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INTM5014: Cardiology

Semester 1, 2020 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The Cardiology syllabus is designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who are either trainee physicians or have a special interest in the practice of cardiology. The content is focussed on diagnosis and investigation of common cardiologic conditions and the essentials of management of these conditions. The module learning materials are linked to a library of clinical cases representing common and important cardiologic conditions.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INTM5014
Academic unit Internal Medicine
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

This unit of study is available only to registered medical practitioners with experience working in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting. It assumes theoretical and practical knowledge of cardiology at least at the level of a registered medical practitioner.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Leo Davies,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam
50% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Graded quizzes
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Graded discussion boards
Online task
20% Multiple weeks 500 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case report
20% Week 09 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12

Assessment summary

  • Graded quizzes: There are graded multiple choice quizzes from weeks 1-13 that address learning outcomes in material that you have covered. The quizzes are taken at a time of the student’s choosing within an allotted time-frame. Reference materials may be used to help. The quizzes are open for the duration of the module plus one additional week and it is recommended that students attempt them weekly.
  • Discussion boards: During the semester students are expected to participate in online discussions relating to a clinical case that will be outlined on the discussion board (4 cases per semester). Discussions are available for a duration of three weeks. Students will need to be active in the discussion boards. An initial response to the provided case must be posted within the first two weeks, replies to other students can be posted in the final week.
  • Case report:  Students should aim to produce a report, not including references. In general, about a third of the report should be allocated to the case report and two thirds to discussion of the case. The report should be based on a patient the student has cared for, or seen, in the course of their clinical work. The case report can be formatted as a narrative or, arranged with headings of; history of the presenting illness, previous medical history, social history, examination, investigations, and diagnosis.
  • Final exam: The final exam is a graded, fully invigilated exam conducted via Canvas with the help of an online proctor. The exam will contain 60 multiple choice questions.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note, for this unit of study INTM5014 the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date for 5 calendar days only. This is to ensure that timely feedback is provided to students. If the assessment is submitted more than 5 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Module 1: coronary artery disease; 2. Module 1.1: cardiovascular risk and primary prevention Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1.2: stable coronary artery disease Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 1.3: unstable coronary artery disease Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 1. Module 2: valvular heart disease and cardiomyopathy; 2. Module 2.1: systolic murmurs Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 2.2: diastolic murmurs and infective endocarditis Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 2.3: cardiomyopathy and systolic heart failure - chronic heart failure Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 2.4: cardiomyopathy and heart failure - acute heart failure and mycocarditis Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 1. Module 3: electrophysiology; 2. Module 3.1: palpitations and atrial arrhythmias Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 3.2: syncope, bradyarrhythmias Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 3.3: ventricular arrhythmias Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 1. Module 4: pericardial diseases and introduction to congenital heart disease; 2. Module 4.1: pericardial diseases and introduction to pulmonary hypertension Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 4.2: aortic diseases Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 4.3: introduction to congenital heart disease Online class (10 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit are available on Canvas.

  • Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Eleventh Edition (!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C20151066935)

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. outline the important pathophysiology that contributes to atherogenesis
  • LO2. describe the risk factors and clinical management of coronary artery disease including investigation of chest pain, primary prevention, secondary prevention, intervention, and medical management in stable and unstable disease
  • LO3. understand the aetiology and medical management/device management principles in acute and chronic heart failure
  • LO4. explain the causes, appropriate medical management, and indications or intervention in valvular heart disease
  • LO5. identify the common atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and describe the acute and chronic management plans for these arrhythmias
  • LO6. describe the common presentations, causes investigation and management of syncope
  • LO7. understand the basic indications for implantable pacemakers and defibrillators
  • LO8. outline the basic pathophysiology, investigation and management of channelopathies and cardiomyopathies which may manifest in sudden cardiac death
  • LO9. describe the presentation, investigation, and management principles in the myocarditis and pericardial diseases
  • LO10. outline the common Aortopathies and the management and intervention strategies for these
  • LO11. describe the classification, investigation, and management options in pulmonary hypertension
  • LO12. outline basic conditions and management principles of the congenital heart disease.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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