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.

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

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 40%
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 Policy 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. 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 - 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
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination