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BMSC13005 - Advanced Cardiovascular Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this course, students should be able to relate cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology to advanced clinical diagnostic tests of cardiovascular function including haemodynamic, electrophysiological, angiographic and sonographic cardiovascular measurement. Therapeutic interventions including cardiac pacing, coronary artery stenting and pharmacotherapy will be investigated. Distance education (FLEX) students will be required to have access to a computer to make frequent use of internet resources to promote development of course learning outcomes.


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

BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Measurement - prerequisite

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 60%
2. 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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system in relation to the procedure of cardiac catheterisation and measurements made during the procedure.
  2. Justify the appropriate use of haemodynamic, angiographic and electrophysiological clinical measurements of the cardiovascular system.
  3. Explain haemodynamic measurements, angiographic and electrophysiological clinical measurements of the heart and vessels according to best practice guidelines.
  4. Explain the factors important to ensure accuracy and precision in pressure, flow, angiographic and electrical measurement of the cardiovascular system.
  5. Interpret results of the above tests and describe the underlying pathophysiology of abnormal test results.
  6. Review clinical indications and describe the processes for coronary angioplasty and stenting.
  7. Discuss the electrophysiology of the heart and the theory and clinical indications for cardiac pacing.
  8. Describe pharmacotherapeutic interventions for cardiovascular diseases.
  9. Recognise the current applications of cardiovascular sonography in detection and monitoring of disease.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination