SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MHB123733
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

Summary of Content

Exercise stress testing head-up tilt testing invasive pressure measurement pacing haemodynamic measurement Options from list of special topics


Principles of exercise stress testing; effects of exercise on heart rate and blood pressure; indications, contra-indications and end-points; safety issues; international, national and local guidelines for exercise testing; preparation of patients; methods of exercising; maximal and submaximal testing; electrode positioning; computerised systems; standard procedures, policies and protocols; artefacts in exercise testing; interpretation of results; complications; principles, indications and contra-indications of head-up tilt testing; protocols, equipment and safety needs; patient preparation; interpretation of results; invasive pressure measurement; catheter design and use; recording systems; identification and measurement of intracardiac pressures; normal and abnormal intracardiac pressures; pacing; indications, contra-indications, modes and codes; design and construction of pacemakers and leads; electrode and battery technology; implant techniques; follow-up procedures; programmable features of pacemakers; haemodynamic measurement; Fick principle and cardiac output; systemic and pulmonary flow and indices; systemic and pulmonary vascular resistances; estimation of oxygen content; calculation and quantification of shunts and blood flow; thermodilution method and cardiac output. For special topics, students can choose to study 2 from the following list: 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. Demonstrate skills 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

Although delivered in year 3 this module is set and assessed at level 4 as the syllabus is continuous with Cardiology 4 with special topics; students are working towards final qualification as a Clinical Physiology Practitioners 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
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 155.00

Assessment Methods

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