SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 1:17:25 AMEMC 114 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  EMC 114Title:  BASIC ARRHYTHMIA  
Full Title:  Basic Arrhythmia Recognition Course
Last Reviewed:12/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  21 - Legally Mandated Repetition
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  EMC 275.1

Catalog Description:
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Application of basic principles of cardiac anatomy and physiology to recognize basic heart arrhythmias. Designed for health and allied care personnel who assume responsibility for cardiac monitoring in the pre-hospital and hospital setting.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 102 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Basic principles of cardiac anatomy and physiology to recognize basic heart arrhythmias. Course for health & allied care personnel who assume reponsibility for cardiac monitoring in the pre-hospital or hospital setting.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 102 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:21 - Legally Mandated Repetition


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Identify and define 9 structures of the heart and
   their basic function.
2.  Define the following terms related to cardiac electrophysiology:
     A. Depolarization
     B. Repolarization
     C. Action potential
     D. Refractory states
3.  Describe the sequence of cardiac activation and recovery, and relate
   this information to the electrocardiogram (EKG) configuration.
4.  Demonstrate a systematic method of EKG interpretation.
5.  Identify normal waveforms for monitoring leads II, modified cardiac
lead (MCL) 1 and 6.
6.  Classify arrhythmias according to site, mechanism and severity.
7.  Identify 15 arrhythmias.
8.  Recognize and describe 4 conduction defects.
9.  Identify 3 premature and escape beats and state the mechanism for
10. Discuss possible nursing and medical interventions for 15 major
11. Identify pacemaker rhythms.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Overview
     A. Cardiac anatomy and physiology
     B. Myocardial blood supply
     C. Cardiac conduction system
2.  EKG Interpretation
     A. Vectors, lead placements
     B. Waves and measurements
     C. Analysis of EKG rhythm strips
     D. Modified cardiac leans
3.  Conduction System
     A. Anatomy
     B. EKG analysis
     C. Sinus rhythms
4.  Cardiac Rhythms
     A. Atrial
     B. Junctional
     C. Ventricular
5.  Heart Blocks - Conduction Defects

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1.  Read approximately 10 pages per week.
2.  Identify approximately 20 rhythm strips per week.
3.  Exam identifying 15 strips rhythm strips

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 10%
Identify 20 rhythm strips
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 45%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
45 - 70%
Completion, Identify EKG rhythm strips
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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EKG Workbook by Huff, Lippincott 6th ed. 2004
Instructor prepared materials.

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