Gastrointestinal Tract Pancreas Adrenals

Subject VETS90043 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (12 x approx. 3 hours per week engaged in online tutorials, lectures and exercises)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound - Abdominal. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

This subject will focus on the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas and adrenal glands:

Each topic will be covered in separate tutorials. The tutorials will be of a didactic nature with multiple still and video images to complement the text. Students will be required to obtain images from their clinical cases and reflect on these cases and images as part of the subject

In this subject the anatomy and normal sonographic anatomy for each topic will be described and reviewed. For each topic this will be followed by the sonographic features of, the description and interpretation of diseases processes of the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. The adrenal glands: Ultrasound evaluation of the adrenal glands including gross and sonographic anatomy with a discussion of the significance of the abnormal findings will be covered in this subject.

Each tutorial will be supplemented by self-assessment multiple choice questions that students must work through to reinforce and reiterate the learning points.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the subject, students should be able to;

  • Describe the normal sonographic findings of the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas
  • Assess the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas for sonographic abnormalities
  • Interpret the sonographic findings of examination of the gastrointestinal or pancreas
  • Describe the normal sonographic findings of the adrenal glands
  • Assess the adrenal glands for sonographic abnormalities
  • Interpret the sonographic findings of examination of the adrenal glands, of the reproductive tract and lymphatic system
  • Discuss the significance of abnormal sonographic findings of the adrenal glands
  • Self-assessment by multiple choice questions following each tutorial (10 MCQ takes 20 minutes for each of 10 tutorials - 200 minutes total) and prior to subject completion - 20%
  • Open-book multiple-choice examination of 50 questions which takes 100 minutes during the exam week - 50%
  • Interpretation of 25 case studies assessed by structured questions pertaining to each case (5 MCQ per case) spread throughout the semester. Total time is 250 minutes - 30%
Prescribed Texts:

Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound 3rd Ed Nyland and Mattoon
Text and Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasonography 2nd Ed Penninck and D’Anjou

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Successful candidate will develop skills in problem solving, analysis and written and verbal communication.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound Abdominal

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