Course Title: Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Heather Clarke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7218

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

RADI 1078

You will need to be engaged in ultrasound examinations for a minimum of 3 days per week each semester.


Course Description

The course covers the ultrasound techniques in regard to gynaecology, including normal and pathological conditions of the uterus, ovaries and adnexa, and the ultrasound techniques currently applied to obstetrics throughout the three trimesters, including normal appearances, fetal abnormalities and complications of pregnancy.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the anatomy, congenital variations, embryology, physiology and sonographic appearances of the normal female pelvis, including the post-menopausal pelvis, and the anatomy seen in all trimesters of pregnancy.

• Describe and competently perform 18-20 week obstetric and pelvic ultrasound examinations. 

• Identify and describe sonographic appearances of complications, anomalies and diseases that may affect the female pelvis, fetus and other products of conception.

• Explain the application of Doppler ultrasound throughout pregnancy and in gynaecological ultrasound.

• Explain the significance of the nuchal translucency scan, the techniques that are utilised and the normal sonographic appearances at this stage. You should be able to discuss how the results / counselling should be conveyed to the patient.

• Demonstrate an understanding of different cultural perspectives in sonography, for example, cultural issues involving transvaginal scanning.

• Demonstrate knowledge of safe scanning practice including infection control protocols in accordance with ASUM and equipment manufacturer guidelines.

• Explain the techniques, risks and appropriateness of the interventional procedures of CVS and amniocentesis.

• Explain the role of ultrasound in infertility. 


Overview of Learning Activities

An online study guide will direct your learning in this course together with supervised clinical practice experience in the workplace. You will be encouraged to explore reference material independently and to read widely in the area.

You will learn in this course by following instructions given in the Course Documents and Assignment section of the course found in myRMIT and specifically by:

• Completing Assignments as set out in the Assignment area of myRMIT.

• Exploring reference material according to exercises set out in the Course Documents and Assignment area of the course in myRMIT.

• Completing Online Test Questions.

• Maintaining a Reflective Learning Journal and submitting this and Clinical Skills Assessment Reports on due dates throughout the semester.

• Maintaining a Clinical Log Book (Clinical Log of Cases) and a Clinical Record Summary while enrolled in the program and submitting these as a bound copy at the completion of the Program.

Throughout the semester you will receive feedback on your learning in various forms from the course tutor. The aim is to provide helpful feedback. You are encouraged to ask questions of your course tutors on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand.


Overview of Learning Resources

To access course materials you will require a personal computer with Windows XP, MS Office and Netscape Web browser, or its equivalent. You will also require internet access via an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Overview of Assessment

The assessment comprises of Assignments, a Reflective Learning Journal and an OnlineTest that provide formative assessment and feedback to you as well as a written Examination at the end of the semester. A practical scanning assessment of a 18-20 week Obstetric examination and a Pelvic examination is conducted by your clinical supervisor in the workplace at mid and end of semester.