MEDS13007 - Musculoskeletal Sonography
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces you to musculoskeletal ultrasound. In the unit you will acquire knowledge of the anatomy, pathophysiology, sonographic appearance, scanning protocols and techniques relevant to the musculoskeletal system. You will demonstrate problem solving strategies to formulate differential diagnoses and produce a sonographic report. You will plan for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound

AND

MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Some students felt that the assignment task did not aid their learning. Student feedback. Communicate more clearly to the students the need for units to assist them not just in their current unit but in preparing them for future study.
Unit lacking a practical scanning component. Student feedback. While access to the sonography lab is limited due to second and third year requirements. A small practical component will be introduced into the unit next year.
Unit too content heavy. Student feedback. Revision of eCourse profile to emphasise the need for students to attend the weekly Blackboard Collaborate sessions. In this way students will gain a better understanding of the material and essential concepts related to the unit.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe musculoskeletal anatomy and body mechanics.
  2. Differentiate the variance of normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the musculoskeletal system.
  3. Describe sonographic techniques and protocols appropriate to musculoskeletal ultrasound.
  4. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.
  5. Formulate strategies for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.

The learning outcomes for this unit have been linked to:

ASAR Required Graduate Competency Outcomes for General Sonography Accreditation Standards 1.2.

1,2,3,4, 5 and 9

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking      
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Author/s: Jon A. Jacobson Year: 2013
Edition: 2 Publisher: Elsevier
City: Philadelphia State: Philadelphia
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This book is also available as an e-book from Elsevier and can be downloaded from their website.

9781455738236 . Students can follow this link http://store.elsevier.com/Fundamentals-of-Musculoskeletal-Ultrasound/Jon-Jacobson/isbn-9781455738182/

Please note the first two chapters of this textbook are only available through the ExpertConsult.com web site. To gain access to this site you must use the code printed inside the textbook. This code is non-transferable so please do not purchase second hand copies of this text.

This book can also be purchased through the CQUniversity Bookshop.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • A-S-A online articles (You are required to become a student member of A-S-A, this is free)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBrendan Goode (b.goode@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Week 1: The basics of
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Jacobson Chapter 1 - Please note chapters 1 and 2 of Jacobson are available as an online resource only.

Practice Quiz 1

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am Queensland time which for those in the southern states is 12:30 pm.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Week 2:Common Pathologies

Jacobson Chapter 2 - Please note chapters 1 and 2 of Jacobson are available as an online resource only.

Practice Quiz 2

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am Queensland time which for those in the southern states is 12:30 pm.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Week 3: The Shoulder

Jacobson Chapter 3

Practice Quiz 3.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am Queensland time which for those in the southern states is 12:30 pm.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Week 4:The Elbow

Jacobson Chapter 4

Practice Quiz 4.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am Queensland time which for those in the southern states is 12:30 pm.

Note final week of Daylight Savings Times.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Week 5: The Wrist part 1

Jacobson Chapter 5

Images of various abnormalities/pathological conditions as they relate to M.S.K sonography for you to try and diagnose.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday a 11:30 am for all states due to Daylight Savings Finishing.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017


Week 6 17-04-2017

Week 6:The Wrist part 2

Jacobson Chapter 5

Practice Quiz 5

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Week 7:The Ankle

Jacobson Chapter 8,

Practice Quiz 6.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am .

Assignment due Wednesday.

Written Assessment Due Wednesday (26 Apr 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Week 8:The Knee

Jacobson Chapter 7

Practice Quiz 7.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am .

Week 9 08-05-2017

Week 9:The Hip and Thigh

Jacobson Chapter 6

Practice Quiz 8.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am .

Week 10 15-05-2017

Week 10: Hernias

Jacobson Chapter 6.

Practice Quiz 9.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am .

Week 11 22-05-2017

Week 11: Interventional

techniques

Jacobson Chapter 11

Practice Quiz 10.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am .

Week 12 29-05-2017

Week 12 - No prescribed material (Revision for exam)

Revise Practice Quizzes.

Zoom collaborate session to be held on Thursday at 11:30 am -Q&A session about the end of term examination.
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017


Exam Week 12-06-2017


1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description
Structure

This assessment activity requires you to produce a written and image-based assignment. Format should utilize the PowerPoint Poster option available in Microsoft PowerPoint and depict a musculoskeletal condition presented in weeks 2 to 6 from the course Moodle site.

Purpose

This activity is intended to provide you with experience in researching and depicting a clinical condition that you may be challenged with in the field of musculoskeletal sonography in a succinct, accurate and visually appealing manner.

Value

The visual aspect of the sonographic profession is extremely important. Your assessment will be instrumental in demonstrating that you have the skills and understanding to combine theoretical knowledge and present it in a visually appealing, accurate and succinct fashion.

Please Note

· 1000 words +/-10% not including references (An assessment outside this length will not receive full marks as you need to demonstrate you can articulate your ideas in a clear and concise manner, ensuring key points are addressed)
· You are not expected to generate the images yourself. To complete this assessment successfully you must accurately reference your image sources using the A.P.A. format
· Please ensure your student name and number are visible in the poster heading along with your status as a sonography student at Central Queensland University.
· Your poster is a powerful piece of media for your audiences, ensure that your image/s are of excellent quality and that the poster is visually appealing to the audience and engages the reader.
Target audience is health care professionals especially qualified sonograpers.
· Use current material sources i.e. within the last 10 years.
Assessment Due Date Week 7 Wednesday (26-Apr-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
Submit on-line through Turnitin
Return Date to Students Week 9 Thursday (11-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are awarded as follows:

  • All writing to be of academic quality and nature with no one sentence paragraphs or incomplete ideas.
  • Writing perspective should be consistent and in the third person.
  • Clear, concise descriptions related to topic selected.
  • Topic selected should be relevant to the field of musculoskeletal sonography and is not to be a simple "how to" scan of a particular region.
  • Images accurately correlate with description and topic selected.
  • Images being of sufficient quality, clearly labelled and referenced appropriately.
  • Accurate spelling and grammar.
  • Aesthetic appeal of poster.
  • Referencing accurate, complete and conforming to APA style.

A marking rubric will be available in week one of Moodle with further information supplied during the Zoom Collaborate in week one.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of available marks must be attained in order to pass this assessment.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe musculoskeletal anatomy and body mechanics.

2. Differentiate the variance of normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the musculoskeletal system.

3. Describe sonographic techniques and protocols appropriate to musculoskeletal ultrasound.

4. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.

5. Formulate strategies for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe musculoskeletal anatomy and body mechanics.

2. Differentiate the variance of normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the musculoskeletal system.

3. Describe sonographic techniques and protocols appropriate to musculoskeletal ultrasound.

4. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.

5. Formulate strategies for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice

Engagement

The course MEDS 13007 teaches cognitive, technical and lateral thinking skills that will help you to recognize anatomy especially relevant to the field of musculoskeletal sonographic imaging. This will enable you to better engage with the Medical Imaging workplace and wider radiology community.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate attributes will focus on students developing a deeper understanding of sonographic anatomy especially as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. By developing an understanding of normal anatomy and its sonographic appearance students will be more able to recognizing abnormal sonographic musculoskeletal appearances. Through lecturers, readings and Zoom Collaborate sessions students will be exposed to both the normal and abnormal sonographic appearance as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. Students will be expected to communicate, both in a verbal and written format, sonographic findings in a concise, accurate and professional manner as suites the sonographic profession. These communication skills will be built upon through the assessment task and weekly Zoom Collaborate sessions.

Graduates will learn a standard sonographic imaging protocol as it relates to regions of the musculoskeletal system and lean the approximate location in which to place the ultrasound probe in order to generate the required images.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Achieved through the utilisation of lectures and stories in the teaching material, so as to make the curriculum relevant for real life. Unit and research material are reviewed for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural sensitivity

Internationalisation of Curriculum

Unit readings and material include international information related to written text and diagnostic images. Students are encouraged to search for information internationally and reflect upon the international nature of their studies.

Sustainability

Consideration is given to unit lectures and weekly Moodle material so that they do not have negative consequences for future generations especially as it relates to the ergonomics of sonography.

Students are encouraged to ensure advancements in health and medical sonography are by sustainable ethical research

Work Related Learning

Course knowledge, practical/research skills and professional behavior are discussed so as to improve patient care and workplace interaction skills with other health care professionals.


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