CQUniversity Unit Profile
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement
Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 30-03-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

This unit prepares you for entry into the clinical environment by developing your knowledge and understanding of key physiological processes associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and introducing you to fundamental techniques used to measure cardiorespiratory function. You will enhance knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, how the functionality of these two systems is interlinked, how pathological alterations in either system will result in systemic effects and, how major classes of medications mediate their effects within and between the two systems. Successful completion of this unit will require you attend all practical activities, perform fundamental cardiorespiratory measurements and interpret data collected from these procedures.

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

Pre-requisite - 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 - 2020

Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
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 Unit Evaluation and Instructional Team

Feedback

The length of the lectures were too long.

Recommendation

Lectures will be “chunked” in future offerings of BMSC12006 to assist students in retaining the weekly material.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

The tutorials assisted students and guided them through the unit.

Recommendation

Tutorials to be continued in future offerings of BMSC12006.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

Students enjoyed the engaging activities at the Residential Schools.

Recommendation

The current Residential School format will be retained for future offerings of BMSC12006

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain key physiological processes associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  2. Explain how a pathological alteration in either the cardiovascular or respiratory systems will have systemic impacts
  3. Perform cardiorespiratory measurements and interpret the results
  4. Accurately interpret ECG rhythm strips to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions
  5. Identify how major classes of cardiovascular and respiratory medications mediate their effects.
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 - Practical Assessment - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
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 - Practical Assessment - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology Essentials of Respiratory Care

Edition: Seventh (2020)
Authors: Des Jardins T
Delmar / Cengage Learning
Florence Florence , KY , United States of America
ISBN: 9781337794909
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

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

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Candice Pullen Unit Coordinator
c.pullen@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Anatomy and physiology of respiratory system / Ventilation

Chapter

Chapters 1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 1. Please see the Moodle site for details.
Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Pulmonary function measurements / Diffusion of pulmonary gases

Chapter

Chapters 3 and 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 2. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system / Oxygen and carbon dioxide transport

Chapter

Chapters 5 and 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 3. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Acid-base regulation / Ventilation-perfusion relationships

Chapter

Chapters 7 and 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 4. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Control of ventilation / Electrophysiology of the heart

Chapter

Chapters 9 and 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 5. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

The standard 12-lead ECG system / ECG Interpretation

Chapter

Chapters 13 and 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 6. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Renal failure and its effects on the cardiopulmonary system

Chapter

Chapter 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 7. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Exercise and its effects on the cardiorespiratory system / The effects of major medications on the cardiorespiratory system

Chapter

Chapter 18

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online tutorial session via zoom. This session will focus on the content covered in week 8. Please see the Moodle site for details.

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Revision (No new content)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Revision (No new content)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Revision (No new content)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Revision (No new content)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Please note: This unit is content heavy. It has been designed as an intensive unit, whereby all content will be covered by week 8. This familiarises students with the required content prior to the residential schools.

Live lectures will be delivered weekly and will be recorded to allow students to review the content. Tutorials for the unit will be held online to allow participation of both those students enrolled on-campus and via distance. A poll will be available on the Moodle site for students to nominate a tutorial time.

From weeks 9-12 a weekly revision session will be held online via zoom. An appropriate time will be discussed with students during the term. These sessions will be student-led to focus on areas that students require assistance.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assessment

Task Description

During the Residential School, you will be required to complete a series of tasks related to content covered in the unit lectures. Such activities include spirometry, pH acid-base calculations, as well as performing a 12-lead ECG. Upon completion of all laboratory components, you will be assessed on your understanding of the theory associated with these techniques and your competency in performing them. The tasks will be graded as Pass / Fail.

In order to pass this Practical Assessment, you must complete all of the following objectives:

  • Attend and participate in all Residential School sessions.
  • Perform and interpret a 12-lead ECG
  • Answer a set of short answer questions which will require you to interpret data of cardiopulmonary function tests – You will be given one card (from a randomised set) which will contain three questions. One question will be based on spirometry (i.e. interpreting lung function test results), one question will relate to a pH / acid-base balance case-study and one question will relate to ECG interpretation. You must attempt all three (3) questions and get at least two (2) questions correct in order to pass.


Assessment Due Date

The Practical Assessment will be completed during the Residential School.


Return Date to Students

Students will receive feedback on their Practical Assessment at the conclusion of the Residential School.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
You must pass the Practical Assessment to be eligible to pass the unit.

Assessment Criteria

A Pass / Fail grade will be awarded depending on the level of competency and knowledge displayed during the Practical Assessment. In the event that a fail grade is awarded, students will be allowed a second attempt at the practical assessment during the residential school. 



Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform cardiorespiratory measurements and interpret the results
  • Accurately interpret ECG rhythm strips to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This assessment item requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of the interrelationship of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. To meet this objective, you are required to outline how each of these systems contributes to “normal” physiological functioning and then compare this to how their functions are altered in a pathological condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

More specific guidance on this task is provided on the Unit Moodle site; but in summary, your submission should address each of the following points:

  • An outline of how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems function under normal conditions
  • A discussion of how the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • A discussion of any biochemical changes which occur in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems as a consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • An overview of any compensatory mechanisms the cardiovascular and respiratory systems use to offset changes induced by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

In developing your assignment, you should consult peer-reviewed journal articles and referenced textbooks. The use of non-peer-reviewed sources of information is strongly discouraged. Your response should be submitted in essay format (maximum 2000 words) as a word document to the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST

Students are required to upload their assessments to the unit Moodle site prior to the submission deadline. In the absence of an approved Extension, late submissions will incur a 5% penalty per day after the due date.


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020)

Feedback for this assessment task will be uploaded to the unit Moodle site.


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The Written Assessment will be evaluated in accordance with a detailed marking rubric which can be found on the unit Moodle site.

Your knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems under normal and pathological conditions will be assessed. You will also be assessed on your ability to articulate the relationship between the systems and how alterations in one of the systems affect the other.

Spelling, grammar and referencing will also be assessed.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission is to be in Word format (doc. or docx.) or PDF format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain key physiological processes associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Explain how a pathological alteration in either the cardiovascular or respiratory systems will have systemic impacts


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

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
150 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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