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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5204M Bradycardia Device and Rhythm Management

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: John Gierula

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certified evidence of the ability to study at M level for example SLiP, and masters level modules. Subject related Undergraduate Degree of 2:2 and above or equivalent will be considered . Students should have an appropriate professional qualification and should be working in a relevant area of practice.

This module is not approved as an Elective


On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1) Demonstrate the ability to perform role specific procedures, and identify changes to programming of pacemakers during pacemaker implant and follow up procedures on a range of patients,
2) Synthesise and critically evaluate the prevalence, aetiology and symptoms of patients with bradycardia related conditions for the purpose of identifying appropriate application of pacemaker therapy in a wide range of pathologies and apply these to advanced practice,
3) Discuss and critically evaluate current issues pertaining to advanced clinical practice,
4) Demonstrate recognition of patients’ needs both physically and psychologically for the provision of high quality patient care and provide appropriate support,
5) Evaluate and appraise assessment, interpret and evaluation of data
6) Evaluate and appraise a range of normal and abnormal measurements
7) Critically appraise the practice and role of pacemaker therapy in the management of patients with cardiac condition and apply this to advanced practice
8) Evaluate and critically appraise current literature/research studies for pacemaker implant and follow up topics, incorporating evidence based practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the student will have knowledge in:
• The practical and theoretical application of pacemaker implantation in a wide range of pathology
• The practical and theoretical application of pacemaker follow up in a wide range of pathology
• The interpretation of measurable data


• Anatomy and physiology of the heart
• Cardiac Electrophysiology and haemodynamics
• Cardiac Pathology
• Cardiac Pharmacology
• Pacemaker Implant and follow up indications, contraindications, procedures, trouble shooting
• Paediatric considerations
• Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
• DVLA regulations

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment51.005.00
Independent online learning hours70.00
Private study hours200.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

During the block contact week students are given independent study tasks to complete after the block. This will include reading, literature searches and assessment preparation / practice based learning sessions.

During the contact weeks student led sessions are timetabled which require students to discuss cases of specific interest. An abstract of the case with data where possible can be uploaded onto the VLE prior to the session. The VLE will also include relevant guidance documentations, power point presentations, associated handouts and multiple choice questions to facilitate independent learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress during this module will be monitored through the use of Clinical Learning Record with set objectives for each teaching period this will ensure clinical practice is maintained throughout the module.

Formative MCQ's on each block week will be available through the VLE; answers will be discussed at the beginning of the next block. Seminar presentations of cases to be discussed will demonstrate level of understanding for topic areas.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationSubmitted presentation with 1,500 word narrative.50.00
Essay3,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Essay case report assesses the wide knowledge and understanding of cardiac pacing and addresses all learning outcomes, enabling students to develop reflective and evaluative skills required for professional practice. The case report assesses application of theory to practice and interpretation of data. Whilst the presentation assesses wider skills as well as knowledge. There is no compensation between the elements. A pass is required in both components to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/06/2023


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