RSC460 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (8)


This subject will explore the best-practice and current National Guidelines, COPD-X in relation to the diagnosis, assessment, management and care of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The subject also includes an exploration and critical analysis of scientific literature that governs clinical practice in this field. Assessment includes critical evaluation of research, reflection and a literature review, focusing on an area of interest for the student.

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Session 1
DistanceOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RSC460
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the epidemiology of COPD within the historical and world wide context;
  • be able to critique the current Australian recommendations for diagnosis and management of COPD;
  • be able to describe the respiratory pathology underlying COPD, according to both 'type' and severity of COPD;
  • be able to critically evaluate the management strategies used in the care of people with COPD;
  • Be able to define and relate the concepts of evidence-based practice and reflective practice to the role of the COPD-X Guidelines in service provision and the care of people with COPD.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definition and Aetiology of COPD
  • Pathology and Progression of COPD
  • COPD Prevalence and Mortality
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Severity Classification
  • Monitoring of COPD Status
  • COPD Management Strategies


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.