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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5341M ECG - Acute Coronary Syndrome

15 creditsClass Size: 30

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Martin Walsh

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Evidence of the ability to study at level M. This may be a first degree or credited learning at masters level. Working in a clinical area where ECG interpretation is required

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS5301MECG Interpretation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The purpose of this module is to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the theory and principles of cardiac electrophysiology and electrocardiography to underpin advanced skills in assessment, investigation, diagnosis, management and care of patients and families with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) in the acute and primary care settings.


The aim of this module is to enable the student to critically examine the knowledge, skills and activities required to accurately interpret the ECG, establish a differential diagnosis and consider appropriate immediate treatment and care for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of normal and altered cardiac electrophysiology and electrocardiography. They will develop skills in ECG interpretation of myocardial ischaemia, infarction, anatomical, electrolyte and drug influences upon the ECG

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and comprehension of normal cardiac electrophysiological mechanisms
2. Discuss in depth the electrocardiographic principles and theories which govern ECG recording
3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret normal and a range of abnormal and anomalous findings in advanced ECG interpretation
4. Critically evaluate the validity, reliability and efficacy of ECG findings for the assessment and diagnostic reasoning pertaining to ACS
5. Demonstrate effective and advanced problem-solving skills in ECG interpretation and justify differential diagnosis and decisions made when formulating a plan of care for ACS
6. Exhibit mastery and independent practice and fully participate in collaborative team working with healthcare colleagues to formulate appropriate ACS management strategies

Skills outcomes
The focus of this module will be the acquisition of advanced practical skills in cardiac rhythm and 12 lead ECG interpretation to support clinical decision-making


Cardiac electrophysiology and theory and principles of electrocardiography
Normal rhythm parameters and cardiac axis
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) on ECG - to include ischaemia, non-STEMI & STEMI and Q wave infarction
Enlargement and hypertrophy on ECG - to include underlying cardiac pathology
Influence of drugs, electrolyte imbalance and co morbid disease e.g. respiratory problems upon the ECG
Consider alternative available assessment & investigation strategies to inform differential - definitive diagnosis
Immediate pharmacological, invasive intervention and adjunct therapies

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning22.004.00
On-line Learning32.006.00
Independent online learning hours4.00
Private study hours122.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Pre course guided reading and workbook

Preparation for tutorial discussion (ECG based case scenarios will be provided each week for student led discussion the following week)

Preparation of summative assessment (students will share thoughts and ideas for their critical analysis of a case scenario encountered in practice)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will complete pre-course work in preparation for the first session.

At the end of each face to face (classroom or online) session, students will be set specific independent learning in an ECG interpretation practice workbook in preparation for the following session.

Face to face online tutorials facilitated by the module leader will discuss and provide answer guidance on the ECG interpretation homework and on-line work completed.

There are 3 timetabled sessions which are dedicated to reviewing and revising learning from the previous weeks.

A 1hour group tutorial for academic supervision for the written assignment is scheduled in the timetable and students may access one individual tutorial session for further support.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject Report (2500 words)100.00
Tutorial PerformanceFORMATIVE: Individual Academic Supervision0.00
Tutorial PerformanceFORMATIVE: Group Academic Supervision0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/08/2022


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