ANHB5432 Fundamentals of Sleep Biology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
This unit consists of six modules: (1) introduction to sleep; (2) regulation of sleep; (3) anatomy and physiology of normal sleep; (4) respiratory sleep disorders; (5) treatment of respiratory sleep disorders; and (6) non-respiratory sleep disorders and their treatment.

It is preferred that Sleep Science and Dental Sleep Medicine students take this unit first, however ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology is the only prerequisite unit for the intensive units ANHB5433 Sleep Technology in Practice and ANHB5434 Sleep Biology in Practice, units in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), or the Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320).
Students are able to (1) summarise the major causes and consequences of acute and chronic sleep deprivation, and compare the effectiveness of different treatment strategies including behavioural and pharmacological interventions; (2) illustrate how sleep affects different systems in the body including the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems; (3) summarise the detrimental influences of jet lag and shift work on circadian biology and the consequences on performance; (4) list the most important measurements required to perform an overnight sleep study and explain the contribution of each measurement to describing sleep behaviour; (5) identify the stage of sleep and the presence or absence of sleep-disordered breathing from a standard polysomnographic recording; and (6) apply understanding of the pathophysiology of sleep-disordered breathing to distinguish between an appropriate or inappropriate treatment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment for each module (one online quiz for each module) and (2) a final online examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Eastwood, Dr Jennifer Walsh & Dr Kathleen Maddison
Unit rules
enrolment in either the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320), Graduate Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine (52350), Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340), Master of Biomedical Science (71520), Master of Health Science (71540), Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) or in consultation with the unit coordinator
for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210) or Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science 52320: ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology for students who commence their course at the start of the year, but not for the students who commence their course in July
Contact hours
no formal contact—students are able to seek assistance by email or phone. Students are expected to spend approx. 50 hours working through the online learning modules, readings and quizzes. Some additional study time is recommended (approx. 100 hours).
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-Z-1_2019_ONLINE]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-Z-3-2020]

Kryger, M. H. et al. eds Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 4th edn: Elsevier Saunders 2005

Rechtschaffen, A. and Kales, A. A Manual of Standardised Terminology, Techniques and Scoring System for Sleep Stages of Human Subjects: Brain Research Institute 1968

Iber, C. et al. The AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events—Rules, Terminology and Technical Specifications: American Academy of Sleep Medicine 2007

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