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HPRS1034 Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular/Respiratory and Sleep Science (part 1)

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the theoretical concepts and application of testing the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Our dedicated skills facilities will allow you to apply your knowledge in a safe environment under the supervision of clinical experts. The inclusion of model patients will provide you with confidence and the communication skills required whilst out on your year 1 clinical placements.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The overall aim of this module is to ensure you understand the application of cardiorespiratory/sleep science.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Outline the anatomy and physiology relating to cardiac vascular, respiratory and sleep science.
  • Understand the application of safe and effective clinical practice in diagnostic physiological measurement in normal subjects including 12 lead ECG, non-invasive blood pressure, oxygen saturation and spirometry.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of routine diagnostic investigations in cardiovascular respiratory and sleep science.
  • Use correct terminology when discussing scientific issues


Indicative Content Anatomy and physiology applied to cardiology, vascular, respiratory and sleep science. - Sleep / wake cycle and common sleep disorders - Anatomy of the vasculature and blood flow - Diseases of the vascular system - The cardiac cycle and control of the circulation - Fundamental cardiac electrophysiology - Investigations and procedures performed for the diagnosis of cardiac disease - Introduction to the recognition and interpretation of normal ECG waveforms - 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 - Investigations and procedures performed for the diagnosis of respiratory and sleep disorders - Calibration and quality control procedures

Special Features

The module is delivered in a specialist skills facility allowing your knowledge to be put into practice. It also includes introducing you to real patients who provide you with an insight into their health experiences.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will learn by exploring material in seminars and laboratory practical's in conjunction with directed learning. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for the development of their own learning by utilising a variety of means such as multimedia resources, and the library, and by self-directed development of the study skills necessary to access these resources.

Independent Study145
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Klabunde, R. (2005). Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts. 

Aaronson, P., Ward J & Connolly, M. (2012). The Cardiovascular System at a Glance. 

Chokroverty, S. & Thomas, R. (2005). Atlas of Sleep Medicine. 

Morris, F. (2008). The ABC of Clinical Electrocardiography. 

Marieb, E. (2018). Human Anatomy & Physiology. 

Butkov, N., Lee-Chiong, T. (2007). Fundamentals of sleep technology. 

West, J (2008). Pulmonary Pathophysiology. 

Sunthareswaran, R. (2004). Cardiovascular System. 

McNicholas, W & Phillipson, E (2008). Breathing Disorders in Sleep. 

Ward, J., Ward, J. & Weiner C (2006). The Respiratory System at a Glance. 

Opie,l. (2004). Heart Physiology: From Cell to Circulation. 

Guyton, A. & Hall, J. (2009). Textbook of Medical Physiology. 



Blackboard quizzes


MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional student costs for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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