MEDS13001 - Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit advances your study of obstetric ultrasound. You will explore the sonographic assessment of normal and pathological obstetric and gynaecological cases. 'Hands-on' scanning sessions facilitate the identification of normal sonographic appearance. Clinical scenarios are used to engage you in the sonographic decision-making process which culminates in the creation of a sonographers' interpretive report.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

MEDS12006 Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

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

Website

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

Recommended Student Time Commitment

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

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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

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

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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

Feedback Source Recommendation
Use of play-dough models to assist with teaching of embryological development was well received. Student emails and course evaluation. Continue (and perhaps expand on) use of these models.
Some students found the explanation of the Practical & Written Assessment item difficult to follow. Course evaluation. A video and extensive information were provided in the Course Profile prior to the start of term. Revise the information in the Course Profile, specifically for Part A of the assessment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the clinical presentation, sonographic appearance and aetiology of pathological processes of the gravid uterus and fetal development.
  2. Analyse normal and abnormal fetal development with reference to embryological development and laboratory findings.
  3. Analyse clinical scenarios to provide a differential diagnosis and produce a sonographic report.
  4. Formulate strategies for the provision of safe and ethical patient care.
  5. Apply sonographic techniques appropriate to obstetric ultrasound to produce a limited morphology study in a simulated environment.

The learning outcomes for this unit relate to the requirements of the Australian Sonographers Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer as listed here.

Unit 1 -3, 10.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

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

Prescribed Textbooks

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Author/s: Susan Raatz Stephenson Year: 2012
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
Workbook for Diagnostic Medical Sonography: A Guide to Clinical Practice Obstetrics and Gynecology
Author/s: Hall-Terracciano Barbara & Susan Raatz Stephenson Year: 2012
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Students who have completed MEDS12006 (a prerequisite to this course) will already have purchased this text and workbook in their second year.

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 CoordinatorDeanne Chester (d.chester@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Week 1: The Fetal Environment

Chapter 17 p 393-422

Lab Safety Induction

06 March 2017

COMPULSORY

Week 2 13-03-2017

Week 2: Abnormalities of the Placenta and Umbilical Cord

Chapter 18 p 423-460

Week 3 20-03-2017

Week 3: Fetal Age and Size in the Second and Third Trimester

Chapter 16 p 367-392

Practice Moodle Quiz

Week 4 27-03-2017

Week 4: Fetal Neural Tube Structures

Chapter 19 p 461-502

Practice Sonographer Worksheet

Week 5 03-04-2017

Week 5: Fetal Neural Tube Structure...continued

Chapter 19 p 461-502

Mock Exam

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No content

Week 6 17-04-2017

Week 6: Fetal Heart

Chapter 22 p 577-608

Practice Moodle Quiz

Week 7 24-04-2017

Week 7: Fetal Heart...continued

Chapter 22 p 577-608

Practice Sonographer Worksheet

Week 8 01-05-2017

Week 8: Normal Fetal Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis

Chapter 20 p 503-538


Week 9 08-05-2017

Week 9: Abnormal Fetal Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis

Chapter 21 p 539-576

Practice Moodle Quiz

Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (08 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Week 10: Normal and Abnormal Fetal Limbs

Chapter 23 p 609-628

Week 11 22-05-2017

Week 11: Multiple Gestations

Chapter 26 p 661-682

Mock Exam

Week 12 29-05-2017

Week 12: Patterns of Fetal Anomalies:

Chapter 28 p 713-744

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Final examination

Date to be advised

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Unit coordinator details:
The unit coordinator for MEDS13001 is Deanne Chester. The best way to contact Deanne is via email at d.chester@cqu.edu.au. Deanne's office number is 07 3295 1175 although she has sonography lab commitments and is often away from her desk. It is often best to email and request a scheduled meeting (over the phone or in person) if necessary.


Additional unit information:

This unit includes three practical sonography lab sessions. During these sessions you will be simulating a limited 2nd trimester morphology ultrasound examination.These sessions will also enable you to produce the images required for the Practical & Written Assessment item due in week 9 (Monday 08 May 2017)

Please note you MUST attend the Lab Safety Induction in week 1 (Monday 06 March 2017) to be permitted access to the labs during the term. If the induction has not been completed you will be excluded from the lab sessions.

Access to the internet is required to undertake this unit, as unit materials, tutorials and updates will be provided via Moodle, email and Zoom.

Weekly resources will include access to relevant websites, activities and readings, however you will need to acquire the prescribed text and workbook to successfully complete this unit. To give yourself the best chance of success please ensure that you undertake all the additional readings and activities that are provided to you. There will be several opportunities for formative assessment and feedback during the term.

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment item is designed to allow you to solve clinical problems in a sonographic context and critically evaluate the process and product.

This will be based around the following components:

Practical component

Using the 2nd trimester obstetric phantoms in the CQU sonography lab, you will personally acquire the following relevant and appropriately optimised images:
  1. Placental location
  2. Placental cord insertion
  3. Fetal lie (split screen)
  4. Bi-parietal diameter (BPD) / head circumference (HC)
  5. Abdominal circumference (AC)
  6. Femoral length (FL)
  7. Humeral length (HL)
  8. 4 Chamber Heart (4CH)
  9. Aortic root / left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT)
  10. Pulmonary artery root / right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT)

ONE image only from each of 1 - 10 above are submitted.

Multiple measurements (at least two (2)) of each fetal parameter should be performed and this will be evident in the report page data.

Report pages and graphs relevant to the above are to be included in the submission.

Written component

You will provide a reflective discussion on your imaging series (1500 words total).

For each image submitted:

  • critique the image quality
  • discuss the clinical purpose or importance of each image and/or measurement. Include citations/referencing for this section as required.
  • summarise any difficulties encountered (If it was challenging, why? Do you think it would be different on a patient compared to the phantom?).
  • provide suggestions for future improvement (be specific and reflective in your thoughts).

Note for similar images such as placental location and placental cord insertion, or femoral and humeral length, you may choose to discuss these together rather than repeating yourself and save on word count. This is entirely up to you.

APA (numbered) referencing to be used. See Moodle site for more details.

For detailed marking criteria please see the marking rubric HERE

Please also watch the Assessment Video HERE

Please see exemplars of previous similar submissions provided on Moodle page


Referencing


Referencing is an extremely vital component of any academic work and plagiarism is taken seriously by the university. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Procedure available on the IMPortal available HERE.

In the medical field (in which sonography is included), journals use a numbered style of referencing for citing references. This can be Vancouver style, AMA, or other combinations. This often depends on the publication.

Hence for this unit the bibliographic style you are to use is APA referencing style (that means, you use APA style to show the author/publication details in your reference list) and IN ADDITION you are required to use a reference number for your in-text citations.

See further referencing information and examples on Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Practical component - Acquisition of images

Your images will be assessed for:

  • scan plane
  • optimisation
  • accurate measurement/s
  • annotation
  • use of ultrasound machine

Written component - Discussion of image series

Your discussion will be assessed on:

  • quality of critique on image quality
  • reflection of difficulties encountered in the acquisition process
  • suggestions for improvement
  • explanation of clinical relevance of images
  • spelling, grammar, academic writing
  • referencing
  • adherence to word count

For more detailed marking criteria please see the marking rubric HERE


Referencing

APA (numbered) referencing is to be used.


See support on APA referencing HERE or for a guide on numbered referencing HERE

If you wish to use EndNote (referencing software) you may do so but you will need to modify the EndNote template click HERE

See Moodle site for more details and examples.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit via Moodle

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

1. Discuss the clinical presentation, sonographic appearance and aetiology of pathological processes of the gravid uterus and fetal development.

2. Analyse normal and abnormal fetal development with reference to embryological development and laboratory findings.

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

5. Apply sonographic techniques appropriate to obstetric ultrasound to produce a limited morphology study 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

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



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 180 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 clinical presentation, sonographic appearance and aetiology of pathological processes of the gravid uterus and fetal development.

2. Analyse normal and abnormal fetal development with reference to embryological development and laboratory findings.

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

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

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice

Engagement

The Medical Sonography course teaches cognitive, technical and creative skills that will ensure you can engage with the workplace and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

The following graduate attributes are enriched during this unit: communication, problem solving, critical thinking, information literacy, information technology competence, cross cultural competence, ethical practice.

These are developed by participating in simulation sessions in the sonography laboratory (communication, problem solving), completing sonographer worksheets/reports (critical thinking, communication), producing practical and written assessment items (information literacy, information technology competence, communication) and studying provided academic content (communication, problem solving, cross cultural competence, ethical practice).

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Achieved by the use of videos and stories to teach, making the curriculum relevant for real life. Unit 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

Students will reflect on current practices in relation to any negative consequences for future generations. Ensure advancements in health and Medical Sonography are by sustainable, ethical research.

Work Related Learning

Sonography and research skills are taught to improve patient related care.


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