RSC201 Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Physiology (8)

This subject allows students to explore cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology in increasing depth to their previous study in BMS130. There is a focus on the structure-function relationship within those two system and how they work together to achieve ventilation, respiration and perfusion in health and across the lifespan. The subject is delivered via Interact and Online meetings using modules and assessment items which guide learners through the content in a way that facilitates time management and depth of learning. The subject is designed to build on foundation knowledge of physiology and support students studying within the field of Clinical Physiology and/or cardiorespiratory health and education.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RSC201. 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

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to identify and describe the gross and microscopic anatomy of the cardiorespiratory system in health and disease;
  • Be able to discuss the physiological principles of ventilation, diffusion and gas transport in relation to the structure of the respiratory system anatomy;
  • Be able to discuss the physiological principles of circulation and the mechanisms regulating perfusion in relation to the structure of the cardiovascular system;
  • Be able to relate the anatomy and physiology of the cardiorespiratory system to homeostasis and discuss the changes and adaptions made within the system over the lifespan.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1. Respiratory Anatomy
  • 2. Ventilation and Respitatory Mechanics
  • 3. Gas Exchange
  • 4. Cardiovascular System
  • 5. Oxygen Transport
  • 6. Carbon Dioxide Transport and Acid-Base Balance
  • 7. Ventilation-Perfusion Relationships
  • 8. Control of Ventilation (Neural and Chemical)
  • 9. Cardiorespiratory System Development and Aging

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of RSC201 in Session 1 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 %
Review questions
Final exam

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.