Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Discuss the nature and inter-relationship of factors controlling the function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems
- Explain the structure and function of the normal respiratory and cardiovascular systems
- Discuss the basic principles underlying management options for diseases of these systems
- Recognise ways in which structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems are disturbed during disease processes and describe the scientific bases of common diseases of these systems
- Discuss strategies for preventing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases
- Describe methods for encouraging health conscious behaviour modification in individuals
- Demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills in the calculation and interpretation of quantitative scientific and clinical data
- Explain and interpret methods available to study respiratory and cardiovascular disease in individual patients (such as spirometry, ECG, blood tests, radiographs and clinical pathology reports) the principles behind each and demonstrate an awareness of the requirements surrounding infection control when performing these tests.
- Recognise the impact of disease and dysfunction of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems on patients and their families and the scope of treatment and management options available within healthcare
- Describe the basic mechanisms of action and use of drugs to modify the function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and identify ways in which these drugs may be used to treat diseases
- Identify determinants of health, health inequalities and variations in health care delivery
In order to meet the learning outcomes, the syllabus will contain teaching in the following areas:
Clinically relevant anatomy of the thorax, lung, heart, blood vessels, abdomen, pelvis
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Airway modulators, anti-hypertensive, anti-arrhythmics, anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs, lipid-lowering drugs, diuretics
Mendelian and non-Mendelian, chromosomal abnormalities, types of mutations
Lungs and airways, heart and blood vessels
Nutrition and Metabolism
Pathways of cellular respiration, transport and metabolism of lipids
Pathology and Microbiology & Infectious Disease
Airway inflammation, asthma, COPD, respiratory pathogens, thrombosis and embolism, ischaemia and infarction, endocarditis
Lung mechanics and control of ventilation, carriage of gases and acid base balance, cardiac cycle and ECG, blood pressure control and vascular control, cardiorespiratory adaptation to exercise
Global health and health inequalities, primary and secondary prevention in cardiorespiratory disease
Sociology and Psychology (as applied to Medicine)
Social and psychological determinants of health and health inequalities, gender and heart disease, stigma.
CPR and first aid, measurement of blood pressure, recording an ECG, performing spirometry
Communication and Professionalism
Professional skills, including group and independent study, team working and communication skills, formatively assessed in laboratory practical classes and tutorials
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include:
Problem solving scenarios
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Resources & Reading list
On the Cardiopulmonary e-learning page: Specific resources including anatomy, histology and pharmacology interactive materials, Pathology interactive Practicals (PiPs), and the Virtual Patient with Pompe’s disease.
At the end of year 1, there is a synoptic examination comprised of a Written paper, an MCQ paper and a Practical paper (components) covering material from Foundations of Medicine, Locomotor, and Cardiopulmonary modules. There is compensation between these three components, however, a qualifying mark needs to be achieved in each of the components.
Students who fail any/all of these components will have a supplementary attempt which will consist of all 3 components. Students who fail the supplementary examination will be offered a repeat year.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
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This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.