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NQCG3147 Cardiology for Health Professionals (level 6)

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

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.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of current evidence related to your chosen health care issue.


Within this module the student will explore: Ethical theories and applied clinical ethical decision-making Epidemiology,pathophysiology and management of coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathies/Genetic heart disease Risk factor assessment Applied cardiac pharmacology Applied cardiac physiological investigations and treatments including Pacemakers, automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD), Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (DRT) Electrocardiography (ECG) – including basic rhythm interpretation, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, atrio-ventricular blocks Principles in taking a 12 Lead ECG - including basic and advanced interpretation of abnormalities Cardiac Investigations such as Troponin, coronary angiography and CT angiography Treatments of Coronary Heart Disease including medical therapies, Primary angioplasty and stenting Assessment of the cardiovascular patient Behavioural Cardiology Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)

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.

Independent Study215
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

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

Internet sources. British Heart Foundation (BHF) European Society of Cardiology National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) American Society of Cardiology -

Zipes, DP & Lilly, P (2018). Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine 2 volume set. 

Improving cardiovascular disease outcomes: strategy.


Assessment Strategy

Assignment including a management plan 100% contribution to final mark Mode of Feedback to Students Formal written feedback by 1st marker (module lead)


Attendance and engagement


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (2750 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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