SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B120014
Module Leader Elaine Gribben
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

Anatomy of the heart Coronary circulation Cardiovascular disease Cardiovascular pathophysiology and electrocardiographic examinations ECG Instrumentation ECG recording techniques ECG interpretation


Surface anatomy of the heart; position and orientation of the heart; chest positions in electrocardiography; coronary circulation; innervations of the heart; baroreceptor reflexes; indications for electrocardiographic examinations; overview of acquired and congenital heart disease; electrocardiographic instrumentation; electrocardiographic subsystems; AHA and European electrocardiograph specifications and methods of testing these; care and maintenance of equipment; use and composition of electrodes and electrolytes; theory and clinical use of conventional lead systems; ECG recording techniques; choice of leads for patient category; preparation of equipment; settings for standard recording and potential alterations; patient preparation and electrode positioning; automatic and manual recording; recording in special circumstances (e.g. unconscious patients, communication difficulties); evaluating recordings; artefact recognition and reduction; labelling of recordings; ECG interpretation; relationship between ECG and electrical events of the cardiac cycle; wave form shapes, intervals and normal ranges; variations with age, activity, build, ethnic origin; measurement of heart rate and mean frontal plane QRS axis; sinus rhythms; atrial arrhythmias; atrio-ventricular block; functional rhythms; ventricular arrhythmias.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic principles concerning the areas of the syllabus described elsewhere in this descriptor which will underpin the professional aspects the Cardiology specialism of the Clinical Physiology programme.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module material will be delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes as well as directed learning exercises, practical problems and data interpretation. Lectures will provide the foundation material for the module which will be supplemented and enhanced by material presented in tutorials and laboratories. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake self-evaluation questions on a weekly basis. Tutorials will also allow practical applications of individual topics to the students' own work experience to be examined and discussed.

Indicative Reading

Introduction to 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation (2002) Tomas B. Garcia & Neil E Holtz An Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology (2003) J.R. Levick ECGs by Example (2005) Dean Jenkins and Stephen John Gerred An Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology (2003) Pathophysiology of Heart disease (1993) Ed L.S Lilly, L.S Lea and Febiger. Pathophysiology, Clinical Concepts of Disease Processes. Price S.A and Wilson L.M (5 th Ed 1997), Mosby. Practical Electrocardiography (2001). Galen S. Wagner; Henry J.L Marriott. Lipincott Williams and Wilkins. Cardiology (2004) Desmond G. Julian, J. Campbell-Cowan and James M. McLenachan. Cardiac Arrhythmias (4 th Ed 2001).Bennett DH. Elsevier Health Services ABC of resuscitation (4 th Ed 1999) T. Evasn et al. BMJ Publishing group.

Transferrable Skills

The student should be able to: Apply basic physiological knowledge to the function of their own body and into their own professional area; Integrate theory with practical evidence as obtained in laboratory classes; Gain experience in utilising basic physiological measurements in a laboratory setting; Manipulate and present data recorded in simple experiments in an appropriate fashion.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 100.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Seminars (PT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 48.00
Practicals (PT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 35% Short Answer Questions.
Exam (Dept) 02 1.00 50.00 35% Objective Questions.