APS502 Advanced Respiratory Care (8)

This subject builds upon a student's knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnose and management of respiratory emergencies. This subject reviews respiratory anatomy and physiology. Students will study the pathophysiology of commonly encountered acute and chronic respiratory conditions, be able to provisionally diagnose these conditions and have an appropriate understanding of the critical care management of patients with respiratory conditions as implemented by intensive care paramedics.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS502. 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



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to evaluate the pathophysiology and aetiology (characteristics and consequences) of acute respiratory emergencies to the management of respiratory care in the paramedic setting
  • Be able to critically analyse the current management guidelines of respiratory emergencies and develop evidence based treatment plans at an advanced critical care level.
  • Be able to identify, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources (e.g. point of care) to inform decision making about clinical care.
  • Be able to demonstrate safe and competent management and advanced critical care skills for respiratory emergencies in accordance with evidence based practice and current guidelines.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Respiratory system.
  • Respiratory conditions (acute pulmonary oedema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary embolism and pleural effusion).
  • Identification of respiratory conditions.
  • Management of respiratory conditions.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS502 in Session 2 2020. 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
Value %
Mcq module 1 content
Mcq module 2 content
Problem based learning task 1
Problem based learning task 2
Problem based learning task 3

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.