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HLTH6184 Cardiac Rhythm Management 1

Module Overview

This is a specialist cardiac physiology module. It will enable you to progress your cardiac knowledge from practitioner to an advanced practitioner level developing knowledge in history taking, physical examination through to selecting appropriate cardiac investigations, analysing clinical findings and diagnostic decision making in cardiac rhythm management.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and electrophysiology of the heart & its conduction system
  • Critically understand the electrophysiology & haemodynamics of cardiac function
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the pathological conditions which require rhythm management
  • Critically evaluate the pharmacological aspects of cardiac pacing
  • Debate the significance of implant device technology & design
  • Critically understand the clinical concepts of device implantation, & complications
  • Provide a clinical rationale for pacing implant indications (including single, dual and CRT-P)
  • Discuss the procedures, relevance & importance of follow up to optimise implanted devices
  • Critically understand the regulations surrounding driving, clinical trials and the ethical aspects of device implantation


This module will focus more specifically on variants from the normal (the pathophysiological) and explore concepts of referral, diagnosis and prognosis. Through a variety of learning methods it will bring students into contact with active clinicians and with researchers who are engaged in evaluating diagnostic tools and responsible for providing diagnostic services. The module is based on the hypothesis that both a quantitative and a qualitative understanding of clinical reasoning, improves clinical decision and makes for a better diagnostician within cardiac rhythm management.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

- On line materials for physiological science preparation - Lectures on key themes - Study groups - Blackboard and other on-line materials - Case based clinical scenarios using laboratory results - Clinical mentors in students’ work base - Problem solving workshops designing clinical tools - Facilitated discussion online/Professional conversations delivered in the classroom - Locating and using web based resources - Networking with other students via e-mail/discussion board - Work based activities - Literature retrieval and analysis - Guided reading

Independent Study200
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Katz, D. (2001). Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine. Fundamental principles of clinical reasoning and research. 

Llewelyn, H., Ang,H., Lewis,K. and Al-Abdullah,A. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis. 

Brown, Hilary, Publisher (1997). Physiology and Pharmacology of the Heart. 

Ellenbogen, KA et al (2008). Cardiac Pacing and ICDs. 

Brauwald, E. (2014). A Textbook of Heart Disease. 

Kumar,P. and Clark,M. (2012). Clinical Medicine. 

Barold, S et al (2010). Cardiac Pacemakers and Resynchronisation. 

Connelly, D et al (2006). Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and Defibrillators: all you wanted to know. 

Bickley, L. (2012). Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 

Hayes, D et al (2013). Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation and Resynchronisation. 

Dains,J., Ciofu L , Scheibel,P. (2011). Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care. 



Case study


MethodPercentage contribution
Written essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Students have access to the library but may wish to purchase their own texts. There will be additional costs for printing journal articles should the student require a printed version.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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