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BMSC12006 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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).

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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.48% 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: Student feedback
Feedback
Students noted that there was a lot of content presented in the the first 8 weeks of term and this dramatically tapered off towards the end. Whilst some students liked this aspect as it gave more time to finalise assessments and prepare for the exam, others would have liked a more even distribution of content.
Recommendation
The majority of the content was delivered in the first 8 weeks because students needed to have read chapters 1-14 of the prescribed text before attending residential school (which was held approximately mid-term in 2018). Whilst the staff affiliated with this unit are not able to nominate which dates the residential schools are delivered, a formal request has been made to move the back later in the term so some of the content can be redistributed to later weeks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the flexible format of the residential school which enabled people to work at their own speed and leave when all tasks were finished (meaning students could potentially leave early on the last day).
Recommendation
The current format of the residential school should be retained as students found the self paced sessions a motivating factor to stay on task and complete the activities in a timely manner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students noted this was a content heavy unit. In saying this they did enjoy the material that was presented and the enthusiastic presentation format. Overall most students were eager to learn and often asked for additional activities to support their learning.
Recommendation
A similar presentation strategy should be used for future delivery of this unit. Staff should also look into identifying additional study resources / activities which could be uploaded to moodle to help support students in learning the content. Additionally, it should be noted that this is a second year anatomy and physiology unit and the content and assessments are commensurate of this level of study. To this effect, students are also expected to deliver work at a intermediate level.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
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
7 - Cross Cultural 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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination