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BMSC12006 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to discuss at an advanced level the structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and relate physiological function to the most common clinical tests of cardiorespiratory physiology at rest and during exercise; spirometry, electrocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). Skill development in spirometer and ECG calibration and best practice measurement will occur through practical exercises. Students will learn to interpret spirometric, ECG and CPET results by distinguishing normal from abnormal features. Distance education (FLEX) students will be required to have access to a computer to make frequent use of internet resources and to attend a residential school on Rockhampton campus to promote development of course learning outcomes.

Details

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

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 3 - 2013

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 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 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.22% 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 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.
Action Taken
Rather than chunking of lectures, live lectures were delivered to allow students the opportunity to engage with the Co-ordinator. This was well received by the students, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown period when students felt isolated.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The tutorials assisted students and guided them through the unit.
Recommendation
Tutorials to be continued in future offerings of BMSC12006.
Action Taken
Tutorials were continued with a strong student focus. Students were able to control what content was covered during the tutorial depending on the needs of the cohort.
Source: 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
Action Taken
Unfortunately, due to COVID- 19 restrictions, it was not possible to conduct the residential school in 2020. However, online residential school modules were developed to replicate the theoretical knowledge that underpinned the practical knowledge that students would have acquired during the residential school.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students enjoyed the condensed structure of this unit
Recommendation
The structure of this unit will be maintained for future offerings. All content is covered in weeks 1-8, allowing students to complete all theory before attending the residential school in weeks 9 and 10.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey Staff reflection
Feedback
Provision of exemplars for the written assessment
Recommendation
Exemplars of the assessment task will be provided to advise students on the depth of content required as per the marking rubric.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge about structure to explain function in the cardiorespiratory system at rest and during exercise
  2. Explain the physiological processes underlying cardiac contraction and blood circulation
  3. Explain the physiological processes underlying pulmonary ventilation, gas exchange and gas transport
  4. Discuss homeostatic control of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  5. Describe the physiological basis of commonly utilised non-invasive clinical tests of cardiovascular and respiratory system function
  6. Perform, according to best practice guidelines, spirometry, 12 lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)
  7. Justify your analysis of spirometry, ECG and CPET clinical test results as normal and abnormal
  8. Recognise the effects of the major medication groups on cardiovascular and respiratory system function

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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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
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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
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2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Practical Assessment