MEDS20008 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Upper Body
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit advances your clinical practice in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound of the upper body. You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of sonographic anatomy, pathophysiology and dynamic function of the musculoskeletal systems in the upper body. You will appreciate the role of ultrasound in clinical assessment, and patient management, including interventional procedures. To successfully complete this unit you will need access to musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations in the clinical context. This unit includes an optional residential school comprising practical training in advanced upper body musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Details

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

Residential Schools

This unit has a Optional 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
  • Distance

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 Postgraduate 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 50%
2. Online Test 50%

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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse sonographic anatomy and appearances of normal and pathological musculoskeletal structures of the upper body
  2. Research the role of ultrasound in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

The Masters course does not lead to entry into the sonography profession but is rather provided to qualified practitioners to allow advanced practice. Therefore it does not require external accreditation. The Master of Medical Ultrasound qualifies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity (activity code 10B - Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR)).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Online Test  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
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 - Written Assessment  
2 - Online Test        

Prescribed Textbooks

Ultrasound of the Musculoskeletal System
Author/s: Stefano Bianchi and Carlo Martinoli Year: 2007
Edition: 1 Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

There is a hardcover copy and an eBook available for this text.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichelle Fenech (m.fenech@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

Introduction and Assessment task overview

Chapters 1-5

As this unit is advanced MSK Ultrasound, some general knowledge of the basics of MSK ultrasound is assumed. These chapters are available to read to refresh your understanding of the basics.

Lectures are available.

Tutorial - Monday night 6th March, 7pm (AEST).

Week 2 13-03-2017

Brachial plexus and muscles that stabilise the shoulder

Chapter 6

Lectures are available.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Shoulder and axilla

Chapter 6

Lectures are available.

Tutorial - Monday night, 20th March, 7 pm (AEST).

Week 4 27-03-2017

Upper arm

Chapter 7

Lectures are available.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Elbow

Chapter 8

Lectures are available.

Tutorial - Monday night, 3rd April, 7 pm (AEST).

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Happy Easter!

Easter Holidays at end of week.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Forearm

Chapter 9

Lectures are available.

Easter Monday at start of week

Week 7 24-04-2017

Wrist

Chapter 10

Lectures are available.

Anzac Day on Tuesday of this week.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Hand

Chapter 11

Lectures are available.

Tutorial - Tuesday night, 2nd May, 7 pm (AEST). (Public holiday in Qld on Monday this week).

Week 9 08-05-2017

Fingers and thumb

Chapter 11

Lectures are available.

Written Assessment Due Friday (12 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Muscles of the neck

Lectures to supplement this week.

Tutorial - Monday night, 15th May, 7 pm (AEST).

Week 11 22-05-2017

Interventional ultrasound and revision

Lectures to supplement this week.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Online test is open this week to complete.

Online Test Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The unit coordinator for MEDS20008 is Michelle Fenech who is based on the Brisbane campus. The best way to contact Michelle is via email: m.fenech@cqu.edu.au. You may also phone: 07 3295 1180, however some days she is in ultrasound labs on the Brisbane campus. If not available, please leave a message or email for her to return your call.

Access to the internet is required to undertake this unit, as unit materials, tutorials and updates will be provided via Moodle, email and zoom. It is important to check your student cqu emails regularly as emails will be sent each week to keep you on track, and if supplementary material is required, this can be updated on Moodle and emails will be sent to you to let you know if any changes have been made. We are using the prescribed text to supplement each weeks materials. There is an e-book copy of this text if you wish to acquire that.

Tutorials are scheduled throughout the term. These will be undertaken via zoom. Please note these are scheduled for QLD times. If there is something you would like discussed at the tutorials, please email in advance so we can allow time for your topic to be discussed.

You need to ensure that you are available at some stage to undertake the online test in week 12 (test will be open from the Friday of the end of week 11 to the Friday of the end of week 12). You will require internet access to undertake this test.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Develop an educational e-poster that clearly discusses the sonographic examination of a specific upper body musculoskeletal region to be presented to fellow professionals.

The presentation is to be limited to eight (8) slides with the title and reference slides being in addition to this.

An abstract is required to accompany the e-poster.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Submitted through the assessment tab on Moodle.
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Returned via Moodle.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The e-poster should be written at a level suitable for presentation at a conference. You must state which conference you would intend it to be presented to (nominate your intended audience). The first slide should be the title slide. This should contain the title of the presentation, your name and qualifications. The content slides should have clear headings.

The area outlined in the poster should be clinically relevant. The anatomy, sonographic appearance of normal structures, discussion of why the examination may be undertaken and pathology that may be encountered in the region should be discussed. You are required to have researched, analyzed, critically reflected on and synthesized current medical literature. A high level of communication skills needs to be utilized to convey a clear message. All anatomical drawings should be original. All slides are to be in 'landscape' format.

Your e-poster will be assessed on:

Academic writing - it should contain organized, logical and coherent content with a clear and concise message at an appropriate length. It should be proof read and edited with accurate spelling and grammar and appropriate vocabulary for the target audience.

Content of e-poster - The purpose of the paper should be clear and relevant with the anatomy, sonographic appearance and pathophysiology discussed with diagrams and images used to support the discussion. Evidence based content must be used. All ultrasound images must be original and de-identified.

Suitability for presentation - the e-poster should be suitable for presentation at the chosen conference and the subject matter relevant to the selected audience.

Referencing - In-text references and the reference list must be all accurate and complete and utilized correctly in the correct style (APA) with quality and appropriate sources utilized.

The Marking rubric to be used is available on Moodle.

Students need to obtain a minimum of 50% in the e-poster to allow them to pass the unit.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit via Moodle under the assessment tab - submit via Assessment 1 - written assessment

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

2. Research the role of ultrasound in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Online Test

Assessment Title Online Test
Task Description

An online test will be conducted to assess your understanding of the content in this unit and its application. The test will be accessed through the assessment tab on Moodle and you will require internet access to complete this test. It will comprise of 10 questions which will require you to provide typed written answers. Each question will be worth 10 marks. The test will be open for 1.5 hours which will allow nine (9) minutes per question and only one attempt is allowed. Once the test is commenced, it cannot be paused, stopped or re-started and once you have completed the test, it cannot be re-taken.

The test will be open from Friday 26th May, 4 pm to Friday 2nd June, 4pm. So it will be open from the end of week 11 to the end of week 12.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
This exam is open for a whole week. It will be open from Friday 26th May at 4pm and close on Friday 2nd June at 4 pm.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Results will be posted on Moodle.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The questions for this online test will be drawn from a pool of questions to allow tests to be different for each student. Image viewing tests may be included and you are required to be familiar with normal and pathological sonographic imaging and the associated anatomy demonstrated which have been discussed in this unit.

You will need to allocate a 90 minute period throughout the week that the test is open where you have good internet connection to allow the test to be completed. Your answers need to be detailed enough to allow you to gain 10 marks for each answer you provide.

Please note: You must commence the test before Friday 2nd June 2.30 pm as the test will automatically close at 4 pm on Friday 2nd June. If you have not completed the test by this time, your test may be submitted with no answers. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the test well and truly completed before 4 pm on Friday 2nd June.

This test is to be completed online and it is an open book exam, however, do not think you will have time to look up answers. The test is time limited with only 9 minutes allowed for you to type your answer in for each question. You will find it useful to produce your own notes from the lectures as there is no time in the test to search for answers in texts or online.

Students need to obtain a minimum score of 50% in the online test to allow them to pass the unit.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

You need to access the test through the assessment tab on Moodle and will need to maintain internet access for 90 minutes to complete the test.

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

1. Analyse sonographic anatomy and appearances of normal and pathological musculoskeletal structures of the upper body

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills



Engagement

This unit provides you with knowledge that is transferable into your clinical practice, but also cognitive, technical and creative skills that allow you to engage with your workplace, industry and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

The following graduate attributes are enriched during this unit: knowledge, cognitive, technical and creative skills, communication, leadership, self-management, research and ethical and professional responsibility.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Videos and stories, including discussions of real cases are used to teach allowing the curriculum to be 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 and research papers internationally and think about their studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Advancements in health and technology that affect the discipline of medical sonography, patients, and the community are considered and researched to ensure that there will be no negative consequences for future generations. Ethical research and professional responsibility are discussed and integrated into clinical practice.

Work Related Learning

Research skills will allow improvement ultimately in patient care and improved patient outcomes.


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