SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B123719
Module Leader Elaine Gribben
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Cardiology 1

Summary of Content

Cardiac pathophysiology Advanced ECG interpretation Ambulatory ECG and blood pressure monitoring


Circulatory regulation; atherosclerosis; ischaemic heart disease; cardiac failure; pre-excitation syndromes; ECG in a single chamber pacemaker; cardiac enlargement and hypertrophy; bundle branch block, hemiblock, bifascicular and trifascicular block; myocardial ischaemia and infarction; effects of electrolyte imbalance and endocrine abnormalities on ECG; ECGs in hypothermia; effects of drugs on ECG; pericarditis and myocarditis; pulmonary disease including acute pulmonary embolus; blood pressure measurement and interpretation; principles and methods of ambulatory ECG; principles and methods of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Apply physiological knowledge to the function of their own body and into their own professional area.2. Integrate theory with practical evidence.3. Analyse and interpret data.4. Demonstrate skills in recording physiological measurements in practical sessions.5. Manipulate and present data recorded in practical sessions in an appropriate fashion.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module material will be delivered mainly by senior NHS Practitioners, clinicians and consultants via a combination of lectures and tutorials together with 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. Tutorials will also allow practical applications of individual topics to the students' own work experience to be examined and discussed.

Indicative Reading

Suggested Reading: Baker, T. et al. (2008), Practical Cardiology, 2 nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone Martini, F.H. et al . (2014) Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology . 10 th Edition, Pearson. Naish, J. et al . (2011) Medical Sciences . Saunders. Noble, A. et al. (2010), The Cardiovascular System , 2 nd ed., Churchill Livingstone Pappano, A., Gil Wier, W. (2013), Cardiovascular Physiology , 10 th Ed., Mosby Porth, C. M. 9th Edition (2013) Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins Rang, H.P. et al . (2015) Rang & Dale's Pharmacology . 8 th Edition. Churchill Livingstone. Ryding, A. (2013), Essential Echocardiography, 2 nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone Tortora, G.J., Derrickson, B.H. (2014), Principles of Anatomy & Physiology. 14th Edition. John Wiley and Sons. Wellens, H., Conover, M. (2006), The ECG in Emergency Decision Making, 2 nd Edition, Saunders

Transferrable Skills

Data analysis and interpretation Problem solving Practical skills Application of theory to practice Time management Team-working during group sessions Communication skills Critical analysis Self-directed study

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 115.00
Lectures (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

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