CQUniversity Unit Profile
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management
Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management
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General Information

Overview

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to discuss the structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and relate physiological function to common clinical tests of cardiorespiratory physiology. You will study the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of a range of cardiac and respiratory conditions including acute coronary syndromes, cardiac failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Skill development in spirometry and electrocardiography (ECG) and best practice measurement will occur through practical exercises. You will also gain skills in case management and clinical interventions during the residential school to contextualize knowledge of respiratory and coronary care.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Rockhampton
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Staff and Students

Feedback

The residential school needs have either be reduced or have more tasks available for the students to complete.

Recommendation

Lab tutor has more activities that could be included in this residential school. We could expand on the toad heart practical, rather than visualisation the students could record data sets.

Feedback from Students

Feedback

One piece of graded assessment is heavy weighting for this course

Recommendation

Re-introduce exam or another piece of graded assessment.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.
  2. Perform, according to best practice guidelines, spirometry, 12 lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and undertake thorough clinical history and assessment of cardiac patients.
  3. Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.
  4. Recognise the effects of the major medication groups on cardiovascular and respiratory system function.
  5. Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Practical Assessment - 0%
3 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology: Essentials of Respiratory Care

Edition: 6th (2013)
Authors: Terry Des Jardins
Delmar Cengage Learning
NY NY , NY , USA
ISBN: ISBN 9780840022585
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

Huszar's Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes: Interpretation and Management Text & Pocket Guide Package, 4th Edition

Edition: 4th (2011)
Authors: Keith Wesley
Elsevier
USA
ISBN: 9780323039741
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • LabTutor
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Andrew Fenning Unit Coordinator
a.fenning@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, blood vessels, blood pressure, autonomic nervous system control of the CVS, basic electrophysiology and ECG

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Respiratory anatomy and physiology (URT/LRT), respiratory blood supply and circulations, autonomic control of respiration

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Respiratory physiology 1 - ventilation, resistance, compliance, acid/base balance, typical lung pathologies

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Respiratory physiology 2 - spirometry and oxygen transport

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Cardiac electrophysiology 1 - basic ECG and interpretation

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Cardiac electrophysiology 2 - arrhythmia diagnosis

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Cardiac electrophysiology 2 - arrhythmia diagnosis

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment - assignment Due: Week 7 Friday (28 Apr 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Cardiac electrophysiology 2 - arrhythmia diagnosis

Chapter

Weekly Moodle block

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

No classes - residential school 1

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assessment Due: Week 9 Tuesday (9 May 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

No classes - residential school 2

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

No classes - revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

No classes - revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment - assignment

Task Description

Assignment topic - Choose one of the following options as the focus of your assessment item:

1 - A patient with cardiomyopathy inducing left ventricular hypertrophy, decreased left ventricular function and long-QT syndrome

OR

2 - An elite freediver who is at the point of hypoxia on the return journey to the surface following a deep dive

OR

3 - A soldier suffering from heat exhaustion and hyponatremia following a mission near the equator

Using one of the above scenarios, describe the interrelationship of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems by exploring the contribution of each system to typical "normal" physiological functioning compared to their current status.

Students should use journal articles and referenced textbook material to support their arguments. Word limit is 4000 words.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (28 Apr 2017) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (12 May 2017)


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria and marking scheme will be used to evaluate the assignment:

Section Marks Criteria
Topic/Title/Content 30 The response should state clearly the topic to be reviewed together with sufficient supporting evidence (references). Statements should be appropriately referenced and ideas should flow in a logical manner. Examination of practical experiments/techniques should be included.
Referencing 10 All articles referred to in the assignment need to be listed in this section. Referencing style should follow the “Harvard” style as described in the website listed in the assignments section of this Course Profile. It is estimated that a minimum of 10 journal articles will be required. Currency of the journals articles is important.
Positioning of Discussion 30 The implications of the relationship between both systems and how changes can be typically assessed should be discussed. The assignment should also discuss the current status of the subject described in each scenario.
Writing style/Presentation 30 The document should be word processed and submitted electronically via Moodle. Assignments should be clearly written in full sentences (not points) using correct spelling and grammar. Abbreviations should be explained when first used.
Total 100


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.
  • Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.
  • Recognise the effects of the major medication groups on cardiovascular and respiratory system function.
  • Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assessment

Task Description

During the practical / residential school block you will complete a series of tasks including a practical evaluation of 12-lead ECG placement, patient assessment and interpretation. Other items will focus on cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology and autonomic nervous system modulation. The tasks will be graded during the residential school as P/F.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Tuesday (9 May 2017) 11:00 pm AEST

Practical exercises and assessment will be completed during the block practical/residential school


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Tuesday (16 May 2017)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

The tasks will be graded during the residential school as P/F. Check the assessment block in Moodle when available in relation to the practical manual.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Completed during residential school

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.
  • Perform, according to best practice guidelines, spirometry, 12 lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and undertake thorough clinical history and assessment of cardiac patients.
  • Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.
  • Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
150 minutes

Details
No calculators permitted
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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