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MEDI1030 Cardiopulmonary (CP)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop students understanding of two integrated systems vital for maintenance of health: the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and to provide opportunities to explore the physical, psychological, social and public health impact of disease and disability affecting these systems. The learning will be integrated with both previous modules (Foundations of Medicine; Locomotor). By the end of this module students should have developed an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of each organ, the pathology of major diseases of these systems, the pharmacological basis of therapeutics used to treat these diseases and the impact of these on the person and population. The learning outcomes below map directly to one or more of the Programme learning outcomes [as indicated in square brackets] that in turn are taken from the GMCs Tomorrows Doctors (2009).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the structure and function of the normal respiratory and cardiovascular systems [A1]
  • Demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills in the calculation and interpretation of quantitative scientific and clinical data [A1]
  • Explain the principles of effective communication [D3]
  • Discuss the basic principles underlying management options for diseases of these systems [A1]
  • 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 [E2, E3, E4]
  • Further develop professional skills, including group and independent study, team working and communication skills, formatively assessed in laboratory practical classes and tutorials [E1, E2, E3]
  • Discuss the nature and inter-relationship of factors controlling the function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems [A1]
  • 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 [A1]
  • Explain methods available to study respiratory and cardiovascular disease in individual patients (such as spirometry, ECG, blood tests etc) [A1], the principles behind each [D1, D6], and demonstrate an awareness of the requirements surrounding infection control when performing these tests [E4].
  • Interpret blood gases, radiographs, ECGs and clinical pathology reports [D2]
  • 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 [A1]
  • Discuss strategies for preventing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases [A1, A2, A3]
  • Describe methods for encouraging health conscious behaviour modification in individuals [A2]
  • Identify determinants of health, health inequalities and variations in health care delivery [A3, A4]


In order to meet the learning outcomes, the syllabus will contain teaching in the following areas: Anatomy 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 Human Genetics Mendelian and non-Mendelian, chromosomal abnormalities, types of mutations Histology Lungs and airways, heart and blood vessels Molecular Cell Biology/Nutrition 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 Physiology 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 Public Health 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, adherence. Clinical Skills (and physiology practicals) CPR and first aid, measurement of blood pressure, recording an ECG, performing spirometry

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: Lectures Tutor-led tutorials Practical sessions Guided self-study Problem solving scenarios eLearning Patient-based learning

Preparation for scheduled sessions145
Practical classes and workshops32
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

The standard textbooks on the BM5 Recommended Reading List.

The CP module pages on Blackboard including administrative information and all learning resources.

Specific resources including anatomy, histology and pharmacology interactive materials, Pathology interactive Practicals (PiPs), and the Virtual Patient with Pompe’s disease are available on the CP elearning page.


Assessment Strategy

As compensation applies across the synoptic summative assessment elements in this year, a fail in one or more elements will require a supplementary exam to be undertaken in all elements of the synoptic assessment to progress. According to the Academic Regulations for the BM5 programme, failure to pass referral exams results in termination of the year and repeating Year 1 is not normally allowed either externally or internally.


Online numeracy questions


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question  (140 minutes) 40%
Practical paper  (40 minutes) 20%
Written paper  (140 minutes) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity 100%


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

The module coordinators recommend the core programme set texts, which would be expected to be purchased by the students. All other costs are met by the Faculty.

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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