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Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education


NW7013 [Module]

Cardiac Arrhythmias: Interpretation and Management

Academic Level:

7 (Postgraduate)

15 Credits

This module can contribute to the following programmes

Intake Dates

Start Date 

18 Apr 2024 (Limited Availability)

Apply by: 21 Mar 2024



18 Apr 2024 (On Campus) | 25 Apr 2024 (Online) | 02 May 2024 (Online) | 09 May 2024 (Online) | 16 May 2024 (Online) | 23 May 2024 (Online) | 30 May 2024 (Online) | 06 Jun 2024 (On Campus) | 13 Jun 2024 (Online) | 20 Jun 2024 (Online) | 25 Jul 2024 (Exam)

Course details

This is a compulsory specialist module within the PgCert Cardiac Care and an option module within the MSc Healthcare Practice programme and the PGDip/MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme. It may also be taken as a free-standing module. It can be taken as a free- standing module. The module is suitable for nurses and other registered healthcare professionals working with adult patients in a range of acute clinical settings including cardiology, cardiac surgery, pre-hospital and emergency care, intensive care and acute medicine. Successful completion of the module will enable the practitioner to effectively use cardiac monitoring to facilitate clinical assessment and deliver evidence-based care for adults with cardiac arrhythmias



The module will enable students to develop an understanding of the mechanisms of arrhythmias and the knowledge and skills required to deliver safe and effective evidence- based care for patients experiencing cardiac arrhythmias.


What and how you will learn on this module


How you will learn:

This module is delivered using a blended learning approach which integrates a variety of on-campus and online activities, supported by Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment. A complementary range of activities are employed to engage you in the critical exploration of key topic areas, and the completion of formative tasks during the module also helps to keep you on track with the learning and gain feedback on your understanding of the content. A sense of community is developed and maintained with frequent opportunities for peer learning, enabling you to share your practice experiences and to learn from each other. Level 6 and level 7 students taking this module may be taught together.

Academic writing and critical thinking skills are developed through ‘The Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit’ and other academic practice activities embedded within the module, that have been designed to nurture the skills needed to facilitate you to become a thoughtful, objective and reasoned thinker. This will help you tackle the assignment(s) confidently, understand marking criteria, use evidence, take a reasoned approach, make structured arguments and engage with other points of view. 


What you will learn:

Cardiac anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology

• Conduction system and cardiac action potential

• Mechanisms of arrhythmias.


Cardiac monitoring

• Electrophysiology

• Setting up cardiac monitors and troubleshooting

• Effective monitoring

• Systematic rhythm assessment.


Recognition and care of the acutely unwell patient with arrhythmias

• Symptom recognition

• Accurate and effective cardiac monitoring

• Early identification of deterioration.


Recognition of arrhythmias and evidence-based care:

• Sinus rhythms and sinus node dysfunction

• Atrial arrhythmias

• Supraventricular arrhythmias

• Heart blocks

• Ventricular arrhythmias

• Cardiac arrest rhythms

• Long QT Syndrome.


Evidence-based investigations and therapeutic interventions including:

• Cardioversion, defibrillation

• Emergency pacing and permanent pacing

• Anti-arrhythmic drugs

• EPS and ablation.


Academic practice

• Database searching

• Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

• Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit.


Course length: 10 teaching days



Exam (2 hours)


Learning outcomes

Independently initiate and deliver effective cardiac monitoring and systematically analyse cardiac rhythms to accurately identify specific cardiac arrhythmias, demonstrating potential causes in complex patients with reference to pathophysiology.

Apply a comprehensive knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology to accurately anticipate the potential complications arising from cardiac arrhythmias.

Make informed judgements about unpredictable, complex and specialised clinical situations involving patients with acute onset of arrhythmia and anticipate evidence-based pharmacological or invasive interventions, escalating care when necessary for further management.

Critically reflect upon, anticipate and respond to the psychosocial issues and ethico-legal considerations for patients living with long term cardiac arrhythmia.

Course Information


Course Leader



Course delivery

Kingston WFD Admissions Team

Raj Mungur & Laura Robertson

Blended Learning. On-Campus sessions subject to change. If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.


Course pre-requisites

Programme Entry Requirements

Co-requisites: Applicants should normally be working in an environment where they frequently care for adult patients undergoing cardiac monitoring.




Self-funding students will need to make a one-off payment for the module via our secure payment portal before the online enrolment process.


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