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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5207M Echocardiography Pathology

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Natasha Watchorn

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certified evidence of the ability to study at M level for example SLiP, and masters level modules. Undergraduate Degree in a related field including Cardiac Physiology, nursing, radiography, or equivalent 2:2 and above or equivalent will be considered e.g. HNC/D Medical Physics & Physiological Measurement (MPPM), professional body exams such as British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) accreditation.

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will provide the opportunity to apply learning to work based issues in echocardiography. This module provides a vehicle for theoretical knowledge and practical skill development and for the use of imaging in the investigation or treatment of a range of diseases or conditions. Students can build their study and skill development around echocardiography which directly relates to their own working circumstances.


This module will cover many areas of echocardiography pathology essentials and provide a detailed understanding for physiologists to operate in the clinical setting on a daily basis. This module is relevant for practicing cardiac physiologists and allied health professionals who work within and are involved with cardiac patients requiring cardiac ultrasound diagnosis and treatment.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate and synthesise an in-depth, specialist knowledge of normal and pathological findings relevant to echocardiography
2. Critically evaluate and synthesise a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of echocardiography
3. Critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and evidence based practice relating echocardiography
4.To take a proactive, self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others
5. Critically evaluate and synthesise effective decision making skills in routine situations
6. Reflect critically on practice and the role of imaging in the management of the patient referred for routine investigation of common clinical conditions.

Skills outcomes
The understanding of echocardiography pathology is essential to the practice of cardiac ultrasound, and will benefit those using echocardiography images in research.


Critically evaluate and synthesise an in-depth, specialist knowledge of normal and pathological findings relevant to echocardiography, including aetiologies and echocardiographic features of the mitral, aortic, pulmonary & tricuspid valves plus;

• Prosthetic valve assessment
• Cardiomyopathies
• Pericardial disease
• Coronary artery disease & left ventricular systolic function
• Diastolic function of the left ventricle
• Myocardial infarction & its consequence
• Pulmonary hypertension & right ventricular functional assessment
• Diseases of the aorta.
• Adult congenital heart disease

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours70.00
Private study hours200.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will consult a range of online material, books, and journal articles to support their learning, and develop a depth of understanding based around the taught materials.
During taught sessions students are given independent study tasks to complete. This will include reading, literature searches and assessment preparation / practice based learning sessions.
During the taught sessions 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

Each lecture is accompanied by a number of formative questions (and answers) which students can use to gauge progress. The two tutorials also provide with opportunity for feedback on progression.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,500 words70.00
Presentation15-minute verbal presentation30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Progress is monitored by; • Quiz • Peer & tutor feedback • Tutor feedback on assessment plans The 3,500-word essay should be submitted in the May assessment period. Students will give their 15-minute presentation during the May assessment period.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/05/2023 15:27:50


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