BMSC12006 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2


BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 AND BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2


BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 AND BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Test 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 81.82% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.95% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation
Students felt that the quality of the sound on some lecture recordings needed improvement.
Sound issues within huddles spaces will be discussed with the Learning and Teaching team and efforts made to improve the quality of the recordings.
Action Taken
Lectures were pre-recorded with an external microphone to improve sound quality.
Source: Unsolicited student feedback and unit evaluation
Students enjoyed the residential school as it allowed them to put theory into practice.
The residential school will continue to be offered and continue to be adapted to student needs and updated accordingly.
Action Taken
Residential school was updated to include practical competencies to assist in skill development and practical application of foundational knowledge.
Source: Staff reflection
Utilising the Socrative platform within tutorial sessions increased student engagement and promoted student learning.
The use of Socrative will be further utilised within the unit to encourage students to attend and actively participate during tutorial sessions.
Action Taken
Socrative activities and quizzes were incorporated into each week's tutorial to facilitate active learning.
Source: SUTE unit comments
Students felt that additional resources to assist in preparing for the end-of-term test would be beneficial.
Additional resources will be developed to support students in their preparation for the end-of-term test.
Action Taken
Source: Unsolicited feedback from students.
The inclusion of practical competencies into the residential school was well received by the students.
Practical competencies will continue to be used to assess students during the residential school. Competencies will be refined to align with the Australian Council for Clinical Physiologists 2022 accreditation framework.
Action Taken
Source: Staff reflection
Incorporation of discipline-specific modules into unit in order for students to gain a better understanding of how the unit content relates to various discipline areas.
Discipline-specific modules will be developed to contextualise content depending on the students course area.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10