RSC431 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing (8)

This subject describes the performance and physiologic basis of specialised clinical respiratory measurement. These tests include determination and interpretation of parameters of ventilation, functional residual capacity and thoracic gas volume, pulmonary gas transfer, compliance, resistance and maximal intrapulmonary pressures.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RSC431. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

RSC201

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss the equipment and the testing methods used in determination of ventilatory function, functional residual capacity, thoracic gas volume, pulmonary gas transfer, compliance, resistance and maximal intrapulmonary pressure measurements;
  • Be able to describe the rationale and procedures for equipment calibration and minimum equipment specifications for instruments used in the specialised clinical respiratory tests described above;
  • Be able to discuss the influence of equipment characteristics on the accuracy of physiological measurements attained by these methods;
  • Be able to describe the rationale for, and the minimum patient performance standards of each of the specialised clinical respiratory tests described above;
  • Be able to define the parameters measured and their physiologic significance for each of the tests;
  • Be able to describe the process of quality control specific to each of the specialised clinical respiratory tests described above;
  • Be able to apply their knowledge of the clinical testing methods to the assessment of respiratory disease, including the selection of testing procedures and the relevant measurement parameters required to evaluate obstructive, restrictive and mixed ventilatory conditions.
  • Be able to classify ventilatory disorders as obstructive, restrictive or mixed obstruction/restriction

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: The Physiological Basis of Spirometry
  • Gas Laws
  • Equipment Standards, Performance Criteria, Prediction Equations and Calibration
  • Physiological Basis of Spirometry
  • Specialised Diagnostic Protcols
  • Module 2: Respiratory Mechanics and Lung Volumes
  • Equipment Standards, Performance Criteria, Prediction Equations and Calibration
  • Physiological Basis of Compliance, Resistance and MIPs
  • Physiological Basis of Gas Dilutions/Washouts and Body Plethysmography
  • Module 4: Alveolar Gas Transfer
  • Equipment Standards, Performance Criteria, Prediction Equations and Calibration
  • Physiological Basis of Alveolar Gas Transfer Measurement
  • Clinical measurement using single breath, multiple breath and steady-state methods

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of RSC431 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Case study analyses 1
20
2
Case study analyses 2
30
3
End-of-session examination
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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