Advanced Valve and Aortic Pathology

Subject MEDI90057 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

This subject will be taught off-campus (online)

Course materials will be distributed via mail to students. Administration is via e-mail.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Off Campus, Online
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Postal Address:
Cardiovascular Therapeutics Unit
Department of Pharmacology
University of Melbourne
Parkville VICTORIA 3010
Telephone: +61 3 8344 5673
Fax: +61 3 8344 5193
Email Address:
Subject Overview:

This subject will provide advanced knowledge called valvular and aortic pathology and echocardiography assessment

Topics include:

  1. Mitral Regurgitation
  2. Perioperative Assessment of Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  3. Mitral stenosis
  4. Aortic Stenosis
  5. Aortic Regurgitation
  6. The Tricuspid Valve
  7. Aortic Disease
  8. Prosthetic Valve Assessment
  9. The Pulmonary Valve and Miscellaneous Conditions
  10. Miscellaneous Congenital Cardiac Disorders

The completion of the subject, students should:

  1. Assess mitral regurgitation and stenosis
  2. Assess aortic regurgitation and stenosis
  3. Assess tricuspid and pulmonary valve pathology
  4. Understand aortic disease
  5. Understand prosthetic valve assessment
  6. Understand basic congenital cardiac disorders
  7. Complete 20 case reviews

1. 80% of assessment: one open- book multiple-choice examination consisting of 50 questions which are likely to include case study diagnoses and image interpretation and measurement. Students will have 1 week to complete the examination during the assessment period at the end of each semester.

2. 20% of assessment: completion of self assessment modules at the end of each tutorial, progressively through the semester. These are completed in the workbooks issued to students and it is a requirement that these workbooks are signed and returned for assessment.

Prescribed Texts: Royse C, Donnan G, Royse A. Pocket Guide to Perioperative and Critical Care Echocardiography. 2006; McGraw-Hills
Recommended Texts:

Other materials will be provided as a package of readings, PowerPoint presentations and case studies.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Enhance time utilisation
  • Improve written skills and problem solving skill

All students are expected to have access to a computer that can operate a Windows platform or simulation.

Links to further information:

This subject is available to part-time and full-time students

This subject is not available to Commonwealth Supported students.

This subject is not available as breadth.

Administration is via e-mail.

Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Ultrasound
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound

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