This material is from a section of the MERCK manuals online medical library “series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers”. The title of the section being peer-reviewed is cardiovascular disorders and the topics covered include arrhythmias and conduction disorders, arterial hypertension, atherosclerosis, cardiac tumors, cardiomyopathies, coronary artery disease, and more. Each topic is broken down into smaller subheadings that provide the reader with an extensive amount of information. What makes the online version of the MERCK book unique is that it includes an audio and a video component. The material is targeted for the college student, the graduate student, and the healthcare provider and there is no cost to use the site.
Type of Material:
This learning resource is classified as reference material.
The online textbook chapter can be used in class, as a homework assignment, and the information can also be incorporated into lecture.
The user will need a computer with Internet access and a web browser to view the site. Some of the learning components include video and audio.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
There are no stated learning objectives. The implied learning objectives are after reviewing the chapter on cardiovascular disorders, the learner will be able to:
Discuss the approach to use for history and cardiovascular examination with the cardiac patient
Discuss the symptoms associated with cardiovascular disorders
Describe the types of cardiovascular tests and procedures done to diagnose cardiovascular disorders
Discuss common arrhythmia and conduction disorders
Discuss specific cardiac disorders, including arteriosclerosis, cardiac tumors, cardiomyopathies, coronary artery disease, diseases of the aorta and its branches, lymphatic disorders, pericarditis, peripheral arterial disorders, and peripheral venous disorders
Discuss the relationship of sports and the heart
Describe common valvular disorders
Target Student Population:
The material is targeted for the healthcare college the graduate student majors, as well as healthcare providers. There is no cost to use the site. MERCK recommends the material for consumers, however, the information may be a bit extensive for the general public.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There is no prerequisite knowledge required, however, users will benefits from basic knowledge about human anatomy and physiology.
The ebook chapter is:
Clear and concise
Provides a complete demonstration of the concept
Demonstrates a core concept grounded in the discipline
Current and relevant
Supported by appropriate research
Self-contained (can be used without requiring an
assignment or context)
Provides accurate information
Flexible (can be used in several situations)
Includes an adequate amount of material
Summarizes the concept well
Integrates the concept well
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The purpose of the material is to explain and describe cardiovascular concepts; the online format is very effective in conveying the information because it engages multiple senses through the use of not only text but also audio and video.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate; it is self-contained; terms are well-defined and the hyperlinks aid in understanding the material.
Other Issues and Comments:
No other issues.
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