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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS1109 Respiratory and Sleep Science

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Lisa Ashton

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry criteria for BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiology) programme

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will give the students a foundation in the underpinning principles of Respiratory and Sleep Science. Students will develop the knowledge required to apply to practice. Utilising blended learning approach students will be provided with both theory and practical sessions to enhance learning.


To introduce the basic fundamentals of Clinical Respiratory & Sleep physiology Science.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will:

1. Describe the role of Respiratory and Sleep science in relevant patient pathways
2. Extend broad basic and clinical sciences knowledge and apply that knowledge with respect to Respiratory and Sleep science.
3. Explain the application of safe and effective clinical practice in physiological measurement associated with Respiratory and Sleep science
4. Explain the basic principles underpinning the routine investigations and procedures carried out in the diagnosis and treatment of Respiratory and Sleep diseases

Skills outcomes
During this module students will develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required for clinical placement. Specifically skills relating to respiratory and sleep science.


Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology applied to Respiratory and Sleep sciences including

Respiratory system
Sleep Wake Cycle and common sleep disorders
Pathophysiology of key body systems related to Respiratory and sleep sciences

Introduction to respiratory and sleep sciences

Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
Anatomy and physiology of central and autonomic nervous systems
Control of respiration during sleep
Control of Sleep wake cycle
Pathophysiology of lung diseases
Pharmacology and therapeutics
Investigations and procedures carried out in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease including sleep disorders
Characteristics of equipment and their evaluation
Calibration and quality control procedures
Communicable disease and microbiological hazards in the respiratory laboratory
Methods of sterilisation and disinfection
Physiological measurement systems used to measure respiration during sleep
Calculation of normal ranges

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical Demonstration12.002.00
Class tests, exams and assessment81.008.00
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through formative processes which include the workbook, VLE discussion boards, and interactive class tests as previously outline.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The examination will be in the form of a timed 3-hour unseen, online exam. The examination slot will be open for 24-hours. PSRB approval will be required. Examination pass mark for this level 1 module is 40, if this is not achieved the student will be offered further attempts in line with School policy. Re-sit will occur within the August assessment period . The students will be provided with a workbook during week 1 which supports the theoretical aspects of Respiratory science. To support application in practice the students are required to complete weekly, formative respiratory calculation tasks. These will be reviewed weekly during teaching. This will allow students to self- evaluated their progress and seek early support when required.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:42:29


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