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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5342M ECG - Cardiac Rhythm Disorders

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 cardiac rhythm disorders 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 cardiac electrophysiological dysfunction. 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 atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, conduction defects and accessory pathways and pacemakers.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and comprehension of 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 assessment and diagnostic reasoning of a range of rhythm disorders
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 cardiac arrhythmias and conduction defects
6. Exhibit mastery and independent practice and fully participate in collaborative team working with healthcare colleagues to formulate appropriate 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
Atrial and ventricular arrhythmias on ECG – to include PAT, AF, flutter, AVNRT, AVRT, VT, Torsades, VF and ventricular flutter
Channelopathies e.g. LQTS, Brugada syndrome
Conduction and anomalous pathways on ECG – to include sinus, AV and bundle branch block and accessory pathways,
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
Private study hours122.00
Total Contact hours28.00
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)
Exam preparation and revision

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 online work completed.
There are 3 timetabled sessions which are dedicated to reviewing and revising learning from the previous weeks.
A 1 hour group tutorial for exam preparation and revision is scheduled in the timetable and students may access one individual tutorial session for further support. An online mock exam is available.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentFORMATIVE: Mock Online Exam0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)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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