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NQCG3126 Developments in Cardiology

Module Overview

Developments in international, national and local policies, government strategies and drivers and service provision are together making new demands on cardiac care delivery. Cardiology is a dynamic and rapidly changing specialty, which requires health care professionals (HCP) to be able to deliver high quality, evidence-based care to a range of service users, in a variety of clinical settings.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable health care professionals (HCP) to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for service users requiring a range of cardiac investigations and/or interventions. The students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their skills in relation to applied medical ethics and will work with students from other courses where there is commonality: shared core knowledge and skills.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically consider the effect of international, national and local policies on a range of cardiac conditions.
  • Critically appraise the care required by patients undergoing cardiac investigations or interventions.
  • Analyse the ethical issues which can arise in caring for cardiac patients and clients, including their family.
  • Extend and demonstrate the necessary skills and competence required to provide safe evidence based care, providing care for patients/clients undergoing investigation and treatment for: • Myocardial Infarction and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) • Angiography, Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and stent • Pacemaker and automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD) insertion • Cardiomyopathy/Genetic disease • Heart Failure • Medical/Cardiac Imaging


Within this module the student will explore: Ethical theories, principles and decision-making Epidemiology and pathophysiology of coronary heart disease, heart disease and acute renal failure Cardiac pharmacology Electrophysiology studies, Permanent Pacemakers, automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD) Electrocardiography – Rhythm Interpretation, Advanced 12 Lead ECGs Cardiac Investigations and Medical Imaging Cardiac Interventions, including angiography, PTCA and stenting Genetic heart disease Blood gas analysis Haemodynamic monitoring and inotropic support Assessment of the cardiac and respiratory patient

Special Features

The Faculty of Health Sciences is well placed to deliver this module. The module team is constituted from a dynamic group of clinicians, educators and researchers. Students will require a suitably experienced and trained mentor in practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning methods that will be used to help you achieve the learning outcomes of the module are designed to facilitate a contextual exploration of your clinical experience, whilst linking theory and evidence. Learning methods in this module will include: 1. Interpersonal learning - through group discussions and interactive lectures 2. Group learning – through group activities, patient scenarios, and problem based learning 3. Self-directed and electronic learning - through retrieving, reading and reviewing literature and research 4. Cognitive learning – development of critical reflection, critical analysis and synthesis of information based on a range of knowledge/evidence 5. Module leader/student 1:1 consultations - as required Module structure The five day module will be delivered over a five week period and a written assignment will be submitted upon completion of the taught component of the module within an 8 week period.

Completion of assessment task170
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

European Society of Cardiology.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Department of Health (2000). Coronary Heart Disease – National Service Framework. 

Swanton, R, H. & Banergee, S. (2008). Swanton's Cardiology: A Concise Guide to Clinical Practice (Pocket Consultant). 

Beauchamp, T.L., and Childress, J.F. (2013). Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Portfolio  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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