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12 Lead Electrocardiogram Interpretation - HEA00132H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Jessica Powell
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to provide nursing, medical, and allied health professionals with a detailed understanding of the electrocardiogram (ECG) and its analysis and interpretation in clinical contexts in the care of adult patients. The module has been developed to enable practitioners to gain knowledge of the theoretical principles underpinning the ECG to enable a deeper level of understanding of clinically important abnormalities that will enhance the care of the acutely ill cardiovascular patient.

The module facilitates the development of clinical skills in cardiovascular assessment and ECG interpretation in clinical practice, as well as the ability to appraise and critique current evidence. The practitioner will also have the opportunity to develop skills in reflecting on their own practice.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed level of knowledge and understanding in relation to cardiac physiology and pathophysiology.
  2. Accurately and systematically interpret and distinguish between a wide variety of normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms and 12 lead ECGs.
  3. Critically evaluate the evidence-based use and limitations of ECG interpretation to support recommendations in patient care.
  4. Evaluate and critically analyse the principles of ECG interpretation and the application of problem solving in making sound clinical judgements.
  5. Independently integrate knowledge, clinical information, problem solving and physical examination skills with sound diagnostic reasoning and patient management in the care of the cardiovascularly unstable patient.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam : 12 Lead Electrocardiogram Interpretation
4 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam : 12 Lead Electrocardiogram Interpretation
4 hours 100

Module feedback

  • Formative feedback from the facilitator, module team and peers within group work which can be used to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for the summative examination.
  • Students are provided with collective exam feedback relating to their cohort, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Hampton, J.R. (2008). The ECG made easy. 7th edn. London: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Hampton, J.R. (2008). The ECG in practice. 5th edn. China: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Houghton, A.R. and Gray, D. (2020). Making sense of the ECG: a hands on guide. 5th edn. London: CRC Press.
  • Houghton, A.R. (2014). Making sense of the ECG: cases for self-assessment. 2nd edn. London: CRC Press.
  • The Society for Cardiological Science and Technology. (2010). Clinical guidelines by consensus: recording a 12-lead electrocardiogram, an approved methodology. [Online]. Available at: [Accessed 27 August 2014].

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.