BMSC12009 - Sleep Physiology and Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


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 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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 20%
2. Group Discussion 40%
3. Online Test 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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 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 50% 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 and self-reflection
Update unit content to cover most recent guidelines
The unit content will be updated in 2020 to include the most recent diagnostic and classification guidelines.
Action Taken
The most recent diagnostic and classification guidelines were sourced from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and all lecture content was refreshed to reflect this.
Source: Student feedback
Streamline group work assessment item
The group work assessment will be streamlined to make it easier for students to communicate with fellow group members through dedicated forums in Moodle. Staff will continue to monitor and assist in facilitating discussions.
Action Taken
Microsoft Teams was trialled during 2020 to allow students to directly communicate with each other for the purpose of the group work assessment. This was very well received by the students.
Source: Have your say feedback Staff reflection
Inclusion of more case studies and clinical scenarios.
More case studies will be incorporated throughout the term as learning activities.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say feedback
Use of Moodle lessons for the delivery of lecture content was well received.
This format will be continued to be utilised in future offerings.
Action Taken
Source: Staff reflection
The use of Microsoft Teams improved participation and involvement by students for the group work assessment.
The use of Microsoft teams will continue to be utilised in future offering to facilitate group work.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Online Test