SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MHB123718
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

Cardiology 1, 2 and 3

Summary of Content

Paediatric cardiology High-resolution electrocardiography Interventional cardiology Echocardiography and Doppler studies Electrophysiology Intra-aortic balloon pumping Radio-isotope imaging Cardiac surgery


Paediatric cardiology; embryological development of the heart; foetal circulation; ECG in neonates and children; common congenital heart lesions; normal ECG and changes associated with congenital heart disease; High-resolution electrocardiography; the physiological basis of after potentials; equipment specification and use; myocardial pathologies and arrythmias; interpretation of results; Interventional cardiology; valvuloplasty; coronary angioplasty and stenting; paediatric interventions/ occlusions; applications and indications of echocardiography; echocardiography views and planes; normal m-mode and 2-dimensional images; measurements from the echo and Doppler images; identification of valvular disease, cardiomyopathy and pericardial effusion; normal Doppler images; application of continuous and pulsed wave Doppler; Doppler findings in valvular stenosis and regurgitation; application of colour flow mapping to Doppler study; the role of electrophysiology in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrythmias; indications and requirements of safe electrophysiological studies; electrode characteristics; measurements from the intracardiac electrogram; ablation techniques and implantable cardiac defibrillators; intra-aortic balloon pumping; applications and indications of radio-isotope imaging in the assessment of cardiovascular disease; myocardial perfusion scanning; equilibrium blood pool scintigraphy (MUGA); principles, applications and techniques for cardiac surgery; role of circulatory support during surgery; role of valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting and correction of congenital lesions; blood pressure measurement during surgery; ITU management following surgery. For special topics, students can choose to study 2 from the following list (not previously selected in year 3): Unit 1: Psychopharmacology Unit 2: Neuropathophysiology and therapeutics Unit 3: System Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 - Cardiovascular system Unit 4: System Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 - Respiratory and GI systems Unit 5: System Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 - Pulmonary system

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Apply advanced physiological knowledge to the function of their own body and into their own professional area.2. Integrate theory with practical evidence.3. Gain experience in recording advanced physiological measurements in practical sessions.4.Analyse and interpret data.5. Manipulate and present data recorded in practical sessions in an appropriate fashion.6. Apply pharmacological knowledge to pathophysiological processes.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The specialist 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 practical sessions. Tutorials will also allow practical applications of individual topics to the students' own work experience to be examined and discussed. Special topics will be delivered by research active GCU staff

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
Lectures (FT) 80.00
Tutorials (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 155.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 1.50 30.00 35% Unseen, to assess special topics content
Exam (Dept) 01 3.00 70.00 35% Unseen, to assess discipline specific material