ECHO12004 - Cardiac Assessment Skills 1
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will acquire knowledge of the key principles and data used to assess the cardiovascular system. This unit prepares you for the clinical workplace through the development of skills in cardiovascular assessment. These will include electrophysiology, cardiac angiography, non-invasive cardiac and respiratory measurements and a variety of cardiac imaging procedures. You will then apply your knowledge to the analysis of the outcomes of that assessment. You are required to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours needed to work in a clinical setting, and will be assessed within a simulated environment. You must pass this unit to be eligible to attend clinical placement in year 2.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound
AND
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management
AND
NCP122527 Adult Echocardiography 1
Co-requisite:
NCP122559 Principles of Cardiac Assessment

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

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 2 - 2017
  • 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
3. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
4. Practical and Written Assessment Pass/Fail
5. Online Quiz(zes) Pass/Fail
6. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
7. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail

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.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform basic clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system.
  2. Critically reflect upon your professional practice utilising constructive feedback.
  3. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice.
  4. Analyse the outcomes of a range of clinical cardiac assessment procedures including consideration of quality assurance.

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac, Foundation units of competence - 1 - 5.
2. European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Core Syllabus
3. American Registry for Cardiac Sonography Core Syllabus

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Practical Assessment      
4 - Practical and Written Assessment      
5 - Online Quiz(zes)      
6 - Written Assessment      
7 - On-campus Activity      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Practical Assessment    
4 - Practical and Written Assessment  
5 - Online Quiz(zes)        
6 - Written Assessment        
7 - On-campus Activity    

Prescribed Textbooks

Cardiac Electrophysiology 2: An Advanced Visual Guide for Nurses, Techs, and Fellows
Author/s: by Paul D. Purves; George J. Klein; Peter Leong-Sit; Raymond Yee; Allan C. Skanes; Lorne J. Gula; and Andrew D. Krahn Year: 2011
Edition: 2011 Publisher: Cardiotext Publishing; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
City: Mineapolis State: USA
Country: USA
The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Author/s: Author: Tom Kenny Year: April 2007
Edition: April 2007, Wiley-Blackwell Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
City: UK State: UK
Country: UK
The Nuts and bolts of Paced ECG Interpretation
Author/s: Tom Kenny Year: May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Edition: May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell Publisher: May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
City: UK State: UK
Country: UK
The Nuts and Bolts of ICD Therapy
Author/s: Tom Kenny Year: 2009
Edition: 2009 Publisher: Wiley
City: UK State: UK
Country: UK
Echocardiography: The Normal Examination and Echocardiographic Measurements
Author/s: B Anderson Year: 2017
Edition: third Publisher: Echotext, Australia. 2017
City: QLD State: QLD
Country: QLD
The Nuts and Bolts of Implantable Device Therapy: Pacemakers
Author/s: Tom Kenny Year: 19 November 2014
Edition: 19 November 2014 Publisher: Wiley
City: UK State: UK
Country: UK
ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography, 2nd Edition
Author/s: Edited by Roberto Lang, MD, FASE, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCP, Steven A Goldstein, MD, FACC, Itzhak Kronzon, MD, FASE, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FACP, Bijoy K Khandheria, MD, FASE, FESC, FACP and Victor Mor-Avi, PhD Year: 2016
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Elsevier
City: Canada State: Canada
Country: Canada
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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 CoordinatorSharon Kay (s.kay@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 10-07-2017

CCL - Introduction to the CCL - part 1

Laboratory, Patient, Equipment, Cardiac imaging, Cardiac chambers and valves, Angiographic angulations, Coronary angiography

EPS - Fundamentals

Anatomy for EP, mechanisms, pacing protocol, conduction for EP

ECHO - 2D measurements

Linear, volume, area measurements for the standard echo protocol

Course Resources Online (CRO)

Moodle resources

Cardiac Electrophysiology: A Visual Guide for Nurses, Techs, and Fellows. Purves (2011) Chapter 1, 7, 14

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 2 17-07-2017

CCL: Introduction to the CCL - Part 2

Laboratory, Patient, Equipment, Cardiac imaging, Cardiac chambers and valves, Angiographic angulations, Coronary angiography

EPS/CRM: EPS set up

Residential school 1

ECHO: 2D measurements

Residential school 1

CRO

Moodle resources

Residential School Workbook

Quiz(es) due 5pm Friday AEST conducted at St Jude/Abbott Facility

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 3 24-07-2017

CCL - Cardiac and coronary pathology

Images and measurements

ECHO - MMODE

Uses, historical, measurements, disadvantages

EPS/CRM - Ablation

Performance and analysis - Transseptal, Atrial tachycardia and Ablation basics, Flutter

CRO

Moodle resources

Cardiac Electrophysiology: A Visual Guide for Nurses, Techs, and Fellows. Purves (2011) Chapter 10, 11, 20

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 4 31-07-2017

CCL: Common CCL equations

RHC, CO methodologies and equations, Thermodilution CO techniques

EPS/CRM: Re-entry rhythms

Analysis of AVRT, AVNT, VT, AFib.

ECHO: Measurements in colour doppler part 1

Basic measurements in colour doppler in Echocardiography

CRO

Moodle resources

Cardiac Electrophysiology: A Visual Guide for Nurses, Techs, and Fellows. Purves (2011) Chapter 8, 9, 12, 13, 20

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 5 07-08-2017

CCL: techniques and equipment

CO-derived variables and their meaning, Transducer function I

ECHO: Performance of Colour flow Doppler examination

EPS/CRM: Intro to CRM

Pacing indications, NBG, Electrical concepts, Single chamber pacing

CRO

Moodle resources

The Nuts and Bolts of Implantable Device Therapy: Pacemakers.Kenny (2015) Chapters 9 - 14

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

ECHO: Colour Doppler in the exam

Residential school 2

EPS/CRM: Introduction to CRM

Residential school 2

CCL: Techniques and equipment

Cardiac function, Diagnostic and PCI devices: Catheters, Wires, Balloons.

CR

Moodle resources

Residential School Workbook

Quiz(es) due 5pm Friday AEST conducted at St Jude/Abbott Facility

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 7 28-08-2017

ECHO: Spectral Doppler

Basic measurements of spectral Doppler

CRM: Dual chamber pacing and tachycardia basics

CCL: AMI

The STEMI patient, Acute PCI: DTBT, PCI, Thrombolysis, STENTS: History, POBA, BMS, DES, covered stents, debulking, thrombuster

CRO

Moodle resources

The Nuts and Bolts of Implantable Device Therapy: Pacemakers. Kenny (2007) Chapters 15 - 19

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 8 04-09-2017

ECHO: The full ECHO examination

Standard protocol

Residential school 3

EP: CRM Residential school 3

CCL: STEMI Cardiac Cath Lab - cases

CRO

Moodle resources

Residential School Workbook

Quiz(es) due 5pm Friday AEST conducted at St Jude/Abbott Facility

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 9 11-09-2017

ECHO: The full ECHO examination

Standard protocol

EPS/CRM: ICD

Indications, Sensing, Arrhythmia therapy

CCL: External life support devices

Uses of IABP, ECMO, Heart-lung machine

CRO

The Nuts and Bolts of ICD therapy. Kenny (2007) Chapters 1 -15

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 10 18-09-2017

ECHO: The standard ECHO protocol

Residential School 4

EPS/CRM: CRM Residential school 4

CCL: External life support devices

Lucas, IABP, ECMO, Heart-lung machine

CRO

Moodle resources

Residential School Workbook

ECHO Practical Skills assessment

EPS Practical Skills assessment

CRM Practical Skills assessment

Quiz(es) due 5pm Friday AEST conducted at St Jude/Abbott Facility

Practical Assessment 1 - CRM Device Due Thursday (21 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Practical Assessment 2 - EPS procedure set up Due Thursday (21 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Practical Assessment 3 - Adult ECHO protocol 2D and doppler Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Practical and Written Assessment Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

ECHO: Review of colour measurments in pathology of MV

CRM: Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy

CCL: Functional dynamics

Fluid and flow dynamics, Oxygen demand, Cardiac function and BP regulation, CO and shunt calculations

CRO

The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Kenny (2007) Chapters 7 - 16

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Week 12 02-10-2017

ECHO: Revision

CRM: Revision

CCL: ECG

Revision and assessment

Combining with CCL diagnostics

Quiz(es) due 3pm Wednesday AEST

Online Quiz(zes) Due Wednesday (04 Oct 17) 03:00 PM AEST
Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
On-campus Activity - Professional Behaviour Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Unit contacts:

  • CCL - John Boland, SYD, j.boland@cqu.edu.au
  • EP/CRM - Cassandra Sims, SYD c.sims@cqu.edu.au / Katrina Sowak, Abbott Health k.sowak@cqu.edu.au / Gerald Russell, Abbott Health g.russell@cqu.edu.au
  • ECHO - Sharon Kay, SYD, s.kay@cqu.edu.au / Kate Taylor PER k.taylor2@cqu.edu.au / Paula Boucaut, BNE. p.boucaut@cqu.edu.au
  • General/operational unit inquiries - Alexandria Bailey, ROK, a.r.bailey@cqu.edu.au

Recommended supplementary texts

  • Anderson, B. 2017, Echocardiography: The Normal Examination and Echocardiographic Measurements (3rd edition), Echotext, Australia.
  • Lang, R., et al, ASE Comprehensive Echocardiography, (2nd edition) 2016 Elsevier, Canada.

Residential Schools

  • Attendance on all days is compulsory to pass ECHO12004
  • Weeks 2, 6, 8, 10
  • Location will be either:
      • Abbott / St Jude Australia Training Facility 17 Orion Rd, Lane Cove. NSW. 2066. Australia
      • CQU Sydney facility

Abbreviations

AFib Atrial fibrillation
AI Aortic valve incompetence
AMI Acute myocardial infarction
AS Aortic valve stenosis
AVNRT Atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia
AVRT Atrioventricular re-entrant
Tachycardia
BMS Bare metal stent
CCL Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
CMP Cardiomyopathy
CO Cardiac output
CRT Cardiac resynchronisation therapy
DES Drug eluting stent
DTBT Door to balloon time
ECHO – MMODE Echocardiography motion mode
ECLS Extracorporeal life support
ECMO Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation
EP Electrophysiology
EPS Electrophysiology study
CRM Cardiac rhythm management
FFR Fractional flow reserve
IABP Intra-aortic balloon pump
ICD Implantable cardiac defibrillator
ICE Inter-cardiac echocardiography
IVUS Intra-vascular cardiac ultrasound / echocardiography
MR Mitral valve regurgitation
NBG NASPE/BPEG Generic (Pacemaker code)
OCT Optical coherence tomography
PCI Percutaneous cardiac intervention
POBA Plain old balloon angiography
PS Pulmonary valve stenosis
RHC Right heart catheterisation
STEMI ST Elevation myocardial infarction
STENTS Stents
TR Tricuspid valve regurgitation

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 1 - CRM Device
Task Description

Skills test - CRM Device

  • This is a PASS/FAIL assessment.
  • The assessment challenges students' ability to perform routine CRM device set up and check advanced beginner level.
  • This is an assessment of the pre-test, interrogation and post-test skills that are further discussed and emphasised in the unit lab manual, instructed labs, lectures, and tutorials.
  • Students will be assessed using the ‘Assessment of Readiness for Clinical’ (ARC) tool.
  • To achieve a pass, each assessment must be passed individually as these indicate the required standard to progress to the second clinical placement.
  • Review the assessment information and ARC tool posted on the unit Moodle site.
  • There will be only ONE (1) opportunity (in the Week 10 residential school) to re-sit the technical and/or professional components of the assessment item.

Sub-assessment items

  • Professional (pre-test and post-test) requirements:
  • Apply patient care techniques and effective communication to obtain relevant patient history, informed consent, and to direct 'patients' accordingly.
  • Apply professionalism in dealing with equipment and the testing setting.

Technical (testing) requirements:

  • Students are required to perform routine techniques and optimisation of the CRM device interrogation in a reasonable time period, to advanced beginner level.
  • CRM skills test is marked as per the ARC tool – testing time limit is 25 minutes.
  • The professional and technical components must each be graded as a 'pass' in order to pass the assessment.
  • The components are graded separately so that if one is passed and the other is not, only the failed component must be repeated.
  • All of the bolded items in the professional assessment must receive full marks to pass the professional assessment.
  • If the student has failed only the professional component, the full assessment will be repeated, but the student will only be marked on the professional component.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Thursday (21-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
This assessment will be completed in the week 10 residential school at Abbott/St Jude site
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Skills Test - CRM

  • A pass rate of 65% of available marks in EACH component of the practical and professional behaviour must be achieved to pass the assessment
  • As per Assessment of Coursework Procedures (Section 3 Assessment Extensions), item 3.2.5, 'these testing tests are considered professional assessment tasks and have an absolute submission date. Accordingly, these assessments must be completed by/on the specified date. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date, and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty'.
  • The CRM tutor will observe the student's performance of the full testing procedure and assess each task relative to the stated standards of the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical (ARC) tool. The ARC tool and supporting details can be found on the unit Moodle site 2 weeks prior to assessment in week 8.
  • The skills test will assess testing technique, image optimisation, demonstration of required anatomy on images obtained, and adherence to test protocols
  • The non-testing component will assess communication, professional behaviour, patient care, infection control, and ergonomics
  • Be aware that ALL practical skills tests will be video recorded for moderation purposes

Re-evaluations:

  • The minimum pass rate on the skills test is 65%.
  • All students who achieve marginal and failing grades will have their images and/or video moderated by a second on-campus assessor and one of the unit facilitators.
  • There will also be random on and off campus moderation of passing grades to ensure assessor accuracy
  • Grades are only finalised once the moderation process is complete
  • In the event that a student does not achieve a minimum of 65% or higher during the week 10 skills test, they will be given ONE (1) opportunity to re-sit the technical and/or professional components of the assessment item in Week 10
  • All students who achieve marginal and failing grades will have their images and/or video moderated by a second assessor and one of the unit facilitators
  • There will also be random on and off campus moderation of passing grades to ensure assessor accuracy
  • Provisional grades will be released once the moderation process is complete. These are not formally certified until just before the start of Term 3, so will only be provisional until that time
  • Be aware that all re-sits will be video recorded for moderation purposes
  • Re-sit results will be released within 10 working days to ensure thorough and accurate moderation
  • Students who fail a pass/fail component of a graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit.
  • Therefore EACH of the two (2) components must be passed individually to pass the unit

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 65%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform basic clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 2 - EPS procedure set up
Task Description

Skills test – EPS procedure set-up

  • This is a PASS/FAIL assessment.
  • The assessment challenges students' ability to perform routine EPS laboratory set up and check to advanced beginner level.
  • This is an assessment of the pre-test, set up and post-test skills that are further discussed and emphasised in the unit lab manual, instructed labs, lectures, and tutorials.
  • Students will be assessed using the ‘Assessment of Readiness for Clinical’ (ARC) tool.
  • To achieve a pass, each assessment must be passed individually as these indicate the required standard to progress to the second clinical placement.
  • Review the assessment information and ARC tool posted on the unit Moodle site.
  • There will be only ONE (1) opportunity (in Week 10) to re-sit the technical and/or professional components of the assessment item.

Sub-assessment items

  • Professional (pre-test and post-test) requirements:
  • Apply sterile and non-sterile care techniques and rechecks and time outs as required.
  • Apply professionalism in dealing with equipment and the testing setting.

Technical (testing) Requirements:

  • Students are required to perform routine techniques in the set-up and follow procedure in a reasonable time period, to advanced beginner level.
  • EPS set-up skills test is marked as per the ARC tool – testing time limit is 25 minutes.
  • The professional and technical components must each be graded as a 'pass' in order to pass the assessment.
  • The components are graded separately so that if one is passed and the other is not, only the failed component must be repeated.
  • All of the bolded items in the professional assessment must receive full marks to pass the professional assessment.
  • If the student has failed only the professional component, the full assessment will be repeated, but the student will only be marked on the professional component.
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Thursday (21-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
These assessments will be conducted in the week 10 residential school at Abbot/ St Jude facilities
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Skills Test – EPS procedure set-up

  • A pass rate of 65% of available marks in EACH component of the practical and professional behaviour must be achieved to pass the assessment.
  • As per Assessment of Coursework Procedures (Section 3 Assessment Extensions), item 3.2.5, 'these testing tests are considered professional assessment tasks and have an absolute submission date. Accordingly, these assessments must be completed by/on the specified date. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date, and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty'.
  • The EPS tutor will observe the student's performance of the full testing procedure and assess each task relative to the stated standards of the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical (ARC) tool. The ARC tool and supporting details can be found on the unit Moodle site.
  • The skills test will assess technique, adherence to protocols, time out and recheck.
  • The non-testing component will assess communication, professional behaviour, patient care, infection control, and ergonomics.
  • Be aware that ALL practical skills tests will be video recorded for moderation purposes

Re-evaluations:

  • Grades are only finalised once the moderation process is complete. In the event that a student does not achieve a minimum of 65% or higher during the week 10 skills test, they will be given ONE (1) opportunity to re-sit the technical and/or professional components of the assessment item in the same residential school Week 10.
  • Students who fail a pass/fail component of a graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit.
  • The minimum pass rate on the skills test is 65%.
  • All students who achieve marginal and failing grades will have their images and/or video moderated by a second on-campus assessor and one of the unit facilitators.
  • There will also be random on and off campus moderation of passing grades to ensure assessor accuracy.
  • All students who achieve marginal and failing grades will have their images and/or video moderated by a second on-campus assessor and one of the unit facilitators.
  • There will also be random on and off campus moderation of passing grades to ensure assessor accuracy.
  • Provisional grades will be released once the moderation process is complete. These are not formally certified until just before the start of Term 3, so will only be provisional until that time.
  • Be aware that all re-sits will be video recorded for moderation purposes.
  • Re-sit results will be released within 10 working days to ensure thorough and accurate moderation.
  • Therefore EACH of the two (2) components must be passed individually to pass the unit.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 65%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform basic clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 3 - Adult ECHO protocol 2D and doppler
Task Description

Skills test – Adult ECHO protocol 2D and doppler

  • This is a PASS/FAIL assessment.
  • The assessment challenges students' ability to perform routine echocardiographic scanning techniques and image optimisation & acquisition in a reasonable time period to advanced beginner level.
  • This is an assessment of the pre-scan, scanning and post-scan skills that are further discussed and emphasised in the unit lab manual, instructed labs, lectures, and tutorials.
  • Students will be assessed using the ‘Assessment of Readiness for Clinical’ (ARC) tool.
  • To achieve a pass, each assessment must be passed individually as these indicate the required standard to progress to the second clinical placement.
  • Review the assessment information and ARC tool posted on the unit Moodle site.
  • There will be only ONE (1) opportunity (in Week 12) to re-sit the technical and/or professional components of the assessment item.

Sub-assessment items

  • Professional (pre-test and post-test) requirements:
  • Apply patient care techniques and effective communication to obtain relevant patient history, informed consent, and to direct patient accordingly.
  • Apply professionalism in dealing with equipment and the scanning setting.

Technical (testing) Requirements:

  • Students are required to perform routine sonographic techniques and image optimisation of the abdomen (male and female) in a reasonable time period, to advanced beginner level.
  • Abdominal ultrasound skills test is marked as per the ARC tool – testing time limit is 60 minutes.
  • The professional and technical components must each be graded as a 'pass' in order to pass the assessment.
  • The components are graded separately so that if one is passed and the other is not, only the failed component must be repeated.
  • All of the bolded items in the professional assessment must receive full marks to pass the professional assessment.
  • If the student has failed only the professional component, the full assessment will be repeated, but the student will only be marked on the professional component.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Wednesday (27-Sep-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Skills Test – Adult echo 2D and doppler protocol

  • A pass rate of 65% of available marks in EACH component of the practical and professional behaviour must be achieved to pass the assessment.
  • As per Assessment of Coursework Procedures (Section 3 Assessment Extensions), item 3.2.5, 'these testing tests are considered professional assessment tasks and have an absolute submission date. Accordingly, these assessments must be completed by/on the specified date. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date, and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty.
  • The echocardiographic tutor will observe the student's performance of the full scanning procedure and assess each task relative to the stated standards of the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical (ARC) tool.
  • The ARC tool and supporting details can be found on the unit Moodle site.
  • The skills test will assess scanning technique, image optimisation, demonstration of required anatomy on images obtained, and adherence to scan protocols.
  • The non-testing component will assess communication, professional behaviour, patient care, infection control, and ergonomics.
  • Be aware that ALL practical skills tests will be video recorded for moderation purposes.

Re-evaluations:

  • The minimum pass rate on the skills test is 65%.
  • All students who achieve marginal and failing grades will have their images and/or video moderated by a second on-campus assessor and one of the unit facilitators.
  • There will also be random on and off campus moderation of passing grades to ensure assessor accuracy.
  • Grades are only finalised once the moderation process is complete.
  • In the event that a student does not achieve a minimum of 65% or higher during the week 10 skills test, they will be given ONE (1) opportunity to re-sit the technical and/or professional components of the assessment item at the end of Week 12.
  • The re-sit practical test will be conducted by a different assessor than that of the first test with a different patient.
  • All students who achieve marginal and failing grades will have their images and/or video moderated by a second on-campus assessor and one of the unit facilitators.
  • There will also be random on and off campus moderation of passing grades to ensure assessor accuracy.
  • Provisional grades will be released once the moderation process is complete. These are not formally certified until just before the start of Term 3, so will only be provisional until that time.
  • Be aware that all re-sits will be video recorded for moderation purposes.
  • Re-sit results will be released within 10 working days to ensure thorough and accurate moderation.
  • Students who fail a pass/fail component of a graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit.
  • Therefore EACH of the two (2) components must be passed individually to pass the unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform basic clinical assessment of the cardiovascular system.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Practical and written assessment: Cardiac Physiologists that perform echocardiography must accurately perform multiple standard measurements on many parts of the echocardiography exam. These form part of the standard protocol. These measurements are then used in combination to derive diagnosis, progression and follow-up of pathology. The transcription of these measurements and equations is an integral part of the cardiac physiologist's job. These measures follow the patient's path and will be reinterpreted by multiple specialities over the course of the patient's treatment, thus the accuracy of the measurements and accuracy of the transcription as a provisional report are essential requirements of a cardiac physiologist.

This is a PASS/FAIL assessment.

  • The assessment challenges students' ability to perform routine echocardiographic measurements on 2D, colour and spectral Doppler techniques and the accurate transcription of these in a reasonable time period to advanced beginner level.
  • This is an assessment of the skills and accuracy of the measurements that are further discussed and emphasised in the unit lab manual, instructed labs, lectures, and tutorials.
  • Students will be assessed using a standard set of echocardiography images.
  • Students will use QStaion software to complete the measurements.
  • Students will transcribe these measurements into a standard echocardiography worksheet
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
This assessment will be performed during the week 10 residential school at CQU
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Practical and written assessment: Adult echo 2D and Doppler protocol - the measurements

  • A pass rate of 65% of available marks is required.
  • As per Assessment of Coursework Procedures (Section 3 Assessment Extensions), item 3.2.5, 'these testing tests are considered professional assessment tasks and have an absolute submission date. Accordingly, these assessments must be completed by/on the specified date. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date, and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty.
  • The test will assess measurement technique, measurement accuracy, image selection, and demonstration of transcription of these measurements.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 65%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Worksheets will be handed in after the completion of these assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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4. Analyse the outcomes of a range of clinical cardiac assessment procedures including consideration of quality assurance.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



5 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The quizzes are to assess your knowledge of the unit material in preparation for the residential schools.

There will be 12 online quizzes.

Each quiz will have 10 questions.

You will be allowed 3 attempts at each quiz.

It is not compulsory to attempt each quiz 3 times. The highest grade you achieve will serve as your final score for that quiz.

Quizzes open at 8 am on Tuesday and close Wednesday at 3pm (AEDT) in each week as specified above.

Once the quiz has commenced you will have approximately 3 minutes per question. For example, a 10 question quiz would be given a time limit of 30 minutes to complete. The total time available for each quiz is subject to change at the discretion of the unit coordinator based on the content of the pool of questions.

No attempts are permitted after the quiz has closed, so ensure adequate time for completion.

Quiz dates and specific topics are available on the unit Moodle site.


Number of Quizzes 12
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Wednesday (04-Oct-2017) 03:00 PM AEST
Quizzes are due each week at 3pm
Return Date to Students Students will receive their score once all students have completed the quiz.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Students must achieve a pass rate of 50% in each of the thirteen (12) quizzes to pass this component.

Answers will be either correct or incorrect and tabulated by the unit Moodle online system.

These are open book quizzes, so you have the opportunity to consult your notes, lecture slides, textbooks and unit Moodle page. However, there will be little time for consulting unit resources and it would be better to collate your own revision sheet from the unit resources prior to attempting the quizzes.

This assessment is to be undertaken as an individual. As with all university examinations, colluding with other students in non-group work tasks is considered academic misconduct.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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4. Analyse the outcomes of a range of clinical cardiac assessment procedures including consideration of quality assurance.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



6 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment will require you to correctly complete and upload the documentation set forth in your ECHO12004 Lab Manual. This includes:

  • A signed Scan Lab Record & Formative Feedback Agreement uploaded in week 3 – Friday 28th July 2017 at 5pm AEST.
  • A signed Consent Form - Sonographic Examination for Teaching Purposes in week 3 – Friday 28th July 2017 at 5pm AEST.
  • 7 Completed Formative Feedback Forms uploaded in week 12 – Friday Oct 6 2017 at 5pm AEST.
  • Completed Scan Lab Attendance Record uploaded in week 12 – Friday Oct 6 2017 at 5pm AEST.
  • Uploaded documentation needs to be in pdf format only and be accurately filled out.
  • 4 paper based inclass quizzes at the end of each residential school 50% pass required

The purpose of this assessment is to prepare you for documentation responsibilities in clinical placement, as well as to develop self-reflection skills by setting goals and following up on progress.

There is an example of a completed Formative Feedback Form in your Lab Manual. You are required to complete your Formative Feedback Forms BEFORE leaving at the end of each lab (as you would be required to complete documentation for each case before the end of a clinical shift) and to have it signed by your instructor. Working clinically, patients and physicians rely on quick, efficient, accurate, and complete documentation to issue treatment.

This assessment ties in with the on-campus Professional Behaviour Assessment - failure to have your Formative Feedback Form signed at the end of a lab will result in a demerit point being issued. If you do not have all lab days signed off on your Lab Attendance, you will need to write in the reason for this (i.e. sick, didn’t get signed – demerit issued, etc.), however all forms in this assessment must be completed and either signed off on or an explanation given to pass this assessment.

Ensure you check times and deadlines for submissions, and that all paperwork is completed correctly and accurately, including uploading in the required format. Failure to do so will result in a fail mark for that assessment component.

This is a pass/fail assessment task – a fail grade for any component of a pass/fail assessment task will result in a fail grade for the whole assessment task. As this is a pass/fail unit, all assessment tasks need to be passed to pass this unit.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Students will be given a pass/fail result within 14 days.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

In a non-graded pass/fail unit, all assessment items must be correctly and accurately submitted by the due date, as there is no opportunity to apply a five percent penalty, due to the pass/fail nature of each assessment task.

Students who fail a single assessment task in a pass-fail unit, or who fail a pass-fail component of a graded unit, will be deemed to have failed that unit.

Conditions

Minimum mark or grade. All documentation must be completed correctly, and uploaded on time and in the right format

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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2. Critically reflect upon your professional practice utilising constructive feedback.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical practice



7 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-campus Activity - Professional Behaviour Assessment
Task Description

Professional behaviour is a critical part of any medical imaging profession, and encompasses the manner in which we treat our colleagues, patients, and the professional settings and equipment provided to us. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that students from the medical echocardiography course are well-equipped to embody the high standards of professionalism that are expected from CQUniversity students while on clinical placements.
  1. This assessment will require you to treat each of your lab sessions as a scheduled "work shift" and to exhibit high quality professional attributes to ensure you are prepared to enter the work force with the 1. 2. 3. skills required to provide safe patient care and professional behaviour. As such, this assessment is based on continuous and ongoing assessment of student application and attendance during labs. Note: this extends to all behavior exhibited by you during your time studying this unit.This includes participation in forums and online tutorials, labs, social media etiquette, phone calls, attitude towards peers and staff; and all official correspondence with university staff, peers, and community.

    This is a PASS/FAIL assessment. This assessment is scored using a demerit point system - to pass this unit, a student can receive a MAXIMUM of three (3) demerit points i.e. if a fourth demerit point is issued, the assessment will be graded as a FAIL. As this is a PASS/FAIL unit, all assessment items must be graded as a pass to be awarded a pass in this unit.

    All interactions with staff and peers pertaining to this unit will be treated as a replica of the clinical work environment. You will be expected to demonstrate all of the professional behaviour that will be expected of you in a formal work environment. Demerit points can be issued in three (3) different categories:

    1. Professional behaviours towards colleagues.
    2. Professional behaviours towards patients.
    3. Professional behaviours NOT in professional settings and equipment.

    Expected behaviour and its relevance to the clinical environment is listed under the Professional Behaviour Assessment Outline on the unit Moodle site. You must review this information and be aware of what is expected of you for this unit.

    Be aware that NOT having your Formative Feedback Forms signed after your lab day would have consequences in a clinical setting and will warrant a demerit point. You will be required to fill out a Formative Feedback Form for each of your labs, but not for the dates of your practical skills and competency tests as outlined in the lab manual. It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the Code of Conduct in the Lab Manual as well as the ASAR Code of Conduct and the CQU Code of Conduct. All of these documents are posted on the unit Moodle site for your information.

    If unprofessional behaviour is reported by fellow classmates and not witnessed by a staff member, a written warning detailing the allegations will be issued to the student, and the student's response documented. If further evidence of an on-going unprofessional behaviour surfaces, then a demerit point may be issued.

    Up to three (3) demerit points can be issued before the assessment is graded as a FAIL. However, if any exhibited behaviour is deemed as UNSAFE for clinical practice, the professional behaviour assessment will be graded as a FAIL at the discretion of the unit coordinator.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students A Pass/Fail grade will be uploaded to gradebook within 7 working days of due date.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

When a demerit point is issued, it will be discussed between the student, on-site lecturer and / or the unit coordinator. Written documentation explaining the reason for the demerit point will be provided to the student, signed by the on-site tutor or unit coordinator.

Accruing FOUR or more demerit points in the unit will result in the assessment being graded as a FAIL. As this is a pass/fail unit, all assessment items must be graded as a pass to successfully pass the unit.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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3. Display professional behaviour, teamwork and communication skills consistent with safe practice.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Engagement

The Cardiac Physiology course teaches cognitive, technical and creative skills that will ensure students can engage with the workplace and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

Communication - Students are provided with a variety of contexts to demonstrate written, verbal and non-verbal communication.

Problem Solving - Students are presented with case-studies, real-life scenarios and clinical related problems in order to perform various problem solving techniques.

Information literacy and technology competence - Media rich learning environments provide opportunities for students to engage in multiple literacies throughout the course with an emphasis on current technological advancements in teaching, learning and the clinical environment.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Achieved by the use of experts, use of videos and stories to teach. Making the curriculum relevant for real life. Course and research material are reviewed for their indigenous cultural sensitivity.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

Students are encouraged to search for material internationally and think about their studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Ensure advancements in Health and Medical Physiology are by sustainable ethical research.

Work Related Learning

Science, clinical and research skills are learned to improve patient related care.


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