MEDS11001 - Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides an insight into Medical Ultrasound by exploring the role and global scope of practice of the medical sonographer and echocardiographer, the use of ultrasound in medical imaging, the types of examinations available and the provision of safe patient care as an allied health professional. The aim of this unit is to provide introductory knowledge and skills that will support your learning throughout the Medical Sonography or Echocardiography course. Simulation exercises will enable you to apply theory to practice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Mixed Mode
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney

Website

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

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Residential School was a friendly gathering of students who enjoyed meeting each other and learning together face to face. Students generally enjoyed the format, however would have liked more opportunities to scan each other/phantoms. Course evaluation responses Continue to fine-tune and bed-down the Residential School activities. Incorporate more scanning activities when and where possible (given the large student numbers).
Suggestion to improve visibility of weekly learning outcomes, and provide tutorial questions to gauge understanding of the content. Course evaluation responses Ensure weekly learning outcomes are clear and visible at the commencement of each lecture. Tutorial questions to be provided, and tailored to the weekly content.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the Australian Health Care System and how it relates to the provision of diagnostic imaging services.
  2. Discuss the role and scope of practice of the medical sonographer and echocardiographer, including professional and legal frameworks.
  3. Apply knowledge of ultrasound equipment, transducer / patient positioning and sonographic image appearance using appropriate medical and sonographic terminology.
  4. Discuss the role of diagnostic medical ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic imaging modalities and picture archiving communication systems.
  5. Demonstrate sonographic manual skill development in a simulated environment.

This unit will be one of the core units in the Medical Sonography Courses which is externally accredited by the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry, an external professional regulatory body. This unit introduces students to the foundational knowledge and skills of Medical Sonography and enables an appreciation of the use of ultrasound in a national and international context and in the context of the other diagnostic imaging technologies available. The professional body entry level competencies of the accredited sonographer include consideration of safe practice and professional behavior.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

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

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Essentials of Sonography and Patient Care
Author/s: Craig,M. Year: 2013
Edition: 3rd edn Publisher: Elsevier Saunders
City: St. Louis State: MO
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

Suggested supplementary textbook:

Ramlaul, A., & Vosper, M (Eds) (2013) Patient Centred Care in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy. Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
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 CoordinatorChristopher Jansen - jansenjc (c.jansen@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

Unit Introduction

Introduction to Referencing

Introduction to the Medical Imaging Department / Cardiac Catheter Laboratory

Week 2 13-03-2017

The History of Ultrasound

The Australian Health Care System

Sonography / Echocardiography Education



Week 3 20-03-2017

Sonographic / Echocardiographic & Medical Terminology

Patient Positioning in Sonography / Echocardiography

Scan Planes in Sonography / Echocardiography

Week 4 27-03-2017

Communication

Patient Care

Infection Control

Week 5 03-04-2017

Manual Handling

Ergonomics

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No lectures or tutorials

Week 6 17-04-2017

Ultrasound Physics

Image Generation

Written Assessment Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

The Ultrasound Machine

Cardiac Catheter Laboratory Equipment - for echocardiography stream students only

The Ultrasound / Echocardiographic Examination

Week 8 01-05-2017

Diagnostic Examinations in Sonography / Echocardiography

Week 9 08-05-2017

Residential School (compulsory)

2 day on-campus Residential School

Week 10 15-05-2017

Diagnostic Examinations in Sonography / Echocardiography (continued)

Week 11 22-05-2017

Medico-Legal Issues in Health Care

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision

Exam Preparation

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Written Exam - this week or next (refer to examination timetable - when released). The examination will contain some questions labelled as specific to either Sonography or Echocardiography (answer the questions appropriate to your stream where a choice exists)

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Written Exam - last week or this week (refer to examination timetable - when released). The examination will contain some questions labelled as specific to either Sonography or Echocardiography (answer the questions appropriate to your stream where a choice exists).

This unit has a mandatory on-campus residential school in Week 9 for 2 full days.

For sonography stream students you must attend the residential school at your enrolled campus only.

Echocardiography stream students from Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania must attend the residential school at the Sydney campus only.

Echocardiography stream students from Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory must attend the residential school at the Perth campus only.

Students must adhere to a specific dress code while attending residential school. Detailed information regarding the dress code will be made available on the unit Moodle site.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

You are required to complete a written assessment based on lecture material, tutorials and relevant material provided on the unit Moodle site. In addition to the unit materials provided, it is expected that you will research current literature in order to discuss and respond to each question/topic.

Question 1:

What is plagiarism?

Include in your response: a) a list, and description, of the 4 different types of plagiarism as mentioned in the referencing lecture; and b) a brief discussion on various ways to avoid being accused of plagiarism.

Question 2:

Sonography Stream Students: Why is it safe to stand beside a patient undergoing a medical ultrasound examination, but unsafe to stand beside a patient undergoing a medical CT examination?

Explain your answer, referring to the physics involved in acquiring images for each modality, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) Stream Students: Why is it safe to stand beside a patient undergoing an echocardiography ultrasound examination, but unsafe to stand beside a patient undergoing a cardiac cath lab angiogram examination?

Explain your answer, referring to the physics involved in acquiring images for each modality, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Question 3:

Sonography Stream Students: Research and compare the differences between the sonography organisations, which use the acronyms, ASA and ASAR. Include a brief discussion on sonographer registration in your response.

Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) Stream Students: Compare and contrast the difference between a major hospital cardiac unit, and a small suburban cardiology clinic.

Question 4:

Medicare is the Federal Government health insurance system managed by the Department of Human Services. Explain Medicare using the following headings:

1. Medicare Levy

2. Medicare Benefits Schedule; and the

3. Medicare Safety Net

Length: 2,000 words (+/- 10%) Any words over the word count will not be marked. Reference list and figure captions are excluded.

Presentation: Pass/Fail inherent requirement is that it is written in good English, and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Your assessment should be submitted as a Word document with 1.5 line spacing in 12 point Arial font. Referenced figures are encouraged.

Referencing: Your answers to each question must be supported by references. You are expected to research each question and to use references that have, and have not, been provided to you. You should use a minimum of 3 references per question. A reference list must be provided and the CQU Sonography hybrid numbered APA referencing style must be used throughout your assessment. Ensure that your assessment is accurately referenced. References should clearly show where your information was obtained. Refer to the unit Moodle page and the CQU general website for further information. A minimum of 6 contemporary journal articles (less than 10 years old) must be used as references (additional to those provided on the the unit Moodle page) for this assessment. Only 1 numbered reference list in CQU Sonography hybrid numbered APA format should be provided for the whole assessment. Do not include separate reference lists for each question.

**Further detailed assessment guidelines and marking criteria will be made available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Overall presentation of assignment including structure of assignment; accuracy of spelling and grammar; correct use of medical and sonographic terminology; appropriateness of literature reviewed; correct and accurate referencing; academic writing and expression.
  • Clear and concise responses to each specific question/topic, including relevant and appropriate discussion and analysis of each topic with reference to current literature.

A detailed marking rubric/criteria will be made available on the unit Moodle site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online submission via unit Moodle site

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

1. Discuss the Australian Health Care System and how it relates to the provision of diagnostic imaging services.

2. Discuss the role and scope of practice of the medical sonographer and echocardiographer, including professional and legal frameworks.

4. Discuss the role of diagnostic medical ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic imaging modalities and picture archiving communication systems.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

During your attendance at the 2 day compulsory residential school you will participate in practical activities, where you will observe, learn and practice techniques and skills relating to the sonography or echocardiography (cardiac physiology) profession.

Following participation in these activities, you will be assessed on your ability to perform practical sonographic or echocardiographic (cardiac physiology) tasks relating to:

1) Patient care and communication; and

2) Body planes, ultrasound scanning planes and associated image recognition.

100% attendance for the 2 full days of the residential school is mandatory.

For sonography stream students you must attend the residential school at your enrolled campus only.

Echocardiography stream students from Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania must attend the residential school at the Sydney campus only.

Echocardiography stream students from Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory must attend the residential school at the Perth campus only.

You will be automatically allocated to this campus, and appropriate staffing/resource arrangements will be made at that location.

You must pass the practical assessment in order to pass the unit.

Failure to attend the full 2 day residential school will mean that you will not pass this unit.

One re-sit of the practical assessment will be permitted.

Detailed information and a marking criteria will be made available on the unit Moodle site.

As per the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework), Section 4: Assessment Procedure: Item 4.59, this assessment is considered a professional assessment task and has an absolute submission date. This assessment must be completed on the final day of the residential school.

Assessment Due Date The practical assessment will take place on the final day of the 2 day residential school. Any re-sits will also be conducted on the final day of the residential school.
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Your practical assessment result will be posted in your Gradebook on the unit Moodle site.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The practical assessment will be conducted by a sonography or echocardiography lecturer or tutor (appropriate to your stream of enrolment), who will observe and assess your ability to carry out practical skills relating to:

1) Patient care and communication; and

2) Body planes, ultrasound scanning planes and associated image recognition.

Assessment of each task will be relative to the practical assessment marking criteria, which will be made available on the unit Moodle site.

You must pass the practical skills test in order to pass the practical assessment.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 100% attendance for the full 2 day residential school is required, along with a pass grade in the practical assessment.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

3. Apply knowledge of ultrasound equipment, transducer / patient positioning and sonographic image appearance using appropriate medical and sonographic terminology.

5. Demonstrate sonographic manual skill development in a simulated environment.

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

8. Ethical practice



Examination

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

1. Discuss the Australian Health Care System and how it relates to the provision of diagnostic imaging services.

2. Discuss the role and scope of practice of the medical sonographer and echocardiographer, including professional and legal frameworks.

3. Apply knowledge of ultrasound equipment, transducer / patient positioning and sonographic image appearance using appropriate medical and sonographic terminology.

4. Discuss the role of diagnostic medical ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic imaging modalities and picture archiving communication systems.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

8. Ethical practice

Engagement

The "Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice" unit is a foundational unit in the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) courses that teaches cognitive, technical and creative skills that will ensure you can engage with the workplace and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

The graduate attributes for this unit include communication, problem solving and cross-cultural competence developed throughout the unit through lectures, tutorials and the residential school. Critical thinking, information literacy and information technology competence are further enhanced through completion of the written assessment, and the written examination. You are introduced to ethical practice throughout all aspects of the unit delivery.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Consideration is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspects of disease aetiology and culturally competent patient care. First Nations People pedagogies are incorporated in the use of lectures by experts in the field, industry relevant content and the use of videos and clinical scenarios to create a realistic clinical context. Unit and research material are reviewed for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural sensitivity.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

Unit readings include relevant international information including references. You are encouraged to search for information internationally, and to think about your studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Consideration is given to unit lectures, readings and teaching that do not have negative consequences for future generations. Ergonomics and health and safety considerations are taught with a focus on people-centred holistic care, and an awareness of the need for a long career in this profession. You are encouraged to ensure advancements in Health, Medical Sonography and Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) are by sustainable ethical research.

Work Related Learning

Unit knowledge, practical / research skills and professional behaviour are learnt, with the aim to improve patient-centred care. You are encouraged to think of yourselves as part of a cohesive team of health professionals. You are taught communication skills to enhance your ability to work as part of a team.


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