disease, including professional, legal and ethical considerations.

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
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