BMSC13019 - Advanced Cardiovascular and Respiratory Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Accurate analysis and assessment of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions requires comprehensive knowledge of clinical tests of cardiovascular and respiratory function. In this unit, you will study advanced clinical diagnostic tests of cardiovascular and respiratory function and relate it to pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory conditions. This will include study of cardiac function tests including haemodynamic, electrophysiological and angiographic cardiovascular measurement; and the study of respiratory function tests including lung volumes and capacities, pulmonary gas exchange, airway resistance, compliance and blood gas measurements. In preparation for clinical placement you will attain knowledge and skills needed to analyse cardiovascular and respiratory conditions within an ethical framework of best practice and patient safety.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
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 2 - 2023

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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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Oral Examination 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 42.86% 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
Addition of resources demonstrating the use of pulmonary function testing equipment.
Additional resources will be sourced to assist with student understanding.
Action Taken
Additional resources in the form of appropriate YouTube videos were included in the learning resources.
Source: Unit evaluation
Students indicated that the learning resources provided enhanced their understanding
Monitor student engagement with the supplied learning resources and update resources as required.
Action Taken
Students have been engaging with most of the learning resources on a regular basis.
Source: Self-reflection.
Some lecture content requires updating.
Refresh respiratory function and assessment content to align with the newer edition of the textbook.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection.
Some students found the oral assessment challenging to prepare for.
Provide students with sample questions and responses so that they have a better understanding of the types of questions that may be asked during the oral assessment.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the underlying pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
  2. Discuss the principles and procedures of various cardiovascular and respiratory measurements according to best practice guidelines
  3. Justify the implementation of a particular cardiovascular or respiratory measurement
  4. Interpret the results of cardiovascular and respiratory measurements
  5. Review the pharmacological implications associated with cardiovascular and respiratory measurements
  6. Discuss the physiological exercise responses in cardiovascular and respiratory measurement.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral 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
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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