PSYG09011 2022 Vascular Physiology II

General Details

Full Title
Vascular Physiology II
Transcript Title
Vascular Physiology II
N/A %
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
Thomas Smyth, Paul Nolan, GrĂ¡inne Buicke, Tanya ByrnePratt, Karen Coughlan
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology

This module expands on the corresponding theoretical and practical concepts in Vascular Physiology I to increase the conceptual and applied understanding of the role of the Vascular physiologist in the evaluation of a patient's condition. It also aims to further develop necessary key skills to enable the student to work in the clinical field of Vascular physiology and become knowledgeable of the more advanced diagnostic tests. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply advanced clinical knowledge and technical skills in Vascular Physiology to appraise Vascular 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 vascular 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 vascular Physiology, aligning with relevant standards and guidelines, and adapting techniques appropriately as required. 


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


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


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


Communicate specialised knowledge of Vascular 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 progress 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. 


 Vascular Physiology I is a pre-requisite for this module. 

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

PSYG09010 202200 Vascular Physiology I

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Content:

  • Advanced principles in vascular science and relate such principles to blood flow dynamics. 
  • Vascular conditions
  • Advanced carotid imaging
  • Lower limb venous incompetence
  • Abdominal Aorta Imaging
  • Surgical Interventions
  • Transcranial Doppler


Indicative Practicals: 

Online lectures will cover the theory knowledge. Work - based placement will focus on ultrasound principles and practice. 

  • ABI 

  • Exercise ABI 

  • Upper limb segmental pressures 

  • Finger pressures 

  • Carotid Duplex 

  • Abdominal Duplex 

  • Venous Duplex (venous incompetence and DVT) 

  • Transcranial Doppler  

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 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Reflective Log Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % OnGoing 2,3,4,6,7,8
3 ONGOING Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,7
4 FINAL Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Vascular Physiology II Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Online Vascular Physiology II 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Vascular Physiology II 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Online Vascular Physiology II 9 Weekly 9.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

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