Stroke: Acute Management


Students will develop knowledge and expertise about cerebral circulation, stroke risk and prevention and stroke classification. They will also learn about stroke severity scales, differential diagnosis, acute stroke investigations, and interventions (including thrombolysis) and acute post-stroke complications. This course will explore an evidence-based, and multiprofessional team approach to the management of acute stroke patients and those at risk of stroke.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand an evidence-based approach to diagnosing, investigating and managing patients at risk of stroke and/or diagnosed with acute stroke

2. Be able to function as a specialist stroke clinician within a multiprofessionalteam and review clinical practice against nationally-agreed guidelines.

3. Understand an evidence-based approach to primary and secondary prevention of stroke, and the prevention of, or management of post-stroke complications

4. Be able to seek out, review and critically appraise stroke evidence and explore and describe its impact on current clinical practice.


• Stroke risk, prevention and epidemiology.

• Cerebral anatomy and pathophysiology.

• Evidence-based, acute and hyper-acute stroke management.

• Multi-professional team approach.





Assumed Knowledge

Ability to critically appraise the evidence.

Assessment Items

Literature Review: Literature Review Part 1

Written Assignment: Group Debate

Literature Review: Literature Review Part 2

Participation: Peer Marking x 3

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This course is presented on-line.