MEDS20009 - Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the science and instrumentation of clinical ultrasound to enable you to produce optimum images. The unit emphasis will be on safety and quality assurance. You are required to attend ultrasound skills workshops to complete this unit. In the practical workshops you will apply your knowledge of scanning technique and image optimisation. This unit will form the foundation from which you will build image acquisition, recognition and assessment skills as part of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites

Enrollment in CH86 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound (Specialisation)

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

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. Online Test Pass/Fail
2. Practical and Written Assessment 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
No feedback at this stage Moodle None
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of ultrasound interaction with tissue and practical skills to acquire diagnostic ultrasound images
  2. Assess and solve problems with images in relation to artifacts and diagnostic usefulness
  3. Compare the different modes of ultrasound and their applications in medical ultrasound
  4. Identify and manage safety issues in medical ultrasound.

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Point of care curriculum guidelines

3.3 Demonstration of how to generate and optimise an image- 1, 3 and 5

3.4 Demonstration of good practice in point-of-care ultrasound- 1.2.3.5 and 6




Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Test  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment

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 - Online Test    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

No textbook is required for MEDS20009.

All readings are provided on the Moodle site for this unit.

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 CoordinatorGerrie Beirne (g.beirne@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

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

One hour Zoom tutorials will run on Wednesday from 11:00 AEST

Content: Introduction and unit outline

Week 2 17-07-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Week 3 24-07-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Week 4 31-07-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

One hour Zoom tutorials will run on Wednesday from 11:00 AEST

Content: Module 1 review

Week 5 07-08-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Week 7 28-08-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Week 8 04-09-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Residential practical labs Friday

Friday 8:30 - 16:00 AEST

Week 9 11-09-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

One hour Zoom tutorials will run on Wednesday from 11:00 AEST

Content: Module 2 review
Week 10 18-09-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Practical and Written Assessment Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

Week 12 02-10-2017

Work at own pace through Modules 1,2 and 3.

Online content via Moodle

One hour Zoom tutorials will run on Wednesday from 11:00 AEST

Content: Module 3 review. Free Q and A session.
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

The unit coordinator for MED20009 is Gerrie Beirne.

The best way to contact Gerrie is by email at g.beirne@cqu.edu.au.

Gerrie's CQU telephone number is 02 9324 5056.

Gerrie's office hours are Monday - Friday. Please use email whenever possible. Face-to-face meetings by prior arrangement are possible on Wednesdays.

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 provided. To give yourself the best chance of success with this course please ensure that you undertake all the readings and activities.

There will be Zoom tutorials on some Wednesdays from week 1. These will be recorded and available for review.

The residential physics labs are mandatory. Non-attendance must be documented with a Medical Certificate or equivalent.

1 Online Test

Assessment Title Online Test
Task Description

There are three (3) modules in this unit.

The modules are designed to address the following Intended Learning Outcomes:

2. Assess and solve problems with images in relation to artifacts and diagnostic usefulness
3. Compare the different modes of ultrasound and their applications in medical ultrasound
4. Identify and manage safety issues in medical ultrasound

Learners will work through the online modules in order and at their own pace with guidance from the unit coordinator.

There is an end-of-module online exam for each module.

The questions are a mixture of short answer, matching and true/false.

A 100% pass of the end-of-module quiz is required to access and proceed to the next module.

Assessment Due Date Learners will attempt each end-of module quiz after completion of the module content. Progression to the next module is dependent on 100% pass of previous end-of-module quiz
Return Date to Students Learners will receive immediate feedback of results via moodle
Weighting Pass/Fail
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 100
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Apply knowledge of ultrasound interaction with tissue and practical skills to acquire diagnostic ultrasound images

2. Assess and solve problems with images in relation to artifacts and diagnostic usefulness

4. Identify and manage safety issues in medical ultrasound.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

There is a 1-day mandatory residential for this unit.

Learners will be required to attend the campus of their enrollment to satisfy this assessment item.

The residential will be held in WEEK 8, Friday 8th September 2017.

The residential practical labs are designed to address the following Intended Learning Outcomes:

1. Apply knowledge of ultrasound interaction with tissue and practical skills to acquire diagnostic
ultrasound images

2. Assess and solve problems with images in relation to artifacts and diagnostic usefulness
3. Compare the different modes of ultrasound and their applications in medical ultrasound

These labs will provide an opportunity for you to explore the physical principles of ultrasound and develop your knowledge of machine instrumentation and knobology under the guidance of your tutor.

During the labs you will be required to take images, and observe the effect of changing machine parameters on the resultant image.

You will be required to complete questions in your lab book during the labs

The questions will be a mixture of closed procedure (fill in the gap) and very short answer. They are designed to help you understand the physical properties of ultrasound and how that knowledge is used to inform the practical production of diagnostic medical images.

Learners may work in teams to acquire images.

Image sharing within your lab group is permitted.

Please note the following excerpt from the University Assessment of Coursework Procedures:


'...students who fail a single assessment task in a pass-fail course, or who fail a pass-fail component of a graded course will be deemed to have failed that course'


Non- attendance will need to be supported by a Medical Certificate or equivalent

A Pass/ Fail grade will be given.

A Fail grade will result in a Fail grade for the course.


Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
The residential pratical lab manual will need to be completed and uploaded via Moodle
Return Date to Students General feedback will be given via Zoom tutorial
Weighting Pass/Fail
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Upload via Moodle link

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

1. Apply knowledge of ultrasound interaction with tissue and practical skills to acquire diagnostic ultrasound images

2. Assess and solve problems with images in relation to artifacts and diagnostic usefulness

3. Compare the different modes of ultrasound and their applications in medical ultrasound

4. Identify and manage safety issues in medical ultrasound.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



Engagement

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

Graduate Attributes

Communication- developing a culture of information sharing within your unit and dissemination throughout the wider medical community of ultrasound users.

Problem solving- addressing all questions posed by the lecturer during forums or Zoom sessions.

Information literacy- Obtaining and reviewing references from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Information technology competence- Accessing and navigating the Moodle site.

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

Students are encouraged to search databases for current international literature and think about their studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Make decisions about the course and teaching that do not have negative consequences for future generations. Ensure advancements in health and Medical Sonography are by sustainable ethical research

Work Related Learning

Sonography skills are learnt to improve patient related care


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