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MEDS21002 - Medical Sonography Clinical Practicum 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this course, students should be able to apply their sonographic skills, knowledge and attitudes in the clinical workplace. Having passed the readiness to practice element of the clinical sonography course (Assessment of Readiness (ARC)), the student is well prepared for the workplace and will practice sonography of the abdomen and superficial structures, obstetric and gynaecological studies and some vascular studies in an effective and efficient manner. Critical appraisal of performance will enable students to develop their patient care, professional scanning skills and analytical abilities in a positive and constructive manner.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
NURS13117 Research in Health Care and MEDS13004 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 3

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 3 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Group Discussion 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.

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competency in performance of all sonographic studies.
  2. Interpret and apply requests for sonographic examinations.
  3. Distinguish between normal and abnormal sonographic appearances.
  4. Critique images for diagnostic sufficiency and, if necessary, initiate corrective action.
  5. Solve sonographic problems using a variety of strategies.
  6. Evaluate his/her own thinking throughout the processes used in problem solving and decision making.
  7. Manage the use of time and other resources to complete tasks and attain goals.
  8. Write appropriate technical impressions and preliminary reports.
  9. Apply professional patient care skills, excellent communication skills and a positive attitude to the practice of sonography.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Group Discussion
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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
4 - Group Discussion
3 - Practical Assessment