BMSC13008 - Advanced Cardiorespiratory Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit students should be able to relate cardiorespiratory physiology and pathophysiology to advanced clinical tests of cardiovascular and respiratory function including haemodynamic, electrophysiological and angiographic cardiovascular measurement. Students will gain vital knowledge of various pulmonary function tests including static lung volumes, pulmonary gas exchange, airway resistance, compliance, maximal pressures and blood gas measurements.


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 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 60%
2. 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%).

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 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% 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 self-reflection
Use of pre-recorded learning promoted self-directed learning.
The use of pre-recorded lectures be continued.
Action Taken
Pre-recorded lectures were utilised however these were complemented with weekly tutorial/ drop-in sessions to promote student engagement.
Source: Self-reflection
Replace text used in cardiovascular topics
Develop an e-reading list through the library to accommodate all of the cardiac techniques covered.
Action Taken
An e-Reading list was developed, however, students have requested that a prescribed text that aligns with the content be prescribed.
Source: Unit evaluation
Fast return of assessment item and use of Grademark.
Continue with the use of Grademark to ensure a fast turn around time the regards to marking.
Action Taken
Grademark was used to ensure a rapid turn around time.
Source: Staff reflection
Continued use of pre-recorded lectures and a live tutorial session to promote engagement.
Lectures will be pre-recorded and made available at the start of the term. Live tutorials will be held via Zoom to allow students to ask questions and engage with the teaching staff.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the underlying physiology requiring clinical cardiorespiratory measurements
  2. Explain the various types of cardiorespiratory measurement according to best practice guidelines
  3. Rationalise the implementation of a particular cardiorespiratory measurement
  4. Interpret the results from cardiorespiratory measurement
  5. Consider the pharmacological implications for cardiorespiratory measurement.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test