Course Title: Cardiorespiratory Biology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cardiorespiratory Biology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Verghese

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0282

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.039

Course Coordinator Availability: Please request an appointment via e-mail

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge



Course Description

This course will undertake a comprehensive examination of the human cardiovascular and respiratory systems in both health and disease. Knowledge of the pathophysiological processes will be used to develop an understanding of the symptoms observed in patients suffering from common disorders such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and an appreciation of different approaches to treatment including lifestyle changes and pharmacological intervention.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Biomedical Science BP231:

  • PLO 2: Exhibit a breadth and depth of scientific knowledge;
  • PLO 3: Critically analyse and solve scientific problems;
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate effective communication of biomedical science.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge in cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology to understand the function and interactions of these systems.
  2. Compare the normal physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to the dysfunction that arises in pathological states.
  3. Discuss the pathological processes leading to common disorders such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  4. Communicate, in writing and orally, current understanding of selected aspects of cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities will include lectures and tutorials. You will undertake 2 hours of lectures and 2 hour tutorial per week.

Lecture material will encourage reference to previously learned material (Human Physiology: Body Systems 1 and 2), and its relationship to pathophysiology.

Tutorials are designed to enhance the material delivered in lectures and aid integration of the topics presented in lectures with your research of the relevant literature. They are also intended to give you feedback on your progress and develop your skills in group work.

Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to make use of the learning management system accessed through myRMIT, which will include announcements, lecture notes and additional resources.

Further resources can be found at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests Two in-class tests 

Weighting 25% (2 x 12.5%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Written assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Scientific presentation

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Final exam

Weighting 45%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3