MEDS20002 - Medical Sonography Clinical Course 3
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This graduate clinical unit builds on the sonographic skills, knowledge and attitudes developed during the Bachelor of Medical Sonography. You will perform diagnostic scans in areas appropriate for an ‘Entry Level Sonographer’ (as described by the Australian Sonography Association) to specified levels of competency. You will evaluate findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate further investigation when appropriate. You will engage with your clinical supervisor in a critical appraisal of your professional behaviour.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

MEDS13001 Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2 prerequisite
AND
MEDS13008 Vascular Sonography prerequisite
AND
MEDS13002 Sonographic Skills Development 2 prerequisite
AND
MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 2 prerequisite

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
  • Mixed Mode

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 Postgraduate 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 Assessment Pass/Fail
5. Portfolio Pass/Fail
6. Off-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.

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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
Students liked the availability of collaborate tutorials Student feedback Continue collaborate tutorials
Students mentioned they would like to do case studies - but found it too much last year. Maybe trial quizzes that students can chose to do to test knowledge. Student feedback Trial case study quizzes
Industry mentioned students need to have more university-based simulation practice with Obstetric cases. Industry feedback Research into this area has indicated that there may be a computer-based resource students could use to help them with skills in obstetrics. I will look into this further and obtain costings.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform vascular, musculoskeletal and obstetric sonographic examinations under supervision.
  2. Perform diagnostic scans in specified areas to meet the ASA Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer.
  3. Evaluate sonographic findings and formulate appropriate sonographic protocol to solve complex diagnostic problems.
  4. Critically reflect upon your professionalism, teamwork, communication skills and safe clinical practice.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer
Units 1-5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

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 Assessment      
5 - Portfolio    
6 - Off-campus Activity      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced 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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Practical Assessment      
4 - Practical Assessment    
5 - Portfolio        
6 - Off-campus Activity        

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There are no required textbooks.
Note: To assist you on clinical placement you will need access to textbooks previously purchased whilst studying the medical sonography course- particularly books purchased for any unit with the MEDS prefix.
These textbooks will be useful as they will enable you to revise sonographic pathophysiology, ultrasound physics, human anatomy and aspects of sonography practice. Clinical supervisors are encouraged to ask students questions about sonographic knowledge, skill and appropriate professional behaviour. They may ask you to research an aspect of sonographic practice related to a case seen on clinical placement. To do this well you will need your textbooks at hand.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • ZOOM
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 CoordinatorAnita Bowman (a.bowman@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

Clinical week 5

This clinical unit starts four weeks before term 1 commences.

This unit consists of 19 weeks, or 760 hours, of clinical placement from Monday 6th February 2017 until Friday 16th June 2017 inclusive.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Clinical week 6

13-03-2016 is a public holiday in VIC and SA. If placed in these states you can enter this as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form.
Week 3 20-03-2017

Clinical week 7



Week 4 27-03-2017

Clinical week 8


Week 5 03-04-2017

Clinical week 9

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Clinical week 10

14-04-2017 is a national public holiday. You can enter this as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Clinical week 11

17-04-2017 is a national public holiday. You can enter this as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Clinical week 12

25-04-2016 is a national public holiday. You can enter this as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form.
Week 8 01-05-2017

Clinical week 13

02-05-2017 is a QLD public holiday. If placed in these states you can enter this as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form.
Week 9 08-05-2017

Clinical week 14

Week 10 15-05-2017

Clinical week 15

Week 11 22-05-2017 Clinical week 16
Week 12 29-05-2017 Clinical week 17
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017 Clinical week 18
Exam Week 12-06-2017 Clinical week 19
This will be your final week of clinical placement if you have completed all unit assessment requirements. Advise the unit coordinator if you need to extend your placement completion date. All assessment extension requests must be emailed to the unit coordinator.

12-06-2017 is a public holiday in NSW, QLD and SA. If placed in these states you can enter this as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form.

Assessment due dates fall outside the university term dates. All assessment items are due on Monday 19th June at 16:00 PM AEST. Any students who have negotiated to extend placement dates will be eligible to apply for assessment extensions by emailing the unit coordinator.

The unit coordinator is Anita Bowman. I can be contacted on a.bowman@cqu.edu.au or 07 4923 2244 or 0448 171261. Generally I am best contacted by email.
The clinical placement team is also an integral part of the staffing of this unit. They are Jane Wardle and the clinical placement officers, Vanessa Henderson and Kathleen Mossemenear.
This clinical unit builds on the sonographic knowledge, skills and attributes developed during MEDS13006 Medical sonography clinical course 2. You will perform medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations to meet many of the standards of the 'Australasian Sonographers Association Competency Guidelines for a Graduate Entry-Level Sonographer'. You will evaluate findings to formulate a differential diagnosis and suggest further investigation where appropriate. You will engage with your clinical supervisor in a critical appraisal of your professional behavior and you will apply appropriate professional and interpersonal skills to sonographic practice in accordance with Central Queensland University postgraduate attributes and requirements for external professional accreditation by Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry.
There are no specified texts for this unit. However you are expected to revise previous unit content related to the pathological knowledge and practical skills of sonography. This includes content from the units obstetric, gynecology and vascular ultrasound and Sonographic Skills Development. To this end you must ensure that the texts for those units are available for you to consult whilst on placement. Clinical supervisors often assign 'homework' such as researching a clinical case seen that day - so be prepared with appropriate texts for support. You are expected to consult texts regularly to enhance your knowledge and understanding during this clinical unit.
This clinical unit starts four weeks before term 1 commences and consists of a 19 week (760 hour) clinical placement. The clinical placement dates are from Monday 6th February 2017 until Friday 16th June 2017 inclusive. You must attend your allocated clinical placement for the entirety of each working day, including the last day of placement, unless alternative arrangements have been agreed by both the unit coordinator and clinical supervisor. Please note that there are public holidays during your clinical placement. These can be entered as 8 hours on your clinical attendance form and do not need to be 'made up'. Please advise the unit coordinator if you need to extend your placement end date in order to complete course requirements. Any students who have negotiated to extend placement dates will be eligible to apply for assessment extensions by email to the unit coordinator. If you are experiencing difficulty meeting unit assessment requirements please contact the unit coordinator.
This is a pass / fail non-graded unit which means that you must pass each individual assessment in order to pass the unit.
Please note this important information from the University Assessment of Unitwork Procedures.3.2.6
This is a non-graded (pass/fail) unit. All work must be submitted by the due date, as there is no opportunity to apply a 5% penalty due to the pass/fail nature of the assessment tasks. A student who fails any assessment in a pass/fail unit or a pass/fail component of a graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit.

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 1
Task Description

For this clinical placement you must complete practical assessments in any three (3) of the following six (6) domains of practice: vascular (carotid), superficial structure (thyroid or testes), breast (female), musculoskeletal (shoulder), abdomen, obstetric (18-22 week) morphology studies. Each of the practical assessments 1-3 relate to competency in the three domains of practice which you chose to challenge in this clinical placement. Those domains in which you chose NOT to complete a practical assessment will form your practical assessment choices for Clinical Unit 4.

To graduate as a medical sonographer (general) you must achieve entry-level competence in each of the six domains of practice identified by the external accreditation body, the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry

This assessment task measures your overall aptitude and competence in completing an ultrasound examination in one of these six domains of practice. The required levels of competency are:

  • vascular (carotid) to competency level,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) to competency level,
  • breast (female) to competency level,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) to competency level,
  • abdomen to competency level,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology to advanced beginner competency level.

For this practical assessment chose one of the domains of practice above. Then complete a practical test in this domain of practice to achieve the appropriate competency level as stated above.
This task will be assessed by your clinical supervisor, or a delegate sonographer using the standardised form provided. Click this link to access the relevant assessment forms and marking criteria. These forms are also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site but it is advisable to provide a printed copy to your clinical supervisor at the commencement of your placement.
Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your sonographic skill, and relevant theoretical knowledge, will be evaluated.
Discuss the best time to complete this assessment with your clinical supervisor. After the assessment ask for feedback so you can focus your efforts at improvement in the areas mentioned by your supervisor. If you do not meet the required standard on your first attempt, you must seek detailed feedback from your assessor so you can develop a strategy to improve your performance. You should share your plan for improvement with your assessor. You may then repeat this assessment and must achieve the required level. Your clinical supervisor must complete and sign the assessment form before you submit it through the assessment block in the unit Moodle site.
In this assessment you will demonstrate your ability to carry out all tasks of the ultrasound examination with minimal intervention, guidance or correction by the assessor. The assessment must be attempted prior to completion of the clinical placement block.
You are permitted two attempts to complete this assessment task.

Assessment Due Date Due on Monday 19th June 2017 at 16:00 AEST. The completed practical assessment form must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.
Return Date to Students Performance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If assessment conditions are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will address the following areas of your performance in one of six domains of practice:

  • Occupational health and safety including ergonomics.
  • Accurate documentation and communication of findings.
  • Ability to recognise the need to and extend the clinical examination where appropriate.
  • Recognition and understanding of the relevant anatomy and pathology demonstrated.
  • Interrogation of anatomy and acquisition of relevant images to demonstrate diagnostic sufficiency and completeness of information contained.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation including optimisation of survey and images through appropriate selection of parameters and technique.
  • Pre-scan, scan and post-scan preparation and tasks.
  • Patient care and communication.

The required levels of competency are:

  • vascular (carotid) to competency level,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) to competency level,
  • breast (female) to competency level,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) to competency level,
  • abdomen to competency level,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology to advanced beginner competency level.

To achieve a level of 'competent', you must attain a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 4, and no scores of 1 or 2.

To achieve a level of 'advanced beginner' (obstetric scan only) you must attain a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 3, and no scores of 1.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This is a pass / fail assessment. 'Competent' level requires a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 4, and no scores of 1 or 2. 'Advanced beginner' (obstetric scan only) requires a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 3, and no scores of 1.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission of the completed form via unit Moodle site by the due date.

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 vascular, musculoskeletal and obstetric sonographic examinations under supervision.

3. Evaluate sonographic findings and formulate appropriate sonographic protocol to solve complex diagnostic problems.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 2
Task Description

For this clinical placement you must complete practical assessments in any three (3) of the following six (6) domains of practice: vascular (carotid), superficial structure (thyroid or testes), breast (female), musculoskeletal (shoulder), abdomen, obstetric (18-22 week) morphology studies. Each of the practical assessments 1-3 relate to competency in the three domains of practice which you chose to challenge in this clinical placement. Those domains in which you chose NOT to complete a practical assessment will form your practical assessment choices for Clinical Unit 4.

To graduate as a medical sonographer (general) you must achieve entry-level competence in each of the six domains of practice identified by the external accreditation body, the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry

This assessment task measures your overall aptitude and competence in completing an ultrasound examination in one of these six domains of practice. The required levels of competency are:

  • vascular (carotid) to competency level,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) to competency level,
  • breast (female) to competency level,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) to competency level,
  • abdomen to competency level,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology to advanced beginner competency level.

For this practical assessment chose one of the domains of practice above. Then complete a practical test in this domain of practice to achieve the appropriate competency level as stated above.
This task will be assessed by your clinical supervisor, or a delegate sonographer using the standardised form provided. Click this link to access the relevant assessment forms and marking criteria. These forms are also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site but it is advisable to provide a printed copy to your clinical supervisor at the commencement of your placement.
Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your sonographic skill, and relevant theoretical knowledge, will be evaluated.
Discuss the best time to complete this assessment with your clinical supervisor. After the assessment ask for feedback so you can focus your efforts at improvement in the areas mentioned by your supervisor. If you do not meet the required standard on your first attempt, you must seek detailed feedback from your assessor so you can develop a strategy to improve your performance. You should share your plan for improvement with your assessor. You may then repeat this assessment and must achieve the required level. Your clinical supervisor must complete and sign the assessment form before you submit it through the assessment block in the unit Moodle site.
In this assessment you will demonstrate your ability to carry out all tasks of the ultrasound examination with minimal intervention, guidance or correction by the assessor. The assessment must be attempted prior to completion of the clinical placement block.
You are permitted two attempts to complete this assessment task.

Assessment Due Date Due on Monday 19th June 2017 at 16:00 AEST. The completed practical assessment form must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.
Return Date to Students Performance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If assessment conditions are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will address the following areas of your performance in one of six domains of practice:

  • Occupational health and safety including ergonomics.
  • Accurate documentation and communication of findings.
  • Ability to recognise the need to and extend the clinical examination where appropriate.
  • Recognition and understanding of the relevant anatomy and pathology demonstrated.
  • Interrogation of anatomy and acquisition of relevant images to demonstrate diagnostic sufficiency and completeness of information contained.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation including optimisation of survey and images through appropriate selection of parameters and technique.
  • Pre-scan, scan and post-scan preparation and tasks.
  • Patient care and communication.

The required levels of competency are:

  • vascular (carotid) to competency level,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) to competency level,
  • breast (female) to competency level,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) to competency level,
  • abdomen to competency level,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology to advanced beginner competency level.

To achieve a level of 'competent', you must attain a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 4, and no scores of 1 or 2.

To achieve a level of 'advanced beginner' (obstetric scan only) you must attain a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 3, and no scores of 1.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This is a pass / fail assessment. 'Competent' level requires a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 4, and no scores of 1 or 2. 'Advanced beginner' (obstetric scan only) requires a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 3, and no scores of 1.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission of the completed form via unit Moodle site by the due date.

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

2. Perform diagnostic scans in specified areas to meet the ASA Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 3
Task Description

For this clinical placement you must complete practical assessments in any three (3) of the following six (6) domains of practice: vascular (carotid), superficial structure (thyroid or testes), breast (female), musculoskeletal (shoulder), abdomen, obstetric (18-22 week) morphology studies. Each of the practical assessments 1-3 relate to competency in the three domains of practice which you chose to challenge in this clinical placement. Those domains in which you chose NOT to complete a practical assessment will form your practical assessment choices for Clinical Unit 4.

To graduate as a medical sonographer (general) you must achieve entry-level competence in each of the six domains of practice identified by the external accreditation body, the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry

This assessment task measures your overall aptitude and competence in completing an ultrasound examination in one of these six domains of practice. The required levels of competency are:

  • vascular (carotid) to competency level,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) to competency level,
  • breast (female) to competency level,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) to competency level,
  • abdomen to competency level,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology to advanced beginner competency level.

For this practical assessment chose one of the domains of practice above. Then complete a practical test in this domain of practice to achieve the appropriate competency level as stated above.
This task will be assessed by your clinical supervisor, or a delegate sonographer using the standardised form provided. Click this link to access the relevant assessment forms and marking criteria. These forms are also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site but it is advisable to provide a printed copy to your clinical supervisor at the commencement of your placement.
Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your sonographic skill, and relevant theoretical knowledge, will be evaluated.
Discuss the best time to complete this assessment with your clinical supervisor. After the assessment ask for feedback so you can focus your efforts at improvement in the areas mentioned by your supervisor. If you do not meet the required standard on your first attempt, you must seek detailed feedback from your assessor so you can develop a strategy to improve your performance. You should share your plan for improvement with your assessor. You may then repeat this assessment and must achieve the required level. Your clinical supervisor must complete and sign the assessment form before you submit it through the assessment block in the unit Moodle site.
In this assessment you will demonstrate your ability to carry out all tasks of the ultrasound examination with minimal intervention, guidance or correction by the assessor. The assessment must be attempted prior to completion of the clinical placement block.
You are permitted two attempts to complete this assessment task.



Assessment Due Date Due on Monday 19th June 2017 at 16:00 or 04:00 PM AEST The completed practical assessment form must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.
Return Date to Students Performance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If assessment conditions are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will address the following areas of your performance in one of six domains of practice:

  • Occupational health and safety including ergonomics.
  • Accurate documentation and communication of findings.
  • Ability to recognise the need to and extend the clinical examination where appropriate.
  • Recognition and understanding of the relevant anatomy and pathology demonstrated.
  • Interrogation of anatomy and acquisition of relevant images to demonstrate diagnostic sufficiency and completeness of information contained.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation including optimisation of survey and images through appropriate selection of parameters and technique.
  • Pre-scan, scan and post-scan preparation and tasks.
  • Patient care and communication.

The required levels of competency are:

  • vascular (carotid) to competency level,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) to competency level,
  • breast (female) to competency level,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) to competency level,
  • abdomen to competency level,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology to advanced beginner competency level.

To achieve a level of 'competent', you must attain a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 4, and no scores of 1 or 2.

To achieve a level of 'advanced beginner' (obstetric scan only) you must attain a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 3, and no scores of 1.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This is a pass / fail assessment. 'Competent' level requires a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 4, and no scores of 1 or 2. 'Advanced beginner' (obstetric scan only) requires a minimum of eighteen (18) scores of 3, and no scores of 1.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission of the completed form via the unit Moodle site.

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

2. Perform diagnostic scans in specified areas to meet the ASA Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



4 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Global assessment of professional attributes
Task Description

Clinical placement occurs in the professional workplace. As a clinical student you are provided access to that workplace on the condition that you demonstrate behaviours and attributes of a healthcare professional and present a positive image to the clinical facility's staff and clients. As a student in the medical sonographer profession in Australia, you are also required to be working toward consistent compliance with the Code of Conduct for Medical Sonographers.

Clinical sites mention professional behaviour, particularly team work and empathy, as paramount in their decision to employ a sonographer. This assessment considers your ability to communicate professionally with a diverse cultural audience of patients, staff and the general public, demonstrate professional respect for all, and function as a reliable, well organised member of the health team.

Your clinical supervisor, or delegate, will be working in the sonography area with you, directly observing your day-to-day performance, and/or obtaining feedback from supervising sonographers who are doing so. These observations and collected feedback relate to your demonstrated knowledge, skills and behaviours over a span of time, not limited to a particular scan type or patient case. The observations and feedback are then used to complete the Global Assessment of Professional Attributes (GAPA) form provided.

There are three main sections to the GAPA form:

  • Section 1: initiative and communication
  • Section 2: responsibility and demeanour
  • Section 3: overall technical knowledge and skill

In each section there are multiple observable behaviours that you are required to demonstrate throughout your placement. Your assessor will score your performance based on how frequently and to what extent you demonstrate each of the listed behaviours.Your assessor is also encouraged to provide comments to expand on the scoring feedback.
This assessment occurs twice during the placement. The first occurs at the mid-placement point, at the end of Week 9. The mid-placement GAPA assessment is formative, meaning its function is to provide you and your unit coordinator with formal documented feedback on your performance, but there are no minimum required scores related to your final grade. You are expected to use that feedback to reflect on your performance, develop an action plan to address any areas of performance that are not yet at the target level for this placement, and use the remaining weeks to achieve those targets. For any behaviour that you score well on at the mid-placement assessment, it is expected that you will continue to meet that level of performance or surpass it for the rest of the placement.

The second GAPA assessment occurs toward the end of Week 19, the final week of the placement. The end-of-placement GAPA assessment is summative, in that its primary use is to evaluate and document your performance relative to the stated performance targets. The minimum required scores are listed in the Assessment Criteria section below. Your final overall grade in this assessment depends on where you stand relative to those performance targets. As this placement is the third of four in the course, you should use this end-of-placement assessment as formative as well, to inform your plans for improvement in your final placement.

Click this link to access the Global Assessment of Professional Attributes form and marking criteria. This form is also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site but it is advisable to provide a printed copy to your clinical supervisor at the commencement of your placement. Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your professional behaviour will be evaluated.

Your clinical supervisor (or designated assessor) will meet with you after completing each assessment to discuss it with you. This is your opportunity to get clarification on any score or comment on the assessment. Once you have had that discussion, you both need to sign and date the assessment. You should complete a brief summary of the discussion. You need to ensure that each completed assessment form has all required documentation, including the name, dated signature and registration number of your assessor as well as your dated signature. Your supervisor will provide you with a copy of the completed assessment form. You will then scan it and upload the file into the unit Moodle site using the link provided.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you remind your clinical supervisor at least a week prior to the assessment that it needs to be done, and book a meeting with him/her toward the end of the week that the assessment is due.This gives your supervisor the opportunity to collect feedback and to designate an alternate assessor if he/she will not be available.

If there are extenuating circumstances at the clinical facility that prevent you from being assessed during the required weeks, you must contact the unit coordinator in a timely manner. This will require obtaining approval for an assessment extension. It is also your responsibility to ensure regular access to the technology needed to upload your assessment by the submission due dates. In the absence of an approved assessment extension, if you have not met all of the requirements listed in the Assessment Criteria section by the stated due dates, you will fail this assessment, and because this is a pass/fail course that means you will receive a Fail grade for the unit.

On occasion, clinical sites inform us of student behaviours which either:

  • Compromise the reputation of the clinical site and/or the University,
  • Compromise patient / staff safety and/or well-being.

In these instances students are notified that they must cease attendance at the clinical site and discuss their position with the unit coordinator and discipline lead. This may result in student behavioural misconduct procedures in line with the CQUniversity Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedure.


Assessment Due Date The mid-placement assessment must be completed and uploaded by Monday 19th March by 16:00 AEST. The end-of-placement assessment must be completed and uploaded by Monday (19-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.
Return Date to Students Performance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator. Feedback regarding the global assessment of professional attributes (GAPA) will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If assessment conditions are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The criteria for assessment are detailed on the GAPA form in the form of required behaviours and attributes. The assessor will use the stated 1 - 6 scale to indicate the frequency and extent to which you demonstrate each of those.The required behaviours and attributes are grouped into 3 sections, each with its own minimum required scores.

For Section 1: Initiative and Communication, which has nine required behaviours, the minimum required set of scores are:

  • no more than 1 score of 'No or insufficient opportunity to assess' (NA),
  • no scores of 1 or 2,
  • no more than 1 score of 3, and
  • the remainder of behaviours scored at 4 or higher.


For Section 2: Responsibility and Demeanour, which has ten required behaviours, the minimum required scores are:

  • no more than 1 score of NA,
  • no scores of 1, 2 or 3,
  • no more than 4 scores of 4, and
  • the remainder of behaviours scored at 5 or higher.

For Section 3: Overall Technical Knowledge and Skill, which has three required behaviours, the minimum required scores are:

  • no scores of NA and
  • all behaviours scored at 4 or higher

In order to achieve an overall grade of 'Pass' in this assessment task, you must:

  • undergo both the mid-placement and end-of-placement assessments by the due dates listed,
  • on the end-of-placement assessment, meet the minimum required scores in all three sections,
  • ensure the documentation of each assessment is complete, and
  • upload each completed assessment form into the unit Moodle site by the due date.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This is a pass / fail assessment piece. PASS must be achieved.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission of the completed forms via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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4. Critically reflect upon your professionalism, teamwork, communication skills and safe clinical practice.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Knowledge

2. Communication

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



5 Portfolio

Assessment Title Clinical Logbook
Task Description

The clinical logbook serves as a record of your depth and breadth of experience attained during the placement. It will be invaluable when applying for employment in the future. It demonstrates the degree of progression of your skill development within and across examination type. You should analyse this record at regular intervals to assist in the formulation of learning goals that will support your achievement of the course outcomes.
Each case will be categorised into one of the following areas:

  • Abdomen (including renal),
  • Superficial Structures (thyroid, testes or other),
  • Breast (male and female),
  • Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics (first, second or third trimester),
  • Vascular (carotid, DVT or other)
  • Musculoskeletal.

Each week of the logbook must be signed by your clinical site supervisor or a sonographer delegated by the clinical supervisor. Click on this link to view and download the clinical case logbook for completion and for further information on how to complete the logbook and minimum examination numbers required. These forms are also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. Copies have been emailed to your clinical site.
Please print these forms/information sheets and read them carefully so you understand the criteria against which your logbook will be evaluated.

Optional

You can submit 'outside clinical placement' log books if you undertake employment in an ultrasound department between the end of your year 3 placement and the commencement of the year 4 placement.Click on this link for the outside clinical placement logbook. This form is also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. Please note:

  • The logbook must be verified (signed) by an ASAR accredited sonographer.
  • Details of your employment must be entered onto the outside clinical placement logbook for insurance purposes.
Assessment Due Date Due on Monday 19th June 2017 at 16:00 AEST. The completed log book must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.
Return Date to Students Log book numbers will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor following completion of the assessment. If assessment conditions are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This assessment task measures your overall ability to complete an ultrasound examination in three of the six general sonographer domains of practice. The required minimum numbers in your logbook by the conclusion of this clinical placement are completion of three of the categories listed below:

Complete three (3) of the six (6) requirements below. The remaining three must be completed in Clinical Unit 4.

  • vascular (carotid) -10 studies,
  • superficial structure (thyroid or testes) -10 studies,
  • breast (female) -10 studies,
  • musculoskeletal (shoulder) -10 studies,
  • abdomen- 10 studies,
  • obstetric (18-22 week) morphology- 10 studies.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This is a pass/fail assessment item. You must achieve the minimum log book numbers required to pass this assessment.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission of the completed form via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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1. Apply the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to perform vascular, musculoskeletal and obstetric sonographic examinations under supervision.

2. Perform diagnostic scans in specified areas to meet the ASA Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer.

Graduate Attributes
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2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management



6 Off-campus Activity

Assessment Title Clinical Attendance
Task Description

This unit is part of a professionally accredited course within which students are expected to complete 50 weeks of clinical experience. For this unit you must attend 19 weeks of full-time clinical placement. Your rostering, daily start and end times, are determined by the clinical supervisor of the allocated placement site. The roster depends on the scheduling of ultrasound procedures that are relevant to your educational requirements and the smooth operation of the clinical practice. You shoud not expect the roster to be modified to suit your personal life. There are no allocated personal leave days during this placement.

You are required to achieve 100% attendance to achieve the minimum 760 hours (19 X 40 hours) of clinical attendance. This is defined as attending all hours relative to the quantity of time that you have been rostered by your clinical supervisor to achieve 19 weeks of full-time placement, minus any absence that is approved by both your clinical supervisor and course coordinator. You are not required to attend on any national or relevant state public holidays that fall within your rostered weeks, nor are you required to make up those days. You can log 8 hours worked for each public holiday. Any time you are away from your clinical institution, you MUST supply a verifiable supporting document indicating why you have not attended. If you need to be absent for a part or full day of placement, both your clinical supervisor and the unit coordinator MUST be informed of any absences, preferably in advance of the missed time.

All absences must be made up. Any time to be made up is to be scheduled at the convenience of the clinical site. This may result in extension of the work day or work week. Note that not all facilities have extended hours of operation, so opportunities to make up time are site-dependent. If you attend outside of your normally rostered hours (e.g. late day, evening or weekend), you must still be under direct supervision and working within your scope of practice.

All hours worked must be entered into the clinical attendance form. The record must be accurate and complete. You must include any episodes of absence, lateness or early departure. This form must be signed by your clinical supervisor, or a sonographer delegated this task by your clinical supervisor. Click on this link to view and download the clinical attendance form. This form is also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. A copy has been emailed to your clinical site.
Please print this form and read it carefully so you understand the criteria against which your clinical attendance will be evaluated.

Optional

You can submit 'outside clinical placement' attendance hours if you undertake employment in an ultrasound department between your clinical placements.
Click on this link for the outside clinical placement attendance form. This form is also available in the assessment block in the unit Moodle site. Please note:

  • The hours must be verified (signed) by an ASAR accredited sonographer.
  • Details of your employment, must be entered onto the outside clinical placement attendance form for insurance purposes.
Assessment Due Date Due on Monday 19th June 2017 at 16:00 AEST. The completed clinical attendance form must be uploaded by online submission through the unit Moodle site. It is recommended that you submit as soon as you have completed your placement. Any students whose clinical placement dates have been negotiated to extend beyond these due dates will be eligible to apply for an extension to the unit coordinator.
Return Date to Students Attendance assessments will be collated by the unit coordinator following completion of the assessment. Feedback will be provided to you by your clinical supervisor. If the attendance requirements are not met the unit coordinator will follow up.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

To pass this assessment you must achieve a minimum of 760 hours (19 X 40 hours) of clinical attendance. Any days away from your clinical site must be documented.

To attain a Pass grade in this Placement Attendance task, you must:

  • complete 100% attendance as defined above,
  • have documented all attendance accurately and completely in your clinical attendance form, and
  • have submitted the completed clinical attendance form by the stated due date.


At the end of the scheduled 19 weeks of placement, if you have not met the 100% attendance requirement AND you have documented justifiable grounds for your absenteeism, you will be provided additional scheduled time to make up the the time you have missed. (This scheduled make-up time may not be immediately following the scheduled 19 week placement, and/or may not be at the same placement site, depending on clinical availability.)
At the end of the scheduled 19 weeks of placement, if you have not met the 100% attendance requirement AND you do not have documented justifiable grounds for the absence, you will score 'Fail' for this assessment item.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - This is a pass/fail assessment item. You must achieve a minimum of 760 hours of clinical placement to pass this assessment.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission of the completed form via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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4. Critically reflect upon your professionalism, teamwork, communication skills and safe clinical practice.

Graduate Attributes
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2. Communication

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



Engagement

On clinical placement students will engage with patients, peers, medical imaging professionals, other health professionals and administrative staff and will work as members of a clinical diagnostic team. This will enable students to apply their knowledge, skills and professional behaviour in a clinical setting.

Graduate Attributes

Students will apply and increase their knowledge, skills and professional behaviour to their chosen profession in a clinical setting. They will communicate with patients, peers, medical imaging professionals, other health professionals and administrative staff in a culturally diverse setting as members of a clinical diagnostic team. They will behave ethically to demonstrate leadership through professional responsibility.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

On clinical placement students may engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including patients, community and health professionals and will provide culturally competent care and communication

Internationalisation of Curriculum

On clinical placement students may engage with patients and health professionals from various cultures and will provide culturally competent care and communication.

Work Related Learning

This is a clinical placement unit where students undertake 760 hours of work related learning.


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