ECG 1000 - Course Syllabus 2018 - 2019


Dyersburg State Community College

ECG 1000 - Introduction to Electrocardiogram Interpretation and Monitoring

Course Syllabus 2018-2019

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Course Information

Course Description:

As a Certified EKG Technician, you'll operate machines that record the electrical activity of a patient's heart.  EKG rhythms provide important data for the diagnosis of heart conditions.  3 hours lecture.  As a CET, you may perform some of all of the following tasks:

  • Set up and administer EKG's, stress tests
  • Prepare patients for Holter, or ambulatory monitoring
  • Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
  • Schedule appointments
  • Transcribe physicians' interpretations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working understanding of basic cardiac anatomy.  Critical components should include atrium and ventricles and the major cardiac vessels, along with the intercostal spaces and body planes, as this is key in lead placement.
  • Identify options for employment, the scope of practice and their place in the health care team.  Critical components include the ECG tech's scope of practice and the duties the ECG tech is expected to perform.
  • Recognize prefixes and suffixes and be able to use this knowledge to decipher more advanced medical terms they may face.  Critical components include knowledge of abbreviations relating to the heart and lead placement (SVC, IVC, AV, LAD, RCA etc) and well as rhythm abbreviations.
  • Interpret HIPAA laws and their implications.  Critical components include ways students can violate the HIPAA legislation.
  • Demonstrate how to keep patients calm and comfortable during a procedure.  Critical components include professional demeanor and interaction as well as tools in gaining patient confidence.
  • Describe the electrical flow of the heart and how this applies to P,Q,R,S,T formation.  Critical components include the ability to identify the waveforms and how they relate to cardiac activity.
  • Compare normal and abnormal waveforms.  Critical components include strip interpretation including normal sinus rhythm and basic arrhythmias.
  • Place a 12 lead and recognize any issues, including artifact, that may arise.  Critical components include identifying anatomical landmarks for proper electrode placement and correct wire placement.
  • Formulate the measurement techniques and be able to correctly identify size abnormalities and how they relate to basic arrhythmias.  Critical components include basic measurement and correct identification of wave size.

Prerequisites:

ACT minimum subscores:  Reading 19; English 18; Math 19, or acceptable placement test scores or successfully completed all learning support competencies.

Co-requisites:
 

Course Topics:

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Specific Course Requirements:

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Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks/ Courseware:

Visit the DSCC Bookstore (opens in a new window) to purchase your textbook.

Supplementary Materials:

Provided in the detailed course syllabus found in DSCC eLearn.

Software Requirements:

Provided in the detailed course syllabus found in DSCC eLearn.

Instructor Information

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  1. Select the Find People link on the bottom left of the Dyersburg State Community College website.
  2. Choose your instructor’s name from the drop-down list.
  3. Click the Submit button.

Assessment and Grading

Testing Procedures:

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Grading Procedures:

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Grading Scale:

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Assignments and Participation

Schedule:

Provided in the detailed course syllabus found in DSCC eLearn.

Punctuality:

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Attendance Policy:

Class Participation:

Provided in the detailed course syllabus found in DSCC eLearn.

Course Ground Rules

Technical Assistance/Help Desk:

For technical assistance, contact the DSCC Help Desk.

Campus Phone Number
Dyersburg Campus 731-288-7780
Jimmy Naifeh Center (JNC) 901-475-3177
Gibson County Center (GCC) 731-222-5180

Visit the Help Desk (opens in a new window) for tutorials and other how to guides.

You may also contact the Help Desk by email at helpdesk@dscc.edu.

General:

Observe course netiquette at all times. Instructor guidelines for communication by email, discussion groups, chat, and the use of web resources are necessary.

  • Participation is required.
  • Communication with other students in team projects is expected.
  • Learn how to navigate within the course management system.
  • Keep abreast of course announcements.
  • Use the assigned college email address as opposed to a personal email address.
  • Address technical problems immediately.

Email:

Dyersburg State Community College Students must regularly check two separate email accounts.

  • The email account within DSCC eLearn is intended for course-related communication between you, your instructor, and other students in a particular course. The eLearn email account is a “closed” email system - which means that you cannot send emails to or from another non-eLearn email platform.

    To navigate to the email within eLearn: from the DSCC homepage (www.dscc.edu), click “DSCC eLearn” in the top right corner of the page, enter your DSCC username and password in the “Login” box on the left, and click the email icon located at the top of the page (appears as an unopened envelope).

  • The second email account is located within MyDSCC (sometimes referred to as “Banner”). This email account will serve as a communication tool between you and the various college departments and divisions. You will receive information in the MyDSCC email account regarding your bill, financial aid, advising, and other academic matters and important news/updates from the institution as a whole. The MyDSCC email account is an “open” email system – which means you can send emails to/from other email platforms. You must check both email accounts regularly.

    To navigate to the email within MyDSCC: from the DSCC homepage (www.dscc.edu), click “MyDSCC” in the top right corner of the page, enter your DSCC username and password in the “Secure Access Login” box on the left, and click the email icon located at the top of the page (appears as an unopened envelope).

When sending an email, please consider:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember that without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc., should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Discussions:

Students are expected to participate in discussions.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker, then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the Reply button rather than starting a new topic.
  • Learn how to navigate within the course management system
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of others’ ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Web Resources:

Provided in the detailed course syllabus found in DSCC eLearn.

Other Important Information

Library Resources:

Visit the Learning Resource Center (opens in a new window).

To ask a question about books, interlibrary loans, or other LRC information, call the LRC at 731-286-3361.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to do their own work and academic honesty will be treated according to Dyersburg State Community College Academic and Classroom Misconduct Policy (see the DSCC Catalog (opens in a new window)).

Reporting Fraud, Waste, or Abuse:

Students with Disabilities:

Dyersburg State Community College is committed to providing a discrimination-free environment for all students. Students with disabilities are encouraged to inform the College of any assistance they may need. Please notify the ADA Coordinator at (731) 286-3242.

Safety/Security:

Dyersburg State makes crime statistic information available to the public through the Annual Security Report (opens in a new window).

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Server Outage Disclaimer:

The server on which DSCC’s web supported/online courses are hosted will be occasionally unavailable due to upgrades and/or maintenance. Regularly scheduled outages will occur during the early morning hours of the second Sunday and third Tuesday of each month. There may also be unplanned downtime due to failures of one kind or another. Because the server is not located at DSCC, the College cannot directly correct these situations. You will need to contact your instructor(s) directly to make accommodations should an unplanned outage prevent you from taking a quiz or submitting an assignment.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention:

If you or someone you know at DSCC feels overwhelmed, hopeless, depressed, or is thinking about dying by suicide, supportive services are available and effective. For immediate help, contact the Suicide Hotline: 855-274-7471 or 800-273-8255. More information and local resources are located online: www.dscc.edu/current-students/counseling-services.

Syllabus Changes:

From time to time during the semester, it may be necessary to make changes to the material in the course syllabus. Any necessary changes to the course syllabus will be sent to you by email and posted within the online course material.

Implementation date approved by Instructional Council:

2017