Module code: PASM002

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

BROOKMAN MJ Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 400

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PBCP PORTFOLIO Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the functional anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine systems, and the pathophysiology and risk factors of common conditions affecting these systems. K
Demonstrate basic ability to use clinical information to put together a likely differential diagnosis and be able to justify it for chest pain, and differential diagnosis of shortness of breath and major endocrine disorders such as diseases of the thyroid and blood sugar. C
Describe common imaging techniques and their appropriate use in diagnosing disease. K
Describe and demonstrate ability to take a patient-centred, focussed cardiovascular system, respiratory system and diabetes histories from a patient P
Describe the principles of epidemiology as applied to coronary artery disease and chronic obstructive airways disease, the evidence base behind current clinical guidelines for these diseases and the National Institute for Clinical Evidence.
Describe why occupational and social histories are important P
Understand why good clinician-patient relationships foster informed patient choice and help negotiating care decisions C
Identify and understand ethical and legal issues, in particular maintaining patient confidentiality, and obtaining informed consent P
Identify relevant psychological and social factors, integrating these perspectives with the biomedical evidence to elucidate current problems T
Perform focussed cardiovascular and respiratory system examinations, tailored to the needs of the patient. P
Describe common infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract, and principles of antibiotic use for these infections. K
Demonstrate appropriate use of initial and follow- up investigations K
Formulate a differential diagnosis based on objective and subjective data, primarily in the ‘virtual' cases, but increasingly with real patients seen in Primary Care C
Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and carers T
Discuss common drugs used in cardiovascular, respiratory and diabetic conditions and their side-effects / interactions K
Show knowledge of the British National Formulary and how to use it when deciding how to treat the above clinical systems K
Maintain an awareness of national and local guidelines K
Describe techniques that assess community needs in relation to how services are provided K
Discuss public health issues related to the cases studied in Module 2. K
Discuss principles promoting health and preventing disease, in particular healthy lifestyle issues such as smoking, alcohol consumption and diet, with particular reference K
To Primary and Secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Show ability to use reflective thinking and writing to critically evaluate own practice to identify learning/ developmental needs and identify and utilise learning opportunities C
Understand and value roles of other members of the health and social care team, especially the Primary Health Care Team P
Show knowledge of other presentations from Section A1 of the matrix specification, allied to the cases in this module, and their investigation and management (Appendix 1). K
Participate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the level expected in Intermediate Life Support Training (successful completion of ILS course)
Perform and interpret a 12 lead ECG, relating abnormalities to the functional anatomy of the heart.
Obtain a manual blood pressure
Perform intra-venous cannulation
Monitor oxygen saturation transcutaneously
Take nose, throat and skin swabs
Undertake respiratory function tests, including peak flow and spirometer
Explain to a patient how to use a Peak Flow Meter.
Explain to a patient how to use an inhaler
Obtain an arterial blood gas sample on a simulator

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Assessment Strategy

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Physician Associate Studies PGDip(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core A pass as determined by the relevant criteria is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.