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ESC3005 : Cardiac rehabilitation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module will introduce students to the prevalence and treatment management of cardiovascular disease with particular emphases on Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure with exercise and lifestyle interventions. Students will gain detailed theoretical knowledge of the condition and will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the delivery of an evidence-based cardiac rehabilitation programme at Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital. Students will be further introduced to the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation clinical qualification pathway such as e.g. BACPR Exercise Instructor award.

Outline Of Syllabus

The content of the module will include the following topics:

1. Cardiovascular disease physiology and pathophysiology;
2. Risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease and their management;
3. Phases of cardiac rehabilitation;
4. Common cardiac medications and their implications for exercise;
5. Exercise prescription for cardiovascular disease;
6. Risk assessment in cardiac rehabilitation;
7. Psychological considerations of the cardiac patient;
8. Emergency procedures.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will define the scope of the module and communicate specific knowledge of cardiovascular diseases and cardiac rehabilitation as a basis for further study.

Seminars will encourage students to develop their deeper understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask specific questions and exchange ideas. Skills developed include critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, communication and collaborative skills.

Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes, texts and papers; preparation for seminars; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practised include critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, active learning, numeracy, planning, time management and organisation and independence.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Essay questions; answer 2 from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Group oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will assess students' in depth knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the delivered course material.

The group oral presentation will assess various skills including; critical analysis of information and literature, research skills, team work and collaboration, communication and presentation skills. Additionally the group oral presentation will assess student’s knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Cardiac Rehabilitation and their ability to communicate with a non-specialist audience.

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