PSYG09008 2022 Cardiac Physiology II

General Details

Full Title
Cardiac Physiology II
Transcript Title
Cardiac Physiology II
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Subject Area
PSYG - Physiology Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Azura Youell, Thomas Smyth, Karen Coughlan, Paul Nolan
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology

This module builds on Cardiac Physiology I Module.  On completion of this module the learner should have further developed their conceptual and applied understanding of the role of cardiac measurements in the evaluation of a patient's condition. A student should acquire the necessary skills to enable them to work in a cardiac laboratory environment.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Apply advanced clinical knowledge and technical skills in Cardiac Physiology to appraise Cardiac conditions and independently perform physiological measurements in the evaluation of patient conditions. 


Critically evaluate a range of advanced equipment and techniques appropriate to investigate the presenting Cardiac condition, explaining the principles, indications, contraindications, limitations, and potential complications of specific techniques. 


Demonstrate competence in the calibration and operation of specialist equipment while undertaking specified investigations in Cardiac Physiology, aligning with relevant standards and guidelines, and adapting techniques appropriately as required. 


Describe how medication used in the treatment of Cardiac disorders can affect specific investigations. 


Apply reference parameters accurately to interpret advanced diagnostic tests in Cardiac Physiology, compiling a comprehensive patient history and diagnostic report correlating with disease pathology. 


Evaluate treatment options for Cardiac disorders and recognise the role of the Cardiac physiologist in patient management, suggesting or adjusting therapy as would fall under the practitioner’s scope of practice. 


Communicate specialised knowledge of Cardiac conditions and testing procedures appropriately and apply patient-centred skills to patient education. 


Portray a professional commitment to reflective practice, revising judgements and behaviour considering reflection. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module takes a blended learning approach. 

Online lectures will expose students to relevant theory. 

Lectures will be supported by online tutorials from expert practitioners to guide students using a case study approach, facilitating discussion, peer-teaching & learning, groupwork, problem-based learning and interpretation of measured data. 

Experiential learning through hospital-based placement will be guided by specialists synthesising student learning and guiding in the use of clinical equipment and national and international standards to inform practice.  An observational competency-based assessment method will be used frequently across this module as a means of formative learning through feedback. 

Leaners will be encouraged to commit to reflective practice and revise judgements and behaviour considering reflection. 

Students will be directed to supports provided on the University eLearning platform including discussion forums, articles, websites, eLearning activities and recommended reading. 

A formal agreement will be made with hospital sites as regards a quantum of protected time for the delivery of clinical education during placement hours to progressing scaffolded learning. 

Students undertake a final year project (FYP) during this final semester of study in tandem with their ‘major’ hospital-based placement affording learners an opportunity for applied learning through completion of a substantial body of work in a specified topic area independently under supervision. 


 The Cardiac Physiology I module is a pre-requisite to this module. 

The student must be in attendance & log a minimum of 480 hours on their ‘major’ hospital-based placement in Cardiac Physiology. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module contains 'must pass' assessments.  The minimum ‘pass’ mark for this module overall is 50%, in addition to meeting the minimum attendance requirement. 

The student will be assessed on their ability to competently carry out clinical tests within this specialist area, as outlined in the indicative syllabus above and Clinical Training Manuals.  

Observational competency-based assessment methods will be used frequently across this module as a means of continuous assessment and preparing students for a final competency assessment.   

The students are required to submit an anonymised written case study which is summarised in an oral presentation. 

Learners will also maintain a reflective log throughout their placement. 

The final written exam will assess students' knowledge to practice through exam questions requiring application of theoretical concepts to practice examples or sample measurement data.

Repeat Assessments

Where a student fails placement, they must repeat that placement. 

Where a student fails an element of placement, that component(s) must be repeated. 

Where the theory exam is failed, the student should resit that exam at the next repeat sitting. 

Module Dependencies

PSYG09003 202200 Cardiac Physiology I

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Content:

  • Implantable loop recorder:  
  • Pacemaker  
  • ICD/CRT   
  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Angiography
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention - balloon and stent technology
  • Plaque modifying technology
  • Intracoronary imaging/ischaemia assessment technology eg IVUS, OCT, FFR 
  • Electrophysiology studies

Indicative Practicals:  

  • Obtain basic Echocardiogram images in 10 patients
  • Perform basic VVI pacing check in 10 patients
  • Perform single chamber ICD check in 5 patients
  • Observe physiologist role in Cardiac angiography in 10 patients, if site provides service

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case Study Report & Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 15 % End of Term 1,2,4,5,6,7,8
2 Reflective Log Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % OnGoing 8
3 ONGOING Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5,6,7
4 FINAL Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Term 1,3,4,5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Cardiac Physiology II Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,3,4,5,6,7

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Cardiac Physiology II 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Online Cardiac Physiology II 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Online Cardiac Physiology II 9 Weekly 9.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Burri, Israel and Deharo, 2015, The EHRA Book of Pacemaker, ICD, and CRT Troubleshooting, Case-based learning with multiple choice questions, Oxford University Press  

Lancellotti, Zamorano, Habib and Badano, 2017, The EACVI Textbook of Echocardiography Second Edition, Oxford University Press 

Armstrong  and Ryan, 2019, Feigenbaum's Echocardiography, Eighth edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 

Houghton, 2013, Making Sense of Echocardiography :A Hands-on Guide, Second Edition, Taylor & Francis Ltd 

Sorajja , Lim and Kern, 2019, Kern's Cardiac Catheterization Handbook, Elsevier - Health Sciences Division 

Glover and Brugada, 2021, Clinical Handbook of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Springer 

Journal Resources

European Heart Journal 

The American Journal of Cardiology 

JAMA Cardiology 



JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging 

Other Resources