Congenital,Obsetric& Medical Conditions

Subject MEDI90047 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Hawthorn - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

This subject will be taught off-campus (online)

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

The course is 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time via distance education. A semester duration is 12 weeks. For students completing full-time there will be four subjects per semester, and for part-time, two subjects per semester. Subjects must be taken in sequence.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: An estimated 30 hours of contact time for online study is required
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2


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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Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Ultrasound Education Group

Department of Surgery

Level 6

Centre for Medical Research

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Parkville, VIC 3050


T: +61 3 8344 5673

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Subject Overview:

This subject will provide advanced knowledge for echocardiography interpretation in patients with adult congenital, obstetric, and unusual medical conditions.

Topics include:

  1. Transthoracic echocardiography in children
  2. Atrial defects
  3. Ventricular defects
  4. Valvular defects
  5. Defects of the great vessels
  6. Congenital defects that present in adults
  7. Assessment of congenital defects after surgery
  8. Case reports - 25 cases
Learning Outcomes:

The completion of the subject, students should:

  1. Learn about adult congenital heart disease and echocardiography evaluation
  2. Understand the management of adult congenital heart disease
  3. Understand the effect of pregnancy on the cardiovascular system
  4. Learn how pregnancy affect cardiac disease
  5. Learn echocardiography features of severe pre-eclampsia
  6. Understand the approach of incorporating ultrasound into the assessment of post-delivery cardiovascular emergencies
  7. Learn the pathology and echocardiography features of cardiomyopathy
  8. Learned the power quality and echocardiography features of cardiac tumours
  9. Understand how to differentiate pericardial disease states
  10. Learn the cardiac pathology and echocardiography interpretation associated with systemic disease states
  11. Interpret 25 case studies.

1. 50% of assessment: one open-book multiple-choice examination of 50 questions which takes 100 minutes, during exam week

2. 20% of assessment: completion of multiple choice questions following each tutorial (10 MCQ takes 20 minutes for each of 10 tutorials (200 minutes total)

3. 30% Case studies. Interpretation of 25 case studies, during semester, assessed by structured questions pertaining to each case (5 MCQ per case). Total time is 250 minutes.

Prescribed Texts:

All course materials will be provided during the course

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Improve critical evaluation skills
  • Evaluate the safety and practice of ultrasound in clinical practice
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Improve understanding of diagnostic algorithms
  • Enhance information literacy
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

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