BMSC12006 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Coronary Care Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to discuss the structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and relate physiological function to common clinical tests of cardiorespiratory physiology. You will study the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of a range of cardiac and respiratory conditions including acute coronary syndromes, cardiac failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Skill development in spirometry and electrocardiography (ECG) and best practice measurement will occur through practical exercises. You will also gain skills in case management and clinical interventions during the residential school to contextualize knowledge of respiratory and coronary care.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
3. Examination 60%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The residential school needs have either be reduced or have more tasks available for the students to complete. Staff and Students Lab tutor has more activities that could be included in this residential school. We could expand on the toad heart practical, rather than visualisation the students could record data sets.
One piece of graded assessment is heavy weighting for this course Students Re-introduce exam or another piece of graded assessment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.
  2. Perform, according to best practice guidelines, spirometry, 12 lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and undertake thorough clinical history and assessment of cardiac patients.
  3. Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.
  4. Recognise the effects of the major medication groups on cardiovascular and respiratory system function.
  5. Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical Assessment  
3 - Examination  

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
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Huszar's Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes: Interpretation and Management Text & Pocket Guide Package, 4th Edition
Author/s: Keith Wesley Year: 2011
Edition: 4th Publisher: Elsevier
Country: USA
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology: Essentials of Respiratory Care
Author/s: Terry Des Jardins Year: 2013
Edition: 6th Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
City: NY State: NY
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • LabTutor
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAndrew Fenning (a.fenning@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, blood vessels, blood pressure, autonomic nervous system control of the CVS, basic electrophysiology and ECG

Weekly Moodle block

Week 2 13-03-2017

Respiratory anatomy and physiology (URT/LRT), respiratory blood supply and circulations, autonomic control of respiration

Weekly Moodle block

Week 3 20-03-2017

Respiratory physiology 1 - ventilation, resistance, compliance, acid/base balance, typical lung pathologies

Weekly Moodle block

Week 4 27-03-2017

Respiratory physiology 2 - spirometry and oxygen transport

Weekly Moodle block

Week 5 03-04-2017

Cardiac electrophysiology 1 - basic ECG and interpretation

Weekly Moodle block

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Cardiac electrophysiology 2 - arrhythmia diagnosis

Weekly Moodle block

Week 7 24-04-2017

Cardiac electrophysiology 2 - arrhythmia diagnosis

Weekly Moodle block

Written Assessment - assignment Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Cardiac electrophysiology 2 - arrhythmia diagnosis

Weekly Moodle block

Week 9 08-05-2017

No classes - residential school 1

Practical Assessment Due Tuesday (09 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

No classes - residential school 2

Week 11 22-05-2017

No classes - revision

Week 12 29-05-2017

No classes - revision

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - assignment
Task Description

Assignment topic - Choose one of the following options as the focus of your assessment item:

1 - A patient with cardiomyopathy inducing left ventricular hypertrophy, decreased left ventricular function and long-QT syndrome

OR

2 - An elite freediver who is at the point of hypoxia on the return journey to the surface following a deep dive

OR

3 - A soldier suffering from heat exhaustion and hyponatremia following a mission near the equator

Using one of the above scenarios, describe the interrelationship of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems by exploring the contribution of each system to typical "normal" physiological functioning compared to their current status.

Students should use journal articles and referenced textbook material to support their arguments. Word limit is 4000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria and marking scheme will be used to evaluate the assignment:

Section Marks Criteria
Topic/Title/Content 30 The response should state clearly the topic to be reviewed together with sufficient supporting evidence (references). Statements should be appropriately referenced and ideas should flow in a logical manner. Examination of practical experiments/techniques should be included.
Referencing 10 All articles referred to in the assignment need to be listed in this section. Referencing style should follow the “Harvard” style as described in the website listed in the assignments section of this Course Profile. It is estimated that a minimum of 10 journal articles will be required. Currency of the journals articles is important.
Positioning of Discussion 30 The implications of the relationship between both systems and how changes can be typically assessed should be discussed. The assignment should also discuss the current status of the subject described in each scenario.
Writing style/Presentation 30 The document should be word processed and submitted electronically via Moodle. Assignments should be clearly written in full sentences (not points) using correct spelling and grammar. Abbreviations should be explained when first used.
Total 100
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.

3. Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.

4. Recognise the effects of the major medication groups on cardiovascular and respiratory system function.

5. Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

During the practical / residential school block you will complete a series of tasks including a practical evaluation of 12-lead ECG placement, patient assessment and interpretation. Other items will focus on cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology and autonomic nervous system modulation. The tasks will be graded during the residential school as P/F.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Tuesday (09-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Practical exercises and assessment will be completed during the block practical/residential school
Return Date to Students Week 10 Tuesday (16-May-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The tasks will be graded during the residential school as P/F. Check the assessment block in Moodle when available in relation to the practical manual.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Completed during residential school

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.

2. Perform, according to best practice guidelines, spirometry, 12 lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and undertake thorough clinical history and assessment of cardiac patients.

3. Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.

5. Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

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



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Length 150 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe and recognise common coronary and cardiorespiratory pathologies.

3. Accurately interpret 12 lead ECGs to aid in the diagnosis of common cardiac conditions.

4. Recognise the effects of the major medication groups on cardiovascular and respiratory system function.

5. Evaluate clinical data to aid in diagnosis and patient management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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