Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit provides information on international best practice in relation to the performance of lung function tests, management of the respiratory function laboratory leading to the skills to develop a laboratory manual, assessment of emerging techniques and their role in future clinical practice.

6 points

Students are able to (1) describe practical implementation of quality control testing procedures for lung function tests; (2) manage quality assurance programs for both laboratory and clinical practices; (3) describe procedures to assess practicality of implementing new techniques for research and clinical practice; (4) describe procedures to assess suitability of lung function techniques on patient populations; and (5) develop respiratory function laboratory manuals.


This comprises (1) formative assessments—extended matching questions (EMQs) and modified essay questions (MEQs); (2) summative assessments—EMQs and MEQs relevant to online lecture topics; and (3) written assignments based on a series of questions relevant to the supplied readings to assist students to obtain essential knowledge from the readings and to demonstrate understanding.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
PAED5709 Physiology of Respiratory Responses (formerly PAED8709 Physiology of Respiratory Responses), PAED5710 Methods in Respiratory Measurement (formerly PAED8710 Methods in Respiratory Measurement),
and PAED5711 Clinical Applications of Respiratory Responses (formerly PAED8711 Clinical Applications of Respiratory Responses).
Students must have computer facilities and access to the Web from their location of study.
Approved quota: 12
Contact hours
online tuition: 55—5.5 hours per week for 10 weeks (plus reading time)
This is one of four units in the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Respiratory Science, offered by staff of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, through the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA. Contact the School on + 61 8 9340 8891 or email [email protected] for further details.

West, J. Respiratory Physiology: the Essentials, 8th edn: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2008

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