ECHO11002 - Cardiac Structure and Function
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

Accurate assessment and performance of echocardiograms requires you to assemble a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, embryology, physiology, and echocardiographic appearance of the heart and surrounding structures. In this unit you will develop an understanding of cardiac structure and function which is essential for the performance of high quality examinations and is requisite to quality patient care. This knowledge will be applied to normal echocardiographic images, Electrocardiogram (ECG) and other cardiac assessment data. This unit requires attendance at a residential school both for practical work and an in-class test.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite
Students must be enrolled in either:

CV69 Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology)/Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography

or

CV68 Bachelor of Cardiac Physiology

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
  • Mixed Mode
  • 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. Practical 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
Highly interactive residential school covered all learning outcomes - extend hands on component Post Residential school survey Residential school will run 2 full days with the ALS course to be completed after
Replace some web resources with textbook chapters or text book moodle will assign online textbook used in Anatomy and Physiology units
Weeknight 1hr tutorials on zoom extended learning to practical level moodle retain weekly zoom tutorials
Guest lecturers lacked consistency in format moodle more consistent lectures by course coordinator
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including their relationship to neighbouring structures
  2. Explain the embryological development of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
  3. Contrast cardiac and coronary blood flow
  4. Identify basic principle features of an Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  5. Perform an Electrocardiogram (ECG) and 24 hour Holter tests

Linked to National and International Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Cardiac Sonography - critical practice Unit 8 - Cardiac
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 5
1 - Practical 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 Assessment  
2 - Examination            

Prescribed Textbooks

12-Lead ECG: The Art Of Interpretation (Garcia, Introduction to 12-Lead ECG) 2nd Edition
Author/s: T Garcia Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
City: LLC State: LLC
Country: USA
Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterisation: The Essential Guide
Author/s: John Boland, David Muller Year: 2001
Edition: 1st Publisher: Taylor and Francis
City: London State: London
Country: UK
ECG: Essentials of Electrocardiography
Author/s: Cathy Soto Year: 2016
Edition: 2016 Publisher: Cengage Learning US
City: US State: US
Country: US
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • St Jude / Abbott ECG learning centre online
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

Cardiac Anatomy - Part 1

Revision and introduction of cardiac and respiratory anatomy with reference to ECG, the cath lab and echocardiography.

ECHO - basic scanning windows, revision of Echo terminology

CRO

Draw it to know it

Week 2 17-07-2017

Cardiac Anatomy part 2

ECG - introduction

24 hrs Holter monitor - introduction

Garcia Chapters 1 - 3

Self Directed learning textbook please have all chapters completed by end of the unit.

CRO

Online quiz 1

Compulsory tutorial

Week 3 24-07-2017

Embryology development part 1

ECG - tools

Garcia Chapters 4 -5

Online quiz 2

Compulsory tutorial

Week 4 31-07-2017

Embryology development part 2

ECG - the beat

Garcia Chapters 6 - 7

CRO

Compulsory tutorial

Week 5 07-08-2017

Embryology development part 3

Echo - Basic scanning windows part 1

Using echo images to assess anatomy and function of the chambers

Garcia Chapters 8

Online quiz 3

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Vacation week

12-Lead ECG: The Art Of Interpretation (Garcia, Introduction to 12-Lead ECG) 2nd Edition

Week 6 21-08-2017

Physiology of the heart part 1

ECG - p wave

CRO

Garcia Chapters 9

Compulsory tutorial

Week 7 28-08-2017

Physiology of the heart part 2

ECG - QRS

CRO

Garcia Chapters 10

Online quiz 4

Compulsory tutorial

Week 8 04-09-2017

Cardiac, coronary and fetal blood flow

online resources

CRO

Week 9 11-09-2017

Embryology development

ECG - practical testing

Holter - practical set up

ECHO - practical scanning

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

Practical Assessment - ECG Due Friday (15 Sep 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

Cardiac, coronary and fetal blood flow part 2 - haemodynamics

CRO

Week 11 25-09-2017

CCL - introduction to the cardiac catheter laboratory (CCL)

Assessment of cardiac coronary anatomy and function using CCL imaging

CRO

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

In addition to the prescribed texts, you are required to obtain and work individually through the 12 Lead ECG workbook.

12-Lead ECG: The Art Of Interpretation (Garcia, Introduction to 12-Lead ECG) 2nd Edition

The text Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterisation: The Essential Guide - is currently being updated to an e-book. For this term the author John Boland will provide the pages needed for this unit.

To give yourself the best chance of success with this unit, ensure you attempt the prescribed activities each week and make use of study groups to generate discussion around your answers. Access to the Internet is required as updates throughout the unit will be provided on the unit Moodle site, discussion boards, via email, and collaborate.

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment - ECG
Task Description

This assessment challenges students' ability to perform the basic routine cardiac assessment - ECG - including basic interpretation

The ECG test will be an introduction to the use of the Assessment of Readiness for Clinical tool (ARC Tool).

Aspects of an ECG test such as communication (verbal, non-verbal and written), professional behaviour, ergonomics, infection control and patient care skills will be included in the assessment marking criteria. In summary this is an assessment of the pre-test, the test, and post-test skills which will be discussed and emphasised in the unit, lectures and tutorials.

To achieve a pass, each part of assessment must be successfully completed.

Professional (pre/post test):

  • Apply patient care and communication techniques to obtain a relevant patient history, informed consent and patient cooperation.
  • Maintain patient modesty and comfort.
  • Professionally care for equipment, including leads, and its' application.

Practical skills test requirements:

1. Students are required to perform a routine 12 lead ECG to beginner level competency in a specified time frame (15 minutes), including use of optimisation techniques and lead placement to achieve an interpretive trace.

Interpretive skills:

1. Basic ECG interpretation (normal variants included), interpretation of selected congenital variants and interpretation of one ECG using the standard approach and once completed students will be randomly selected to interpret one ECG along with 3 randomly selected congenital variants. once completed students will be randomly selected to interpret one ECG, The ECG must be interpreted via the standard approach.

2. Quiz on embryology of the cardiovascular and respiratory system. This will include identifying congenital variants as associated with particular developmental stage(s).

The components are graded separately so that if one is passed and the other is not, only the failed component must be repeated.

Review the assessment information and ARC Tool posted on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 9 Day 2 of Residential school. Re-sits will be scheduled to occur on the same day.
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

As per Assessment of Coursework Procedures (Section 3 Assessment Extensions), item 3.2.5, 'these practical 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 tutor will observe the student's performance of the full 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, optimisation, demonstration of interpretation of indirect anatomy on trace and adherence to protocol.

The non-scanning component will assess communication, professional behaviour, patient care and infection control, patient modesty, and ergonomics.

MCQ will test knowledge and understanding of embryology of the cardiovascular and respiratory system.

Be aware that ALL practical skills tests will be moderated.

The minimum pass rate on the skills test is 65%

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

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

2. Explain the embryological development of the cardiovascular and respiratory system

4. Identify basic principle features of an Electrocardiogram (ECG)

5. Perform an Electrocardiogram (ECG) and 24 hour Holter tests

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - You must obtain 50% of the maximun marks available to achieve a passing grade.
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including their relationship to neighbouring structures

3. Contrast cardiac and coronary blood flow

4. Identify basic principle features of an Electrocardiogram (ECG)

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

Engagement

Cardiac structure and function ECHO110002 unit teach cognitive, technical and creative skills that will ensure you can engage with the workplace and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate attributes developed in this unit include knowledge, communication skills, cognitive, technical and creative skills, research skills, the ability to self-manage, ethical and professional responsibility. 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

Unit readings include relevant international information which is appropriately referenced. Students are encouraged to search for information internationally and think about their studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Consideration is given to unit lectures, seminal papers and teachings that do not have negative consequences for future generations. This unit will ensure advancements in health, echocardiography and medical science are by sustainable ethical research around the topic of echocardiography.

Work Related Learning

This unit will form a strong foundation knowledge of the cardiovascular system, that will be used throughout your working life improving patient related care. Students also gain practical skills to start performing the basic level tasks of cardiac physiology.


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