ECHO12002 - Adult Echocardiography 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Accurate analysis and assessment of right and left ventricular function and associated pathological processes is a core part of examinations in echocardiography and cardiac physiology. In this unit you will learn to operate the tools needed to analyse ventricular pathology and consider the two dimensional echocardiographic examination. You will study the process and complications involved in acute myocardial infarction, which is a core component of cardiology, analyse basic ECGs, view software and undertake offline analysis. You will apply your knowledge to conduct practical echocardiographic tasks in the laboratory setting, and utilise simulated clinical scenarios and case studies to critically reflect on problems involving cardiac physiology and echocardiography. Development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform practical cardiac assessment tasks will be assessed within a simulated environment.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisitie:
ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function
AND
MEDS11001 Fundamentals of Sonographic Practice
AND
Co-requisite
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound
AND
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management

Residential Schools

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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
  • 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 and Written 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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply practical skills and critical thinking to cardiac assessment including echocardiography.
  2. Differentiate the aetiology and related cardiac assessment data of ventricular pathologies.
  3. Correlate ventricular wall segments to coronary artery distribution and electrocardiogram (ECG) changes.
  4. Apply formulas associated with assessment of ventricular function

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination            

Corrections

Date Updated Information
05-Mar-2017 20:06

The below needs to be changed:

I have put it up on Moodle to explain the change

In Assessments

Week 9 should be in week 11 to match physics timetable lab has moved

In Schedule

Week 6 should be

Internal Echo lab

Week 9

This should say ventricular pathologies, not Internal Echo lab

Ventricular Pathologies
Week 9 08-05-2017 Internal Echo lab week Thursday of this week is the Ultrasound of Physics tutorial 2 Practical and Written Assessment - Ventricles and scanning technique Due AEST
Assessment Due Date Practical skills assessed in week 9 lab blocks
Return Date to Students Students will be given a pass/fail result within 7 working days. Individual marks will NOT be released to students.
Weighting Pass/Fail

Prescribed Textbooks

ASE's comprehensive echocardiography
Author/s: Roberto M Lang; Itzhak Kronzon; Steven A Goldstein, (nauki medyczne); Bijoy K Khandheria; Victor Mor-Avi;
Edition: Publisher: Elsevier
City: Amsterdam
Country: Denmark
Echocardiography: The Normal Examination and Echocardiographic Measurements
Author/s: Anderson, B Year: 2017
Edition: 3rd edn Publisher: Echotext
City: Wynnum State: Qld
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
The EAE Textbook of Echocardiography
Author/s: Galiuto, L, Badano, L, Fox, K, Sicari, R & Zamorano, JL Year: 2011
Edition: Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: South Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • QSTATION - sydney campus
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 06-03-2017

The Two dimensional examination : Orientation

Acoustic windows and imaging planes

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Week 2 13-03-2017

The Two dimensional examination : The parasternal position

The Two dimensional examination : The apical position

The Two dimensional examination : The subcostal and suprasternal position

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Week 3 20-03-2017

Internal Echo Lab week

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Thursday of this week is the Ultrasound of Physics tutorial 1

Week 4 27-03-2017

The Two dimensional examination : revising the views and introduction to image sets and protocol

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Week 5 03-04-2017

The Two dimensional examination :

image sets - continued

Imaging the Left Ventricle

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

The Two dimensional examination :

image sets - continued

Imaging the Left Ventricle - Common pathologies

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Week 7 24-04-2017

The Two dimensional examination :

image sets - continued

Imaging the Left Ventricle - Common pathologies

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Week 8 01-05-2017

The Two dimensional examination :

image sets - continued

Imaging the Right Ventricle

Introduction to imaging Valves in 2D

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Written Assessment - The Echo protocol - ventricles Due Monday (01 May 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Internal Echo lab week

Thursday of this week is the Ultrasound of Physics tutorial 2

Practical and Written Assessment - Ventricles and scanning technique Due AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Ventricular Pathologies continued

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Week 11 22-05-2017

Internal Echo lab week

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Thursday of this week is the Ultrasound of Physics tutorial 3

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review of "the echo protocol"

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Review week

Details are on the unit Moodle site

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Unit co-ordinator for 2017 is Sharon Kay Shani can be reached at s.kay@cqu.edu.au or by phone on 02 9324 5051 I am available Monday to Friday It is best to email me for a faster response.

Skills labs/blocks for this unit are mandatory. Labs missed for a valid reason require supporting documentation and students are advised to make up for the missed scanning time when the lab is available for practise sessions. Any lab missed without valid reason or supporting documentation is deemed professional misconduct and as such, may result in a failing grade for Assessment 5 ‘On-Campus Activity’. Students are required to adhere to the Course Dress Code when using the ultrasound simulation labs and a zero-tolerance policy will be followed.

Important: Week 9 practical assessments will be conducted within the lab blocks outlined in Moodle. You MUST be available all of week 12 for re-sits, or to be a patient for the practical re-sits. Re-examinations for all practical assessments will be taking place across week 12.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - The Echo protocol - ventricles
Task Description

Students will submit a written outline of the Echocardiographic exam standard protocol. This will include techniques used to achieve the images in each scan loop for the 2D parts of the protocol.

One Ventricular pathology will be selected from:

Acute myocardial infarction

Cardiomyopathy

Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

In the above Echocardiographic standard protocol please add in images and explanation of what would be seen in the your chosen pathology. A description of the corresponding ECG for this ventricular pathology MUST be used.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be divided up into scanning windows and then loops.

Each loop description for 2D will be accompanied by an image the student has performed or accessed.

All images must be DE-identified.

Maximum 2 loops per page

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

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

2. Differentiate the aetiology and related cardiac assessment data of ventricular pathologies.

3. Correlate ventricular wall segments to coronary artery distribution and electrocardiogram (ECG) changes.

4. Apply formulas associated with assessment of ventricular function

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment - Ventricles and scanning technique
Task Description

This is a PASS/FAIL assessment. The assessment challenges students' ability to perform 2D part of the echocardiogram with scanning techniques and image optimisation & acquisition, in a reasonable time period to "advance beginner" level. This includes a worksheet and written assessment of the scanning techniques used.

In summary this is an assessment of the pre-scan, scanning and post-scan skills that are further discussed and emphasized in the unit lab manual, instructed labs, lectures and tutorials. Students will be assessed using the ‘assessment of readiness for clinical’ (ARC tool).

To achieve a pass, each assessment must be passed individually as these indicate the required standard to progress to the first clinical placement. The following lists the sub-assessment items:

Professional (pre-scan and post-scan) requirements:

  • Apply patient care techniques and effective communication to obtain relevant patient history, informed consent, and to direct 'patients' accordingly.
  • Apply professionalism in dealing with equipment and the scanning setting.

Scanning Requirements:

  • Students are required to perform 2D sonographic techniques and image optimisation in a reasonable time period, to advanced beginner level of the heart.
  • 2D echocardiogram and measurements of the ventricles – scanning time limit is 45 minutes.

The professional and scanning components must each be graded as a 'pass' in order to pass the assessment. The components are graded separately so that if one is passed and the other is not, only the failed component must be repeated.

There is only ONE (1) opportunity to re-sit either component of the assessment item in Week 12.

Please carefully review the assessment information and ARC Tool posted on Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Practical skills assessed in week 9 lab blocks
Return Date to Students Students will be given a pass/fail result within 7 working days. Individual marks will NOT be released to students.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

A pass rate of 65% of available marks in EACH component of the practical, written and professional behaviour must be achieved to pass the assessment.

  • As per Assessment of Coursework Procedures (Section 3 Assessment Extensions), item 3.2.5, 'these scanning 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 echocardiography tutor will observe the student's performance of the full scanning 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 scanning technique, image optimisation, demonstration of required anatomy on images obtained, and adherence to scan protocols. The non-scanning component will assess communication, professional behaviour, patient care and infection control, ergonomics.
  • Please be aware that ALL practical skills tests will be video recorded for moderation purposes and not for students to view.

    Re-evaluations:

    • The minimum pass rate on the skills test is 65%. If the student achieves 60-64.5% their images will be cross-marked by a second assessor.
    • In the event that a student does not achieve a minimum of 65% or higher during the week 9 skills test, they will be given ONE opportunity to re-sit the practical test in week 12. This practical test will be conducted by a different assessor to that of the first test. Please be aware that all re-sits will be video recorded for moderation purposes.

    "Students who fail a pass/fail component of a graded unit , will be deemed to have failed that unit". Therefore EACH of the two (2) components must be passed individually to pass the unit.

    Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
    Submission Hard copy

    Hard copy

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

    1. Apply practical skills and critical thinking to cardiac assessment including echocardiography.

    3. Correlate ventricular wall segments to coronary artery distribution and electrocardiogram (ECG) changes.

    4. Apply formulas associated with assessment of ventricular function

    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

    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 achive a passing grade.
    Length 180 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

    2. Differentiate the aetiology and related cardiac assessment data of ventricular pathologies.

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

    1. Communication

    2. Problem Solving

    Engagement

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

    Graduate Attributes

    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 unit with an emphasis on current technological advancements in teaching, learning and the clinical environment.

    Indigenisation of Curriculum

    The teaching and learning practices acknowledge and integrate indigenous knowledge, perspectives and practices. This is achieved by the use of experts, use of videos and stories to teach. Additionally, making the curriculum relevant for real life by fostering connections with existing knowledge. 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

    Ensure advancements in health and Allied Health - Echocardiography are by sustainable ethical research

    Work Related Learning

    Echocardiography and research skills are learnt to improve patient related care.


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