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MBHT5004: Cardiovascular Metabolic Management

Semester 2, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit will enhance students' understanding of cardiovascular risk, and the cardiovascular complications that may occur in metabolic disease. It will facilitate increased confidence in the assessment, prevention and practical medical management of cardiovascular disease in its broadest sense. Epidemiology and pathophysiology of atherogenesis and cardiovascular disease, will be addressed followed by an intensive focus on characterisation and patient-centred management of common modifiable cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, lipoprotein disorders, diabetes and liftestyle factors pertinent to cardiovascular health. Evidence based screening and diagnostic methods, lifestyle interventions, pharmacotherapy and non-invasive monitoring will be covered. This will be followed by a detailed exploration of large and small vessel disease and implications of metabolic disease for brain, kidney and heart function (including ischaemic cardiomyopathy, diabetic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive cardiomyopathy). Peripheral arterial and cerebrovascular disease, arrhythmogenic disturbances, sleep disorders and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will all be considered. At the conclusion of this unit of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage cardiovascular disease risk and have a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular complications of metabolic disease.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MBHT5004
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

This unit is intended for students who have experience in clinical care of patients and includes a significant Pharmacology component. It is designed for Medical Graduates only.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jen Barraclough,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final graded exam
Online MCQ
40% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Online Module Quizzes
Online MCQ quizzes
10% Multiple weeks 4 x quizzes, less than 10 MCQ per quiz
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Case Discussions
Case study x 3, written response + peer discussion
25% Multiple weeks 3 x case discussions, 500 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO5 LO7
Assignment Literature Review
Literature review
25% Week 11 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO8
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Case discussions: Students are to detail what they see as the main priorities for the initial assessment and management for each of the 3 cases provided. Answers should be based upon an understanding of the case and on the relevant literature. Students’ work should be referenced by a minimum of 5 key citations sourced from current medical literature. Students are also required to post two peer replies to the dicussion forum.
  • Literature review: Students are to write a literature review based on a case vignette provided. The work must be referenced by a minimum of 10 key citations from the medical literature.
  • Graded quizzes: Each module in the unit of study includes a quiz comprising 7-15 multiple choice questions. These quizzes are designed to provide you with feedback on learning and highlight gaps in student knowledge. Quizzes are timed for 30 minutes and can only be attempted once. 
  • Final exam: The final graded exam will take place during the formal examination period- the exact date will be communicated at a later date. The final exam is a graded, fully invigilated exam conducted via Canvas with the help of an online proctor. This exam is comprised of multiple choice questions.

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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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.

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 Module 1.1: Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk, and Metabolic Syndrome Online class (10 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Module 1.2: Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis and Acute Coronary Syndromes Online class (10 hr) LO1
Week 03 Module 2.1: Hypertension – Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management Online class (10 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Module 2.2: Metabolic and Lipoprotein Disorders in the Setting of Metabolic Syndrome – Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Management Online class (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 05 Module 2.3: Cardiovascular Health and Disease in People with Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO2 LO4 LO8
Week 06 Module 2.4: Lifestyle Factors – Smoking Cessation, Exercise, Dietary Considerations and Alcohol Intake Online class (10 hr) LO4
Week 07 Module 3.1: Coronary Blood Flow and Stable Cardiac Ischaemia Online class (10 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Module 3.2: Unstable Cardiac Ischaemia – Acute Coronary Syndromes Online class (10 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Module 3.3: Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure in the Setting of Metabolic Syndrome Online class (10 hr) LO8
Week 10 Module 3.4: Cardiac Arrhythmia, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Metabolic Syndrome Online class (10 hr) LO8
Week 11 Module 4.1: Disease of the Aorta and Peripheral Vascular Disease Online class (10 hr) LO9
Week 12 Module 4.2: Cerebrovascular Disease Online class (10 hr) LO9
Week 13 Module 4.3: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Metabolic Disease & the Heart Online class (10 hr) LO2 LO4

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.

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. explain the implications of metabolic disease for cardiovascular risk
  • LO3. describe traditional and novel risk factors for cardiovascular disease and demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to assess cardiovascular risk in the clinical setting
  • LO4. implement primary and secondary prevention management plans to address cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia and smoking
  • LO5. describe basic coronary artery anatomy and the manifestations of stable and unstable coronary artery disease
  • LO6. initiate an appropriate initial management plan for a patient with acute chest pain and identify those that need an emergency referral
  • LO7. assess the long-term treatment considerations for people with documented coronary artery disease
  • LO8. Identify the links between metabolic disease, heart failure and arrhythmia and institute appropriate investigations and management for the breathless patient
  • LO9. describe the clinical manifestations of cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular disease and prepare a plan for best-practice management.

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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Required materials: The following equipment is required in order to take the final exam: a desktop computer or laptop (not tablet), a webcam and microphone, an internet connection speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speed and a browser with pop-up blocker disabled (Chrome is recommended).


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