RDGY41080 Fetal Biometry, Liquor, Placenta

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module offers students the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the assessment of fetal biometry, amniotic fluid and placental assessment. It aims to equip students with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more a more detailed assessment. Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure the student is competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. This module is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

Students registered for this module are offered the opportunity to study the following: the fundamental principles of ultrasound examinations in the assessment of fetal size, growth, lie and presentation; ultrasound assessment of amniotic fluid volume; ultrasound assessment of the placenta.

In order to undertake this module participants must be actively scanning in an obstetric ultrasound department and have a named clinical trainer. Students must arrange a clinical placement and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 80 hours practicing clinical obstetric ultrasound while undertaking this module..

Attendance at the study day and engagement with all on-line lectures and other on-line material, eg on-line qiz/assessment, is compulsory

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module trainees should be able to:
demonstrate high level clinical skills in the performance of ultrasound assesment of fetal biometry, amniotic fluid volume and placental assessment;
apply current theories of ultrasound, basic sciences and communication to their clinical reasoning;
justify the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient;
self evaluate their performance in the clinical environment;
discuss the social and ethical implications of obstetric ultrasound;
communicate written information in an effective manner;
demonstrate good IT skills

Indicative Module Content:

The principal aim of this module is to offer participants the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the assessment of fetal biometry, amniotic fluid, placental and cervical assessment, principally in the following aspects:
• Ultrasound assessment of fetal size, growth, lie and presentation
• Ultrasound assessment of amniotic fluid volume
• Ultrasound assessment of the placenta and cervical length

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning;
reflective learning;
clinical practice 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Trainees must provide written evidence of an agreement with an obstetric ultrasound department to provide clinical ultrasound experience and supervision throughout this module. This agreement must be signed by the named clinical assessor.

Applicants should be obstetric and gynaecological trainees at Senior House Officer, Registrar or SPR level, consultants specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, with approval to practice in Ireland; midwives registered with the Nusring and Midwifery Board Ireland(NMBI) or the UKCC, who provide antenatal care; or Radiographers with the approval to practice Radiography in Ireland or Northern Ireland, who currently practice ultrasound.

Other professionals are considered on individual merit (eg general nurses or general practitioners), but must be actively scanning in order to undertake modules in the Graduate Certificate Programme.

Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that trainees spend as much time as possible performing clinical ultrasound examinations while undertaking ultrasound modules. Trainees will maximise their potential to develop high level clinical and academic skills in ultrasound by exceeding the minimum clinical hours stated for each module. Applicants should be computer literate and have continuous internet access for the duration of this programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Cased Based Discussions x 6 Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Portfolio: Record of Clinical Practice (record of all ultrasound cases observed, ultrasound clinical hours(minimum 80 hours) and cases performed (minimum 50 cases).
Module incomplete if this is not achieved.
Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Practical Examination: Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) x6 Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Direct Observational Skills 1-6 Written (and verbal ) on request Case Based discussions : Written (and verbal ) on request Record of clinical Practice : Written (and verbal) on request