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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
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.
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Residential School Optional Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

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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%).

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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