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BMSC12009 Sleep Physiology and Measurement
Sleep Physiology and Measurement
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General Information


This unit enables students to relate diagnostic monitoring of sleep behaviour across the lifespan via polysomnography to sleep physiology and specific sleep disorder groups. Common causes and treatments for sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, hypersomnia and sleep related movement disorders will be investigated.


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

BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and Measurement

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 2 - 2023


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).

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

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 student emails.


Some students felt that there should be a greater proportion of marks assigned to the group work component of Assessment 2.


Review the weightings of the individual components assigned to Assessment 2 (Group Work task) to better reflect the group work component.

Feedback from Unit evaluation


Students enjoying having weekly lectures and fortnightly tutorials.


Tutorials will continue to be held fortnightly to support the weekly lectures.

Feedback from Self-reflection


The inclusion of a weekly worksheet or quiz would further support students to assess their knowledge


A worksheet will be created for each week to allow students to test their understanding of the content and provide an additional source of revision.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe normal sleep physiology with reference to gender and age specific differences
  2. Define circadian rhythms and factors that influence them
  3. Describe the measurement and function of polysomnographic recording of sleep behaviour
  4. Interpret the analysis process for sleep staging of polysomnographic recordings
  5. Analyse the diagnosis and consequences of sleep deprivation
  6. Explore causes, clinical features and treatment of sleep disordered breathing
  7. Discuss the prevalence, types and treatments for insomnia
  8. Describe symptoms, monitoring and evaluation techniques for hypersomnia
  9. Discuss and differentiate sleep related movement disorders
  10. Evaluate the use of polysomnography in investigating sleep disordered breathing in children.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Group Discussion - 40%
3 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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 - 20%
2 - Group Discussion - 40%
3 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources



Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine

1st Edition (2012)
Authors: Richard Berry
Elsevier Saunders
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , United States of America
ISBN: 9781437703269
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

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